Thepchaiya Un-Nooh battled his way into the final of the Six Red World Championship in Thailand after defeating Hossein Vafaei 7-6 in a razor-close showdown.
The home crowd erupted as Un-Nooh, one of Thailand’s most popular players, held his nerve in the last frame to book his place in the final, where he will face either the prolific Ding Junhui or Tom Ford in a best-of-15 frames match on Saturday. Un-Nooh has reached the final of this invitational tournament on three previous occasions, winning the title and the prize money in 2015.
Vafaei took a seemingly insurmountable 5-2 lead, but a costly miss in the eighth frame gave Un-Nooh a game-changing opportunity to mount a spectacular comeback with a break of 50. Later in the session, with the score at 6-4, Un-Nooh pulled a gritty break of 59 out of his back pocket to stay in the match. Un-Nooh then won a tough 12th frame to level the score at 6-6 before clinching the 13th and final frame to secure a nail-biting 7-6 victory.
Speaking after the match, Un-Nooh expressed his deep sense of relief and gratitude to the home fans for their unwavering support. He acknowledged that when he was trailing 6-4 he was feeling pretty desperate, but he drew strength from his watching family and the home crowd’s backing. The 37-year-old up-and-coming Thai player also repeatedly highlighted the personal significance of playing in front of his home fans and reaching the final of a major event in Thailand.
Now Un-Nooh has his sights firmly set on the Six Red World Championship title for the second time in his career but he knows that he will need to play at his very best to win it. Both Ding Junhui and Tom Ford are formidable players so no matter who wins the other semi-final match Un-Nooh is going to have to be at peak form to raise the trophy again. What is for sure is that Un-Nooh will be hoping that his fans will turn out in force to cheer him on and provide him with the energy and confidence he will need to succeed.
The final will be a huge occasion for Un-Nooh since he has not won the Six Red World Championship since 2015. He has waited a long time to lift the trophy again, and he is eager to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, with his skill, experience and his consistent performance throughout the tournament so far, Un-Nooh has a good chance of defeating whoever he faces in the final of this momentous Six Red World Championship final.