Yasin Merchant, the 45-year-old cueist from Mumbai, ended his 30-year career as a top notch snooker player here yesterday, but was denied a fairytale ending that at one stage looked likely as he went down 4-5 to Australia's Steve Mifsud in the round of 32 at the IBSF World Snooker Championship.
"I feel empty," were Merchant's opening words at an impromptu media interaction after the match that saw him post a brilliant 127 clearance besides three half-century breaks as he fought back from 1-3 and 2-4 before bowing out.
"I had a good, long cry in my room, for it was a very emotional moment. To think that I will not be playing another top level snooker tournament is unbelievable. I guess, my decision to retire is still to sink in," he said.