National Billiards: Mixed day for big guns
BIG GUNS Geet Sethi, Pankaj Advani and Devendra Joshi today suffered shock defeats in their opening matches on the inaugural day of the National Billiards and Snooker Tournament being organised at BHEL Senior Club in Bhopal. However, they later asserted the class and won the second round matches.india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 14:21 IST
BIG GUNS Geet Sethi, Pankaj Advani and Devendra Joshi today suffered shock defeats in their opening matches on the inaugural day of the National Billiards and Snooker Tournament being organised at BHEL Senior Club in Bhopal. However, they later asserted the class and won the second round matches.
The tournament is being organised by the MP Sports and Youth Welfare Department. There was much enthusiasm among the spectators who started gathering at the venue well before the schedule of the match to see their champions in action for the first time in Bhopal.
In the inaugural match played on table No. 2, the young Dhruv Sitwala appeared ready to put up a challenge to the seven times world billiards champion Geet Sethi. A cool and calm Dhruv gained regular points in the first frame.
After scoring equal number of points in the first few minutes of the frame, Dhruv took the lead and never looked back in the first frame. Giving a surprise to the gathering, Dhruv won the frame 101-42. In the second frame, ace cueist Geet played like the champion he is and won 101-05. But Dhruv bounced back in the next two frames in style, winning 100-54 and 100-15.
“He played well. It was his good game that made him winner in the match”, said Geet Sethi later. After having a 1-3 defeat in the first match, Geet Sethi bounced back in the tournament and registered a 3-0 win in straight frames over Mohammed Asim.
The defeat of Pankaj Advani, the leading player of the country, was the second upset of the day. He lost 2-3 to Mohammed Asim.
Interestingly, playing in the best of five frames on table No. 3, Advani registered 100-07 and 101-23 win in the first two frames clearing his intention of winning the match. But he failed to maintain the rhythm in the rest of the frames.
Asim, who demonstrated brilliant control over his shots, surprised Advani by winning last three frames. Pankaj registered his first win in the second round by defeating Dhruv Sitwala 3-0. The spectators witnessed the third biggest upset of the day on the table No. 1. International star Devendra Joshi lost the match 2-3 to Shyam Jagtiyani.
Ashok Shandilya was the only biggie who managed to win his inaugural match. Playing against young Saurav Kothari, the experienced Shandilya registered a 3-2 win. Shandilya registered second win of the day defeating K Venkatesan 100-80, 81-100, 100-94, 19-100 and 100-35.
Saurav Kothari went down for the second time when he lost to Rupesh Shah 2-3. Though Saurav gave a tough fight to Shah but he failed to save the match. Shah scored points on every opportunity in the last keenly fought frames. In the best of five frames, Shah won the match 100-30, 90-100, 100-66, 44-102 and 100-5.