Girish scalps Geet to enter snooker tourney semis

September 20th, 2008 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Sep 20 (IANS) Rajasekar Girish scored the biggest win of his cue sport career as he scalped Geet Sethi 4-2 to enter the semi-finals of Alliance Group-ASCA invitational snooker tournament here Saturday.The 28-year old Tamil Nadu No.2 Girish, who will be soon employed with Central Railways, Mumbai, will take on India No.3 Manan Chandra who trounced Devendra Joshi 4-0.

In the other semi-final, National champion Pankaj Advani, a 4-0 winner against Rishab Pandya, plays Alok Kumar who overcame the high-flying Rupesh Shah 4-1.

Girish played well within himself to overcome Sethi who minced no words in heaping praise on his opponent.

“Girish played extremely well today and I did not,” said Sethi, the nine times World billiards champion.

Girish who had breaks of 44 in the second and 50 in the sixth said: “I concentrated on playing safe today and I am extremely happy that I won against a champion like Geet. It was my first meeting with him,” said

In another absorbing encounter, Alok Kumar played a typical slow-paced and calculative game to bring down Shah who in the previous match had compiled two consecutive century breaks.

While Alok showed a lot of grit in coming to terms with inconsistent potting, Shah battled demons in the mind as he attributed the new table conditions and “heavier balls” to his poor run.

“I played all my previous matches on the other table (Table No.1) and so, I just could not get used to this table. I just couldn’t get going,” said Shah.

Far from being outplayed, Shah had his chances in all the four frames he lost, especially the fifth when he laid two excellent snookers, made a break of 36 to get ahead before missing the last pink that he sold in the centre pocket, attempting a dicey stretch shot when he was better off to play safe. Alok cleared to wrap up the match.

In contrast, Advani, with a break of 62 in the fourth, and Chandra, came through their respective quarter-final matches with ease.

The results:
Quarter-finals (best-of-seven frames): Pankaj Advani bt Rishab Pandya 4-0 (90-35, 68-1, 61-57, 71-34; Alok Kumar bt Rupesh Shah 4-1 (31-80, 64-63, 72-61, 58-48, 76-70); Manan Chandra bt Devendra Joshi 4-0 (72-1, 68-24, 52-17, 67-15); Rajasekar Girish bt Geet Sethi 4-2 (8-87, 80-12, 61-21, 52-66, 69-47, 69-1).

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