Talwar registers back-to-back wins
Rajat Khaneja fritters away advantage to eventually go down 3-2 against Pankaj Advani
■ CHANDIGARH: Local cueist Sumit Talwar got his campaign off to an ideal start by registering back-to-back albeit contrasting victories in the league stage of the Indian National Billiards and Snooker Championship in Pune on Monday.
In his first match of the day, Talwar, who has been placed in Group J, had it easy as he defeated AR Arjun of Karnataka 3-0 (79(51)-02, 54-17, 63-43).
However, Karnataka player Deepak A made Talwar sweat it out before he could register the second win of the day.
The Chandigarh player rallied from 0-2 down to win the next three frames 50-42, 6124, 63-1 and walk away with the match.
"The first match was a cakewalk, but the second one proved to be a real challenge. Even after losing the first two frames, I did not lose confidence,” said Talwar just after winning his second encounter.
It was, however, a disappointing day for the other city player Rajat Khaneja as he went down against the fancied Pankaj Advani, despite being 2-0 up.
Playing in Group F, Khaneja placed Advani in a tricky situation by winning the first two frames 75-10 and 91-10, including a break of 65 in the second.
However, Advani stormed back with a break of 88 in the third to win the frame 88-8 and bridge the gap to 1-2 before clinching the next 60-25 to even the score.
In the decider, Advani was in his element once he got a favourable position as he went on to clear the table and take the frame 61-16 for a 3-2 win.
File photo of Sumit Talwar.