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Neena Pravin in last eight

By G. Viswanath

MUMBAI, JAN. 10. Tamil Nadu's Neena Pravin came on her own to steal the thunder and qualify for the ladies snooker quarterfinals, after winning her third match, in the Goregaon Sports Club National billiards and snooker championship here on Monday.

The others to make the last eight after a hectic robin round matches played on Monday were the National champion, Meenal Thakur, Anuja Thakur, Uma Devi and Vidya Pillai.

The world amateur No. 3, Anuja, who was in some pressure against a local girl, Neeta Sanghvi, managed to scrape through.

In another interesting match Sangeeta Hemchand bt the fancied M. Chitra.

The results: Ladies' snooker round robin:

Group A: Meenal Thakur (Mah) bt P. Saundarya (TN) 51-29, 73-30, Heena Khandelwal (Mah) bt Soumini Shrinivasan (TN) 74-27, 36-39, 88-58.

Group `B': Uma Devi (Knt) bt Ashwini Puranik (MP) 65-59, 69-32, Kamala Chandra Babu (TN) bt Suniti Damani(WB) 47-37, 78-31, Uma Devi bt Kamla Chandra Babu 58-17, 36-44, 89-9, Suniti Damani (WB) bt Sonal Mamoonwala 62-57, 46-41.

Group `C': Anuja Thakur (Mah) bt Neeta Sanghvi (Mah) 46(29)-54, 61-10, 68 (36)-60, Neena Pravin (TN) bt Neeta Sanghvi 26-61, 51-37, 60-53, Neena Pravin bt Neeta Kothari (WB) 12-39, 39-22, 45-27, Neena Pravin (TN) bt Tusha Rastogi (Mah) 95-61, 65-32.

Group `D': Sangeeta Hemchand (Mah) bt M. Chitra (Knt) 62-48, 37-48, 77-32; Vidya Pillai (TN) bt Ritu Shrivastava (MP) 56-27, 54-30, Sangeeta Hemchand (Mah) bt Ritu Shrivastava (MP) 47-33, 55-42, Vidya Pillai (TN) bt Neha Sanghvi (Mah) 69-27, 51-34.

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