Drago and Borg register 5-0 win against UAE in World CupThursday, July 14, 2011, 16:48
Malta produced the second whitewash victory of the PTT-EGAT Snooker World Cup to pile the pressure on China and Australia.
Tony Drago and Alex Borg were in stunning form as they won 5-0 against the UAE (Mohammad Mustaffa Shehab and Mohammad al Joaker).
Drago thought Malta were out after he lost two black-ball matches against Thailand yesterday but this success could see them make the quarter-finals.
Australia and China, the two fancied teams to qualify, meet tonight and a big win could see the loser facing elimination.
“I’ve been a professional for 26 years and we’re so proud of what we’ve achieved here – whatever happens,” said Drago. “I’m very emotional with the way we played and I can’t tell you how proud I am of my man here.
“For me to play two good frames is much easier than Alex, but for him to show the character he has done over the past few days I can’t tell you how proud of him I am.
“We’re very proud of ourselves and the people back home should be as well. We’ve really done our best and hopefully we’ll qualify but it’s not in our hands.” Drago was in sensational form as he made 100 in his singles match against Shehab and then 70 in his last match against Joaker, with both frames only taking nine minutes each.
Borg also chipped in with breaks of 60 and 46 in his matches and was happy with his side’s performance.
“To have a player like Tony with you is fantastic and he showed his best today after the two black-ball games yesterday. He showed his character and told me before the start that he would go out stronger today.” Drago, who praised his country’s snooker association, especially its president Joe Carvana Curran, hoped there would be a tweak to the World Cup format.
“I would like next year for there to be no odd numbers in groups,” added Drago. “Even if it means eight groups of four, you have it like in the football World Cup where all the matches finish at the same time.
“We’re finished with our matches but China have two games to go. But this is the first time it’s been organised like this and it’s been one of the most exciting tournaments I’ve ever been involved in. “Barry’s tournaments are always very exciting. He has made me feel alive as a snooker player again and made me feel 25, not 45.”
Earlier in the Tournament Malta lost to Australia and against China both games 3-2 but won against Team 1 of Thialand 3-2.