Brilliant Brazilian Igor Figueiredo Claims Q Tour Glory in Rio

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Igor Figueiredo defeated Noel Rodrigues Moreira 5-1 in the final of the first Q Tour Americas event of the 2024/25 season in Rio de Janeiro.

The event marked a milestone for the Q Tour as it held it’s first event in South America in Brazil’s second-largest city.

A total of 37 South American cueists embarked on the event, which is the first to count towards the new season of Q Tour Americas events. They were split into eight groups, with both finalists as well as former professional Itaro Santos storming through this phase with a clean sweep of victories.

Santos fell to defeat in the first knockout, losing 3-1 to Gabriel Callas Andrade, but back-to-back whitewash victories saw fellow former professional Figueiredo comfortably book his place in the semi-finals – where he defeated Fabio Anderson Luersen 4-1 to reach the title match.

There he would meet fellow Brazilian Moreira, who had come through a hard-fought quarter-final contest against Claudio Menechini in a deciding frame before securing a much more comfortable win in the semi-final by beating Andrade without dropping a frame.

The experience of the 46-year-old Figueiredo, who has featured on the World Snooker Tour on numerous occasions since 2010, showed in the final as he lost just a single frame in storming to a dominant 5-1 victory and securing the first Q Tour crown of the 2024/25 season as a result.

The Global Play-Off for the 2023/24 Q Tour season gets underway on Wednesday in Bosnia & Herzegovina, with the Americas series represented by Canadian Vito Puopolo and American Hasanain Khalid Alsultani. Read the preview.