Iran snooker trailblazer stuns champion Mark Selby at British Masters
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Iranian snooker player Hossein Vafaei marked his British Masters debut with a 6-2 opening round victory over three-time champion Mark Selby on Sunday.
Vafaei, who took Zhao Xintong's place in the draw after the Chinese player became one of 10 players suspended amid an investigation into match-fixing, made two centuries and further breaks of 99, 52 and 65 to beat Selby for the third time in succession.
A dream debut at the Palace for Hossein Vafaei!— World Snooker Tour (@WeAreWST) January 8, 2023
Highlights of his 6-2 victory over Mark Selby 👇#CazooMasters | @CazooUK | @hvafaei147 pic.twitter.com/59ZI491HS2
"I can't believe it," 28-year-old Vafaei, Iran's first snooker professional, told Eurosport.
"He's such a tough opponent, he never gives up. He's such a legend and it's such a pleasure to share the table with him.
Hossein Vafaei might be crossed off referee Tatiana Woollaston's Christmas card list after this nightmare ball-replacement saga ❌🤣#CazooMasters | @WeAreWST pic.twitter.com/ltVFRbNKMN— Eurosport (@eurosport) January 8, 2023
"I'm so proud of myself to beat him again. He's one of the greatest ambassadors we have so I'm so happy to do the hat-trick against him."