Morgan Makes The World Games Semi-Finals

Darren Morgan

Florian Nuessle 1-3 Abdelrahman Shahin
29-55, 65-36, 37-70, 21-59

Darren Morgan 3-1 Antoni Kowalski
75-56 (52), 20-73, 66-9, 84-0 (73)

Darren Morgan completed his World Games quarter-final win over Poland’s Antoni Kowalski with a 73 break as he set up a semi-final clash with Egypt’s Abdelrahman Shahin.

Morgan had won the opening frame despite the Polish youngster making a 52. It was a 48 followed by a visit of 20 which got Morgan on the board but he was pegged back to 1-1 after a 40 by Kowalski. That was the last meaning visit for the Polish potter, however, as Morgan made a 49 to lead 2-1 and closed out the match with a 73.

“It was always going to be a tough match, Anton is a top up and coming player and has showed that over the last couple of years,”said the Welshman. “I knew I wouldn’t have it all my own way and I knew I would have to play well. After beating Pankaj last night it settled me down. It’s all about me, and if I can hold myself together. I am very pleased with the way I closed the match out because there were a couple of tricky shots.

“You take each match as it comes and the only person I am worried about is me; if I turn up I have a chance against anybody.”

Shahin won his place in the semi-finals with a 3-1 win over 20-year-old Austrian Nuessle. Shain took a low-scoring first frame but Nuessle replied with a 48 to level at 1-1. With notable breaks at a premium, the following two frames were about scoring where possible and Shahin managed to accumulate 70 points to take a 2-1 lead, and 59 in the fourth frame to progress to the semi-finals.

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