Ad­vani con­quers 9th na­tional ti­tle

The Asian Age - - Sport -

In­dore, Feb. 10: Ace In­dian cueist Pankaj Ad­vani on Sun­day claimed yet another Se­nior Na­tional Snooker ti­tle with a thump­ing win over young Lax­man Rawat in a one- sided fi­nal here.

Ad­vani an­nexed the na­tional ti­tle, this time in snooker, tak­ing his to­tal tally of In­dian cham­pi­onships to a whop­ping 32 golds.

Af­ter win­ning 11 In­dian ti­tles as a ju­nior, Ad­vani, as a se­nior, has won nine bil­liards, three six- red snooker and now nine snooker gold medals.

From a sta­tis­ti­cal point of view, Ad­vani now has 21 world ti­tles and 21 na­tional ti­tles as a men’s player, in both snooker and bil­liards.

Ad­vani took his younger op­po­nent Rawat to the clean­ers with a 6- 0 win in the fi­nal.

The match was mostly de­fined by the cham­pion’s ex­pe­ri­ence as he brought on a lethal com­bi­na­tion of scor­ing and safety of the high­est qual­ity.

The only re­ally close frame was the fourth which could have ended with the

score­line read­ing 3- 1, giv­ing young Rawat an out­side chance of a come­back. But once Ad­vani clinched that too with a fine clear­ance, it was early cur­tains for Rawat.

In the women’s fi­nal, Var­shaa San­jeev gave Bengaluru another rea­son to re­joice as she joined Ad­vani in win­ning the snooker na­tional ti­tle by de­feat­ing Aran­txa San­chis of Ma­ha­rash­tra 4- 2.

San­jeev ac­counted for the top women cueists in this tour­na­ment as she knocked out Amee Ka­mani in the quar­ter­fi­nals and Vidya Pil­lai in the semis.

Pankaj Ad­vani

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