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Advani, Sitwala, Joshi make it to Asian Championship

AFTER FOUR days of marathon matches in the National Billiards and Snooker Tournament here, Devendra Joshi, Dhruv Sitwala and Pankaj Advani today qualified for the Asian Championship to be organised in Tehran.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 01:41 IST

AFTER FOUR days of marathon matches in the National Billiards and Snooker Tournament here, Devendra Joshi, Dhruv Sitwala and Pankaj Advani today qualified for the Asian Championship to be organised in Tehran.

Devendra Joshi stood first with 6563 points in the tally for the qualification of the Asian Championship. He lost two matches out of eight he played in the tournament.

The final tally was prepared on the basis of points earned by the players in the National Billiards Championship at Chennai held earlier this year and the billiards tournament played in Bhopal.

Dhruv Sitwala, who did the biggest upset in the tournament by defeating world champion Geet Sethi on the first day, stood second in the tally with 5867 points including 2307 points in Chennai and 3560 in Bhopal. However, Sethi won all rest of the matches. Being the world champion, Pankaj Advani got the direct entry in the championship.

In the tally of the Bhopal tournament, Sethi stood first with a single loss against Dhruv Sitwala. Ashok Shandilya came second in the tournament with two defeats. Third position was bagged by Pankaj Advani. His biggest defeat was against Geet Sethi in which he lost the match 0-3.

First Published: Mar 15, 2006 01:41 IST