In the semifinals of the ongoing Indianoil Tamil Nadu State Ranking Men Snooker championship, defending champion S Shrikrishna made it to the final by defeating J Varun Kumar in a nail biting match. Shrikrishna won the first frame with a break of 50. Varun returned with a break of 68 to make it 1-1, and also managed to clinch the next frame to lead by 2-1. In the fourth frame Shrikrishna cleared the table with a phenomenally well constructed break of 137 to make it 2-2. He then made a break of 80 in the succeeding frame and took the lead by 3-2. Varun held his nerve and used the opportunities and clinched the next frame to make it 3-3. The next two frames were shared by the two players with a good tactical game for 4-4. In the all important deciding frame, Shrikrishna made sure to pot the winning balls to seal his place in the final.
In the other semifinals, G Prabhu defeated R Ashish Jain 5-3. Ashish qualified from the qualifying rounds and made it all the way to the semis. Both the players were seen to be sharing the frames well in the beginning. Although Ashish gave a strong fight, Prabhu played good snooker towards the end as he clinched the match with a break of 60.
In the quarter finals, Shrikrishna whitewashed R Loganathan 4-0. Varun defeated Vijay Nichani 4-2. Ashish defeated Vadivel in the deciding frame by 4-3 to make it to his first state semi finals. Prabhu dominated his match against S A Saleem by winning 4-0 with a break of 55 in the final frame.
Results: Semi final: S Shrikrishna bt J Varun Kumar 5-4(66(50)-34,7-121(68),26-72,137(137)-8,102(80)-15,53-74,82-8,25-53,62-24); G Prabhu bt R Ashish Jain 5-3(62-15,75-21,15-68,54-12,36-63,3-66,77-18,77-33) Quarter finals: S Shrikrishna bt R Loganathan 4-0(80-2,67-50,56-7,66-25);Prabhu bt S A Saleem 4-0(53-22,72-45,79-49,70-25); R Ashish Jain bt Vadivel 4-3(53-32,57-43,45-63,44-49,59-24,30-58,71-52); J Varun Kumar bt Vijay Nichani 4-2(65-56,47-74,68-24,51-62,72-48,76-28).