Mohammed Shehab

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Mohammed Shehab
Born 1976 (Age 42 or 43)
Sport country  United Arab Emirates[1]
Professional 1996/1997, 2006/2007
Highest ranking 90 (2006/2007)
Career winnings £2,700[2]
Highest break 136:
2006 UK Championship (qualifying)
Century breaks 2
Best ranking finish Wildcard round (2009 Shanghai Masters)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 1

Mohammed Shehab is a former professional snooker player from the United Arab Emirates. Shahab is a one-time winner of the Snooker Singles at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games. Shahab is a specialist Six-red Snooker player, where in 2018, he defeated reigning 2018 World Snooker Champion Mark Williams at the 2018 Six-red World Championship.

Career[edit]

Having gained experience of competitive snooker at the 1995 World Amateur Championship, Shehab turned professional in 1996, for the 1996/97 Snooker Season.

Main Tour[edit]

In his first season on the main tour, he entered nine tournaments, but his best performances came in the 1997 International Open and the European Open, where he reached the third qualifying round. Shehab had recorded his first professional win in the former, a 5–3 defeat of Englishman Rajan Sharma, but added only five more all season. Shebab would participate in the qualifying for both the 1996 UK Championship and the 1997 World Championship. His season's campaign culminated in a 1–5 loss to Iain Trimble in his second match. He finished the season ranked 397th and, with the addition of the secondary UK Tour, was immediately relegated from the main tour.

Shehab did not play again competitively for five years, until he entered the 2002 World Amateur Championship. There, he compensated for losses to Martin Gould and Alex Borg with victories over Habib Subah and seven others to progress from his group. He beat Supoj Saenla and Martin McCrudden to reach the quarter-finals, but lost 5–6 there to Steve Mifsud.

This led Shehab to enter several events on the Challenge Tour, which had replaced the UK Tour, during the 2003/2004 season; he lost in the semi-finals of one event to Stefan Mazrocis, but progressed no further after this. In Event Two, he defeated seventeen-year-old Mark Allen 4–3, but lost to Steve James in his next match. Shehab would also attempt to qualify for the world championship this season, but lose in the second round of qualifying to Lee Farebrother

Although he entered only one tournament in the following two seasons - losing 1–4 to Andrew Higginson in Event 1 of the 2004 Challenge Tour - Shehab won back his place on the main tour in 2006.

His second season as a professional brought no more success than his first, Shehab winning only four matches and earning only £500. He defeated Stuart Pettman, Liu Song and Borg in the 2006 Grand Prix, and Liu again in the Malta Cup, but lost his final four matches. Following a 6–10 loss to Mark Joyce in qualifying for the 2007 World Snooker Championship, Shehab finished the season ranked 90th, and was relegated once more from the tour.[3]

Amateur Career[edit]

Shehab would later win the Single's Snooker championship at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games. He defeated India's Yasin Merchant 4–2, Hong Kong's Chan Wai Ki 4–1, Thailand's Issara Kachaiwong 4–1, China's Xiao Guodong 4–3 before beating Thailand's Ratchapol Pu-ob-orm 4–3 in the final.[4]

After playing as a wildcard entry in the 2009 Shanghai Masters, losing 3–5 to Graeme Dott, Shebab would contenst the 2009 Six-red World Grand Prix, where he would come second in his group, defeating Joe Perry, and eventual winner Jimmy White, before defeating Nigel Bond in the first round. He would lose his scond knockout round match to Judd Trump.[5][6]

After 2009, Shehab continued to play at amateur level, entering the World Amateur Championship each year. His best performance came during the 2013 edition, when he reached the quarter-finals, where Lee Walker beat him 6–3.[7][8] Shebab would make an appearance in the 2018 Six-red World Championship, where he would qualify from his group, thanks to wins over David Gilbert[9] and Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon,[10] and a 5–4 loss to Mark Selby.[11] Shehab would draw world snooker champion Mark Williams in the last 16 knockout round.[11] Shebab would win the match 6–3, and would play Sunny Akani in the Quarter-finals.[12]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1996/
97
2003/
04
2004/
05
2006/
07
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2016/
17
2018/
19
Ranking[13][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3]
Ranking tournaments
World Open LQ A A LQ A A A A A
European Masters LQ A A LQ Not Held A A
Scottish Open LQ A Not Held A A
UK Championship LQ A A LQ A A A A A
Welsh Open LQ A A LQ A A A A A
China Open Not Held A LQ A A A A A
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ A A A A A
Ranking tournaments
The Masters A A A LQ A A A A A
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 4] NH A A A RR 2R 1R RR QF
Former ranking tournaments
Asian Classic LQ Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ A A Tournament Not Held
Thailand Open LQ Not Held A Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Not Held LQ A Not Held
Shanghai Masters Not Held A WR A A NR
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Event means an event is/was a pro-am event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format event.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b New players don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g He was an amateur.
  4. ^ The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)

Career finals[edit]

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2007 Asian Indoor Games Thailand James Wattana 4–3

Amateur finals: 2 (2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2006 Asian Amateur Championship Thailand Issara Kachaiwong 3–6
Runner-up 2. 2016 Asian Amateur Championship Thailand Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn 2–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mohamed Shehab - Player Profile - Snooker". Eurosport UK. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Mohammed Shehab Player Profile". snookerdatabase.co.uk. Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  3. ^ "WSF News - UAE Joins the World Snooker Federation - World Snooker". World Snooker. Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ "More Cue Sports Medals in 2009 Asian Indoor Games". cuesportsindia.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 6 September 2018. 
  5. ^ "2009 Sangsom 6 Reds Drawsheet". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 2011-07-05. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "2009 Sangsom 6 Reds Results". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "UAE in focus: UAE snooker player Mohammed Shehab 'still hungry for success'". The National. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  8. ^ "UAE snooker champion Mohammed Shehab eyes an encore". The National. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Thai-Phoon Breezes Into Knockout Rounds - World Snooker". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 2018-09-06. Retrieved 6 September 2018. 
  10. ^ "Selby Clinches Knockout Spot - World Snooker". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 2018-09-06. Retrieved 6 September 2018. 
  11. ^ a b Årdalen, Hermund. "SangSom 6 Red World Championship (2018) - snooker.org". snooker.org (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on August 2, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  12. ^ "SangSom 6 Red World Championship results" (PDF). thailandsnooker.org. Retrieved 6 September 2018. 
  13. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 

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