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Advani pockets junior snooker title too

By Kirti Patil



Pankaj Advani, who won the Junior National snooker title. - Photo: Sandeep Saxena

GWALIOR, FEB. 4. Pankaj Advani switched from billiards to snooker in an effortless manner to win the 28th Junior National snooker championship at the Jiwaji University here on Wednesday.

"It was a matter of switching from billiards to snooker mode as the two disciplines have totally different techniques,'' Advani said after winning the Junior snooker trophy. On Tuesday, he had won the billiards crown in almost a similar fashion, only the opponent was different.

In his last league match in the four-player final, Advani picked some incredible openings and outsmarted Sourav Kothari 4-0 in a best-of-seven-frame match. Nothing worked for Kothari, who had to be contended with the second position for the second straight year.

After modest but consistent breaks in the first frame, Advani had a big break in the second and then rest was the matter of time before he won 55-26, 79-6, 90-25, 63-23.

Geet Sethi advances

Seven-time World billiards champion Geet Sethi began his quest to qualify into the snooker main draw with a regulation 3-0 win against Aswarya Arya, in the senior qualifying snooker tournament. Sethi had nothing spectacular to offer, making breaks of 29 and 26 in the first frame and a 20 in the second, but still outclassed Arya. Sethi won 70-11, 63-25, 58-9, and now faces Antim Singhi in the third round.

Meanwhile, Shyam Jagtiani and Rishabh Thakkar picked up the remaining two berths in the billiards main draw. After receiving walkover from junior number four Aditya Mehta, Shyam Jagtiani made an easy work of K. Venkatesham and won 530-355, in the final round of the qualifying tournament. Earlier, Rishabh Thakkar, the second ranked Indian junior, defeated seasoned Rafath Habib 638-480.

The results: Final (league): Pankaj Advani (Kar) bt Sourav Kothari (Ben) 55-26, 79-6, 90-25, 63-23; Aditya Mehta (Mah) bt Dhruv Varma (Pun) 56-53, 75-42, 82-15, 59-35; Pankaj Advani bt Dhruv Varma 84-32, 76-19, 58-52, 9-74, 36-64, 64-50; Sourav Kothari bt Aditya Mehta 57-25, 63-26, 48-66, 58-68, 67-9, 56-35; Pankaj Advani bt Aditya Mehta 59-54, 16-55, 78-29, 63-39, 67-35; Sourav Kothari bt Dhruv Varma 34-59, 48-24, 54-24, 75-21, 72-2.

Final standings: 1. Advani, 2. Kothari, 3. Mehta, 4. Varma.

Billiards: senior: qualifying round: Shyam Jagtiani (Rly) bt K. Venkatesham (Rly) 530-355; Rishabh Thakkar (Mah) bt Rafath Habib (Rly) 638-480.

Snooker: second round: Geet Sethi (Guj) bt Aswarya Arya (MP) 70-11, 63-25, 58-9; Antim Singhi (Rly) bt Shakil Ahmed (Rly) 27-72, 61-21, 33-72, 96-16, 61-19; Sunil Sharma (Kar) bt Ruchir Masand (MP) 67-16, 64-8, 68-29; Mohammed Asim (Rly) bt M. S. Arun (Kar) 75-16, 56-53, 61-48; R. Prabhakaran (Rly) bt Aditya Dube (MP) 72-28, 65-24, 49-18; Anuj Uppal (Del) bt M. Senthil (TN) 71-32, 54-53, 52-61, 51-32; Siddharth Parikh (Rly) bt Bhadresh Panchal (Guj) 14-51, 67-43, 76-10, 62-32; Kamal Chawla (MP) bt R. Pravin Kumar (TN) 65-31, 72-22, 66-28.

First round: Ruchir Masand bt Ramesh Tewari (Ben) 69-55, 54-46, 19-49, 19-48, 57-45; M. S. Arun bt Manish Kukreja (MP) 44-50, 45-33, 54-25, 65-0; Bhadresh Panchal bt Venu Gopal (AP) 54-21, 64-35, 64-40; Hitesh Kotwani w/o Sumit Tatiya (MP); Shyam Jagtiani bt Wasim Ahmed (TN) 68-32, 55-29, 70-15; Siddharth Anand (Del) bt Amandeep Kohli (Mah) 61-24, 73-16, 61-44; Rishabh Thakkar bt Karan Sharda (Mah) 60-39, 58-8, 62-6; Anurag Bagri (Ben) bt Sunny Arora (J and K) 42-32, 50-62, 54-33, 72-6; K. Venkatesham bt Mohammed Mueen (TN) 57-45, 16-61, 84-77, 71-10; R. Prabhakaran bt V. Subramaniam (Mah) 19-49, 81-30, 65-45, 61-30; Aditya Dube bt S. Pandya (Mah) 63-61, 73-55, 73-20; M. Senthil bt Raunaq Vazirni (Guj) 55-39, 73-59, 55-40; Anuj Uppal bt Neel Vithlani (Mah) 73-31, 74-16, 59-23; Irfan Mirza bt Habibulla (Kar) 64-10, 75-31, 55-33; Rahul Agarwal bt Joginder Singh (Ben) 37-64, 51-28, 56-17, 63-24; R. Pravin Kumar bt G. Yugandhar (Kar) 45-63, 55-43, 38-50, 82-30, 62-20; Dhruv Sitwala (Rly) bt Harpreet Singh (TN) 86-21, 59-18, 67-64; Farooq Ibrahim (AP) bt E. Arya (MP) 17-48, 65-29, 54-46, 48-27; Bhupinder Singh (Del) w/o Ankit Kariwal (Ben); Omar Balsara (Mah) bt Sajjan Bopanna (Kar) 64-51, 39-60, 73-15, 71-28; K. Someshwara Rao (AP) w.o Kanishk Jhanjharia (MP); Sudhir Pateriya (MP) bt Vikram Mani (TN) 69-55, 40-72, 40-56, 56-36, 70-42; Vishal Madan (Rly) bt S. Praveen (AP) 54-27, 43-49, 62-19, 22-54, 62-22.

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