• Iran thrilled as Soheil Vahedi reaches World under 21 final

    Soheil Vahedi edged past Li Yan 7-6 to delight the Iranian fans gathered to watch him on Kish Island.

    Soheil Vahedi, from Tehran, played supremely well in the 2008 IBSF World Championship in Austria last November, reaching the semi finals, before eventually being edged out 7-5 by experienced former pro Colm Gilcreest from Ireland.

    Now the twenty year old has gone at least one better, overcoming the pressure of being the home favourite to book his place in the Best of 17 frame final. 

    He fell 6-3 behind, before completing his recovery with a brilliant 134 total clearance and went on to win the decider on the final pink.

    He stands just one match away from achieving every player's dream, a place on the Main Professional Tour.

    He will line up in the final against  Thailand's Noppon Saengkham.

    Saengkham recovered from 4-2 behind to beat Liu Chuang 7-6 in a thrilling match.

    Liu Chuang started the event as a red hot favourite to win and regain his place on the Main Professional Tour, but now it will be Iran or Thailand sending a new young player to the 2010-11 Tour.

    2009 IBSF World Under 21 Championship Index