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HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese cueists, Mã Xuân Cường and Ngô Đình Nại, have entered the main round of the Three-Cushion World Cup in Hurghada, Egypt.
Cường is No. 23 in the world and Nại is No. 30 so they had to compete from the qualifying round.
Cường beat Riad Nady of Egypt and Salman Gokhan of Turkey, while Nại defeated archrivals from South Korea, Lee Young-hoon and Cho Myung-woo. Cho is world No. 21 and was crowned the world junior champion last year.
Two other Vietnamese representatives, Mã Minh Cẩm, world No. 17, and Dương Anh Vũ, world No. 19, were ousted from the qualification.
Việt Nam sent six players to Egypt. Besides the four players above, Nguyễn Quốc Nguyện, world No. 10, and Trần Quyết Chiến, world No. 16, automatically reached the main round.
Nại will next meet Bury Jeremy of France, world No. 15. Nguyện will face Leppens Eddy of Belgium, world No. 24. While Caudron Frédéric of Belgium, world No. 1 will play against Cường and Chiến will take on Kang Dong-koong of South Korea, world No. 20. — VNS