Akshay enters semis | 7th National 6 Red Snooker Tournament 2017

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In the ongoing Phoenix Serene Spaces 7th National 6 red snooker tournament under the auspices of Billiards and Snooker Federation of India co sponsored by Abirami Mega Mahal and India Cements organized by Tamil Nadu Billiards and Snooker Association, the quarter finals have come to an end.

Akshay Kumar of Uttar Pradesh defeated local boy R Girish of RSPB in the quarter finals to progress to his maiden 6 red national semi final. Akshay was quick to bag the first framex Girish then levelled it up in the next frame by 1-1. Akshay made a well constructed break of 44 and played sensible snooker to win the next three frames on a trot to lead by 4-1 in no time. Although Girish tried to fight back by winning the next frame, Akshay finished the match by potting the winning balls in the next frame. ‘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 ecstatically after the win.

Multiple times world champion Pankaj Advani of PSPB defeated Sandeep Gulati of Delhi by 5-3 to progress to the semis. Till the frame scores of 2-2, the game progressed slowly as both the players were exchanging excellent safety play and shared the frames. Eventually it was Pankaj who then played his best to win the next two frames consecutively to lead by 4-2. Sandeep held Pankaj well with his safety play, but Pankaj held his nerve and finished the match at 5-3.

In the other quarter finals, former Asian gold medallist and runner up of IBSF world 6 red snooker championship Kamal Chawla of RSPB defeated Ishpreet Singh of Maharashtra 5-3 to progress into the semis. Ishpreet right from the start was playing a very attacking game as he fearlessly potted the balls. Both players shared the frames at 3-3 each exhibiting a brilliant game. But it was Kamal in the end who made a break of 44 and held his nerve in the next winning frame to get past the winning line by 5-3.

Former Asian billiards champion Sourav Kothari of PSPB defeated Varun Madan of Delhi 5-3 to enter the semis. Sourav was trailing by two frames in the beginning, but Sourav retaliated by winning the next three consecutive frames with breaks of 46,63 and 44 respectively. Although Varun tried to come back by winning the next frame, Sourav was filled with momentum as he made a break of 44 in the next frame and played good snooker in the winning frame to win by 5-3.

By entering the semi finals, Pankaj Advani, Sourav Kothari, Akshay Kumar and Kamal Chawla are directly selected 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. Kamal, Ishpreet and Sourav defeated their opponents comfortably to enter quarter finals.

Pankaj Advani will face off against Sourav Kothari, and Kamal Chawla will face off against Akshay Kumar in the semi finals.

Results: Quarter finals: Akshay Kumar bt R. Girish 5 – 2 (36-29, 10-48, 39-14, 52 (44)-4, 41-11, 25-33, 28-14); Kamal Chawla bt Ishpreet Singh Chadha 5 – 3 (10-31, 51-0, 10-35, 34-28, 40-0, 33-40, 44 (44)-0, 33-27); Sourav Kothari bt Varun Madan 5 – 3 (23-46, 1-39, 46 (46)-0, 68 (63)-0, 48 (44)-0, 27-33, 52 (52)-7, 49-5); Pankaj Advani bt Sandeep Gulati 5 – 3 (17-42, 34-25, 48-9, 5-39, 46-16, 43-30, 17-38, 45-8).

Pre-quarters: Akshay Kumar bt G. Prabhu 5 – 3 (35-1, 14-43, 7-44, 68-0, 9-44, 52-16, 34-33, 46-17); R. Girish bt Avinash 5 – 1 (51 (43)-6, 42-4, 35-22, 9-48, 48-3, 49-8); Kamal Chawla bt Vinayak Agarwal 5 – 1 (26-54, 72 (42)-0, 42-24, 37-20, 34-20, 53 (53)-0); Ishpreet Singh Chadha bt Malkeet Singh 5 – 3 (35-5, 17-34, 18-32, 28-20, 47-6, 36-6, 14-32, 42-4); Varun Madan bt I.h. Manudev 5 – 2 (40-16, 23-31, 45-8, 46-21, 29-36, 38-10, 44-22); Sourav Kothari bt Vijay Nichani 5 – 1 (39-2, 44-12, 23-33, 32-21, 52-16, 36-27); Sandeep Gulati bt Sahil Nayyar 5 – 1 (51-25, 46-24, 38-31, 39-24, 9-38, 40-8); Pankaj Advani bt Pushpender Singh 5 – 1 (42-0, 25-32, 81 (74)-0, 42 (41)-0, 44-0, 33-20).

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