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Pankaj Advani, Amee Kamani defend National 6-Red snooker titles

Pankaj Advani, Amee Kamani defend National 6-Red snooker titles
Pankaj Advani and Amee Kamani, winners of the 6-Red snooker tournament

Chennai, Dec 24 (UNI) Giving a dazzling display on the green baize,

fancied Pankaj Advani and Amee Kamani ended the year on a high,

by successfully defended the men's and women's title in the 6-Red

National snooker championship held here on Saturday evening.

In the finals, Pankaj, overcame a bad start and defeated Kamal

Chawla 7-3 (0-65(65), 66-5, 0-66(45), 40-9, 71-0, 1-50, 42-37,

70(70)-0, 41(41)-1, 49-14), while bt Amee Kamani got the better

of seasoned Viday Pillai 4-1 (24-29,49-28,58-0,45-32,34-0).

With this triumph, multiple time world champion Pankaj Advani

makes it a total of 30 national titles under his belt so far.

This was also his third 6 red national title, after his wins in 2016

and 2010.

In the best of 13 frame final, Kamal opened the match with a

stupendous break of 65 to take the lead.

Pankaj in the next frame took the opportunities he got to level

it 1-1.

In the third frame, Kamal made a break of 45 to take a 2-1 lead.

Pankaj retaliated by winning the next two frames to forge ahead

3-2.

After Kamal levelled at 3-3 with some fine potting, Pankaj found

his mooring at the right time and won the next four frames to annexe

the title.

In the seventh frame, Pankaj came back after needing a snooker and

cleared the table to take a 4-3 lead, then accelerated with a fine break

of 70 to make it 5-3.

A break of 41 stretched the lead to 6-3 and the ace cueist sealed the

contest with a break 35 in the tenth.

“It feels great to end the year on a high. It was an important tournament

as the ranking enables us to represent India in the Asian championship',

Pankaj said after his win.

'I am glad that I did it and won in style. “ he said.

“I was struggling and it wasn’t easy for me today. Both of us got chances

and he capitalized on them the most”, Kamal said.

Pankaj Advani, Kamal Chawla and losing semifinalists Sourav Kothari and

Akshay Kumar have qualified to represent India in the Asian 6-Red Snooker

championship to be held next year.

In the women’s category, Amee Kamani successfuly defended her title.

In the final, Amee defeated local star Vidya Pillai 4-1.

After losing the first frame, she came all guns blazing to win the next four

frames on the trot to clinch the match and title.

She also made a highest break of 68 in the tournament.

Results:

Final:

Men:

Pankaj Advani bt Kamal Chawla 7-3 (0-65(65), 66-5, 0-66(45), 40-9, 71-0,

1-50, 42-37, 70(70)-0, 41(41)-1, 49-14.

Women:

Amee Kamani bt Viday Pillai 4-1 (24-29,49-28,58-0,45-32,34-0).

UNI GV 1215

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