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Pankaj Advani, Sourav Kothari in semis of National 6-Red Snooker tournament

Pankaj Advani and Sourav Kothari have entered the semi-finals of the National 6-Red Snooker tournament in Chennai.

other sports Updated: Dec 22, 2017 20:57 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Chennai
Pankaj Advani,Sourav Kothari,National 6-Red Snooker
Pankaj Advani is close to another national snooker title.(PTI)

Defending champion Pankaj Advani of PSPB held off the challenge of Delhi’s Sandeep Gulati by five frames to three today to enter the semifinals of the 7th National 6-Red snooker tournament being held here.

He will meet teammate Sourav Kothari in the last four.

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The other semifinal will pit Akshay Kumar (Uttar Pradesh) against former IBSF world 6-Red Championship runner-up Kamal Chawla.

Multiple times world champion Advani raised his level of play after sharing the first four frames with Gulati.

Up 4-2, Advani faced some resistance as his rival came up with some good safety play. He held firm and took the seventh frame to advance.

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Akshay Kumar defeated local boy R Girish of RSPB 5-2 to progress to his maiden 6-Red national semifinal.

“I’m feeling very happy, words can’t explain how happy I am. I played well and I’m looking forward to play the same way tomorrow in the semis”, Akshay said after the win.

In the other quarterfinals, Chawla of RSPB defeated Ishpreet Singh of Maharashtra 5-3 and Kothari beat Varun Madan of Delhi 5-3.

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By entering the semifinals, Advani, Kothari, Akshay Kumar and Chawla have qualified to represent India in the Asian 6-Red snooker championship to be held next year.

In the pre-quarters, Pankaj defeated Pushpender Singh 5-1, with a phenomenal break of 74 in the match. Tamil Nadu’s G Prabhu and Vijay Nichani lost out to Akshay Kumar and Sourav Kothari respectively.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 20:57 IST