Muhammad Asif of Pakistan cracks up with the splendid break of 138 points to set a new high break of the competition surpassing previous best of 125 which Chinese player Yuan Sijun made few minutes before.
Asif was playing against Hisham Nadi of Egypt and in second frame he took on from the first opportunity to go on and made a fabulous clearance of 138. Later he scored another break of 60 points to close the match proceedings 4-nil in his favour.
With this, the day one had seen total three century breaks. Apart from these two, Mohammed Rais Senzahi from Afghanistan had also crafted 103 points break in the morning session.
The local boy from Qatar, Ahmad Saif, was also in a good form and finished his match with a well-crafted break of 85 points against Alexis Callewaert of France. He won the match 4-nil.
However, Felix Frede from Germany was on the verge of losing his first match but he recovered well on time in 6th frame to change the fate of his match.
Felix started up well and pocketed the first frame but after that Belan Sharif of Sweden countered him smartly to take 2-1 lead. Though Felix won another frame to come at par but Belan was quick to reply and stay on lead.
The sixth frame was crucial where Belan could have won the match but Felix pulled up on black ball game to set a decider and in last frame he dominated to seal the match 4-3.