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Iran's Hossein Vafaei beats Mark Williams to win Snooker Shoot Out

Hossein Vafaei becomes the first Iranian player to win a snooker ranking event by beating Mark Williams in the Snooker Shoot Out final.

Hossein Vafaei makes history at the Snooker Shoot Out, becoming the first Iranian player to win a snooker ranking event.

The world number 42, who was without a semi-final appearance since the 2019-20 campaign, was outstanding during the latter stages on Sunday, ultimately setting up a final against Mark Williams.

The Welshman, a three-time world champion, was the favourite to prevail in the final 10-minute frame of a pulsating event, particularly having defeated Robbie Williams 124-1 in the last four.

However, the veteran was on the receiving end of a dominant frame in the final, Vafaei cruising to a 71-0 triumph to crown the greatest night of his career.

Williams's solitary shot in the final was the break, his 27-year-old opponent potting a long red before compiling a lead which could not be beaten.

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