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Alok Kumar reaches knockout stage

Indian cueist Alok Kumar registered his fourth win in as many group matches to reach the knockout stage of the men’s event of the ONGC-IBSF World Snooker Championship.

other Updated: Nov 19, 2009 00:41 IST

Indian cueist Alok Kumar registered his fourth win in as many group matches to reach the knockout stage of the men’s event of the ONGC-IBSF World Snooker Championship on Wednesday.

Kumar, yet to lose a frame in the four matches he has played, thrashed Ryan Somaratna of Sri Lanka 4-0 to reach the round of 64 at the International Convention Centre in Hyderabad.

Ace Indian cueist Geet Sethi also shrugged off Tuesday’s bad form to post a comfortable win against Abdul Khamis of Qatar to keep his hopes alive for the top spot in his group in the Masters category.

Kamal Chawla and Brijesh Damani registered comfortable wins against Ajeya Prabhakar of the US and Andreas Ploner of Australia respectively.

It was a disappointing day for Aditya Mehta, who went down to Patrick Einsle of Germany. Down 0-3, Aditya could not as Einsle sealed the frame and the match with a well-crafted break of 52.

In the women’s section, Vidya Pillai maintained her all-win record in Group B league, beating compatriot Neeta Sanghvi 3-0. Suniti Damani also posted her first win in the championship, defeating Nalha Sunni of Bahrain 3-0.

It was a bad day for Chitra Magimairaj and Anuja Chandra as they were beaten by Santhinee Jaisuekul of Thailand and Ng On Yee of Hong Kong respectively.

In the Masters category, former IBSF World Snooker champion Darren Morgan of Wales beat Australian Paul Thomerson 3-0 with a break of 52 in the third frame.

Defending champion Dene O'Kane of New Zealand maintained his all-win record in his Group defeating Prasanna Madumage of Sri Lanka 3-0.