Winning starts for Advani, Sethi
Title favourites Pankaj Advani and Geet Sethi of India led a field of home players past the first hurdle in the league stage of the 35th ONGC-IBSF World snooker championship at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, here on Sunday.other Updated: Nov 16, 2009 01:10 IST
Title favourites Pankaj Advani and Geet Sethi of India led a field of home players past the first hurdle in the league stage of the 35th ONGC-IBSF World snooker championship at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, here on Sunday.
Advani, the 24-year-old national champion from Bangalore, got past Australia’s Daniel Thorp 4-0 with a high break of 71 clearance in the second frame in the men’s section, while Sethi, the eight-time World champion, easily beat Mostafa Aly of Egypt 3-0.
In the ladies section, India No.2 Vidya Pillay took nearly four hours to overcome Hong Kong’s So Man Yan 3-1 in th match that was stopped as it spilled into the afternoon session but subsequently completed on another table, and Chitra Magaimagarajan just about kept her nerves to defeat Jaique Ip of Hong Kong 3-1.
Also making a winning start were Anuja Chandra who beat Shirley Smith of Australia 3-2, while Neena Praveen received a walkover as her scheduled opponent Nada Abdullah from Syria did not show up.
However, India No.1 Meenal Thakur suffered a 3-1 loss against Hong Kong’s Yu Ching Ching and Sunita Damani fell to a 3-0 defeat against Thailand’s Santhinee Jaisuekul.
Advani, the 2003 champion, took a while to settle down and took the first frame on the pink before racing away with the second frame on breaks of 31 and 71 clearance.
“I was feeling a bit cold in the first frame due to the air-conditioning, and the 71 break got me going. I will have to play much better as the tournament progresses, but it is always nice to start with a victory,” said Avani who described the arena as one of the best he has seen.