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Akani Songsermsawad

NameDate of Birth Country
Akani Songsermsawad10-09-1995Thailand

Career

Songsermsawad, a regular in amateur Thai snooker events since 2011,first came to international attention with a 5–2 win over professional Matthew Selt in the Six-red World Championship,in 2008.

In 2015 he won the ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship, beating Yuan Sijun 6–4 in the final and as a result was given a two-year card on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons.His first appearance in a ranking event qualifier came at the 2016 World Championship, where he was edged out 10–9 by compatriot Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the opening round.Songsermsawad qualified for the 2016 Indian Open by defeating Ben Woollaston 4–3 and then saw off Jamie Burnett 4–1, Mark Davis 4–2 and Gary Wilson 4–2 (opened the match with a 104 break) to reach the quarter-finals of the first ranking he had appeared at.He took a 2–1 lead over Kyren Wilson, but would go on to lose 4–2. He also lost in the quarter-finals of the non-ranking Six-red World Championship 7–4 to Stuart Bingham. At the Northern Ireland Open, Songsermsawad eliminated Cao Yupeng 4–1 and Mark Davis 4–3 and was knocked out in the third round 4–2 by Wilson. He qualified for the German Masters by seeing off Graeme Dott and Jack Lisowski, but was thrashed 5–0 by Zhao Xintong in the first round. He stood one win away from playing in the World Championship after defeating Mei Xiwen 10–5 and Joe Perry 10–9, but was heavily beaten 10–3 by David Grace.Songsermsawad failed to break into the top 64 in the rankings during his two years on tour, but will stay on it by topping the one-year list.

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