Ninth Na­tional snooker ti­tle for Advani

The Hindu - - SPORT - Press Trust of In­dia He also has 21 World ti­tles in cue sport

Pankaj Advani claimed his ninth se­nior Na­tional snooker ti­tle, with a 70-36, 91-22, 66-06, 65-51, 77-49, 59-18 win over Lax­man Rawat in a one-sided fi­nal, on Sun­day.

Advani, who won 11 ju­nior Na­tional ti­tles, has nine bil­liards and three six-red snooker crowns as a se­nior.

He also has 21 World ti­tles in cue sport.

The match was 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 Rawat an out­side chance of a come­back.

But once Advani clinched that too with a fine clear­ance, it was cur­tains for Rawat.

In the women’s fi­nal, Var­shaa Sanjeev de­feated Aran­txa San­chis of Ma­ha­rash­tra 4-2. Var­shaa had ac­counted for top play­ers Amee Ka­mani in the quar­ter­fi­nals and Vidya Pil­lai in the semi­fi­nals.

V. GANE­SAN ■

Pankaj Advani.

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