Malaysia's Thor Chuan Leong in action in the snooker singles quarter-finals at the Singapore SEA Games on Sunday.
SINGAPORE: Cueist Thor Chuan Leong is known for his never-say-die attitude.
And the 27-year-old proved just that when he staged a superb comeback to beat Thailand's Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 4-3 in the snooker singles on Sunday.
From 43 points down in the final frame, he cleared the table to win 70-43 and clinch his fourth straight semi-final appearance at the SEA Games.
His scorecard reads: 52-63, 71-44, 68-22, 41-81, 29-81, 65-37, 70-43.
Chuan Leong had made a similar escape act before - at the Myanmar Games two years ago, where he fought back from 4-1 down to beat Laos’ Sithideth Sakbieng 5-4 to win the 6-red ball singles (not contested this time) gold.
"Today's (yesterday) comeback is nothing compared to what I did in Myanmar two years ago," said Chuan Leong, who is a three-time national champion.
"But I'm really glad to have made it through."
Chuan Leong, the 2014 Asian champion, was a runner-up in the 2009 Laos Games and two-time bronze medal winner as the losing semi-finalist in Indonesia in 2011 and Myanmar.
He will take on home favourite Ang Boon Chin on Monday for a place in final with hopes of reclaiming the gold medal last won by team-mate Moh Keen Hoo at the 2007 Korat Games. Keen Hoo was eliminated in the first round on Saturday.
"I felt great to have come this far again… just two more steps to become the snooker champion of South East Asia, a title I have yet to win," he said.
Another last-four clash pits Michael Angelo Mengorio of the Philippines and Myanmar's Htet Ko.
In the women’s 9-ball pool singles, Suhana Dewi Sabtu failed to make the semi-finals after losing to Aung Aye Mi of Myanmar 7-5.
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