Ahmad Taufiq Murni in action
during the 4th Golden Break
9-Ball Invitational Championship
2012. The national cueist has
made the quarter finals of the
Labuan 9-ball tournament.
Picture: BT fileA
National cueist Ahmad Taufiq Murni is on a roll.
The Sultanate's top player is through to the quarter-finals of the Labuan 9-Ball International Championship Open 2013.
He did so with ease too after beating Labuan's Daus 9-2 in the top-32 before cruising to a 9-1 win over Zainuddin also from Labuan in the last-16 at David's Pool in Labuan.
The 24-year-old is set to go up against Labuan's Vincent Lim, who won 9-5 against Randy Wong, in the last-eight today.
"I just want to keep the momentum going. My game is okay and has been going well with no problems so far," said Taufiq in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
"Maybe there will be some tough challenges ahead tomorrow (Friday) but I hope to continue with my rhythm," he added.
Taufiq, who is ranked 38th in the Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) rankings after finishing fifth out of 48 players at the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in South Korea earlier this month, will be joined by two other Bruneians in the quarter-finals of the July 9-12 competition.
Mohd Khalid Abu Bakar is progressed into the next round after he beat Sabah's Nasrun Bali 9-7.
He is set to face David Tan of Sarawak, who defeated Hj Md Alirani Hj Besar 9-4.
The other Bruneian through is Lim Wee Kok after he won 9-6 against Kok Jken Yung of Sabah.
He will be up against Frankie Kok of Sabah, who beat Pg Anak Hj Abdul Awadi ZH Pg Anak Hj Latifuddin 9-6.
Another cueist from Brunei, Jong Wee Lee was stopped in his tracks in the last-16 after losing 9-4 to Sabah's Bali Treman.
A total of 10 Bruneians are at the July 9-12 competition with the quartet of Taufiq, Pg Anak Hj Abdul Awadi, Hj Md Alirani and Mohd Qusyairi Zainuddin playing under the Brunei Cue Sports Association (BCSA).
The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be race to 9. The final will be a race to 11.
The tournament offers a cash prize of RM2,000 and a trophy for the champion. The runner-up will get RM1,000 and a trophy while semi-finalists will be awarded RM500 and a trophy. The quarter-finalists will bring home RM250 and a trophy.