Easy wins for Advani, Chandra in ASCA invitational snooker

September 15th, 2008 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Sep 15 (IANS) Title favourites Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra displayed top form in winning their opening league matches comfortably to kick-start the Rs.375,000 Alliance Group - ASCA invitational snooker tournament here Monday. Manan, who along with Pankaj will be representing India at the IBSF world championship in Austria next month, eased past Prem Prakash 3-0 with a breaks of 98 in the first frame and 54 in the second.

The Delhi-based cueist missed out on a century as he could not gain position on the last red that was stuck on the cushion.

The day began with Advani blanking Varun Kumar 3-0 aided by breaks of 80 in the first and 63 in the second.

“I am playing quite well now, although I wouldn’t mind some rest after having played the World billiards in Bangalore earlier this week, followed by the two-day selection trials for the World championship over the weekend. But I wanted to keep my commitment here as I had agreed to play well in advance,” Pankaj told IANS.

Meanwhile, veteran Geet Sethi, looked in fluent touch as he brushed aside Vijay Nichani 3-0, a break of 63 being the highlight.

Later, India No.4 Sourav Kothari knocked in a 90 break while defeating Sunil Mathews 3-0.

In another notable result, 25-year old R. Karthik defeated S.A. Saleem, a former top ranked national player, 3-1.

Karthik did well to fight his way back after dropping the first frame in a match that fleetingly witnessed Saleem’s potting ability that not long ago had seen him win several national-level titles.

The results:

Group A: Pankaj Advani bt Varun Kumar 3-0; Varun Kumar bt Nadeem Ahmed 3-1.

Group B: Manan Chandra bt Prem Prakash 3-0.

Group C: Sourav Kothari bt Sunil Mathews 3-0.

Group E: Harpreet Singh bt S.N. Dwarak 3-0.

Group F: Geet Sethi bt Vijay Nichani 3-0; Rafath Habib bt Vijay Nichani 3-1.

Group G: R. Karthik bt S.A. Saleem 3-1.

Group H: Pranit bt Neeraj Kumar 3-1.

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