Advani wins opening match in IBSF World Snooker

Updated: Nov 20, 2014, 09:15 IST | PTI |

India's top cueist Pankaj Advani fought off a stiff resistance from Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia to notch up a 4-2 win in his opening match in the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship here yesterday

Bangalore: India's top cueist Pankaj Advani fought off a stiff resistance from Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia to notch up a 4-2 win in his opening match in the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship here yesterday.

Pankaj Advani during his opening game yesterday. Pic/PTI
Pankaj Advani during his opening game yesterday. Pic/PTI 

After leading 2-0 with breaks of 65 & 85 in the first two frames, Advani lost the next two frames to Moh. Advani, however, found his touch again to take the next two frames with ease to win 4-2 on the opening day at the Kanteervava Indore Stadium. National champion Vidya Pillai, one of the favourites to win the women's title, scored an easy 3-0 win over Russia's Anastasjia Singurindi in her opening league match. Pillai is the twice bronze medalist in this tournament.

Her team-mates Neena Praveen, Amee Kamani, Meenal Thakur, Neeta Sanghvi and Chitra Magimairajan won their respective opening matches. However, Arantxa Sanchis and Judy Walia, had a pretty bad day as they lost their lung-openers. Pillai overcame opening day blues as she shrugged off a tentative start before finishing strongly with a break of 49 in the third frame.

"I did not play well today, but am happy to win my first match. I got into some sort of rhythm in third frame during my 49 break. Hopefully, I can carry the momentum," Pillai said. Among the impressive winners today were China's 14-year old prodigy Yan Bingtao who beat Jim Johansson of Sweden 4-1 to start his campaign in the men's section in style.

Asian Snooker Champion Thor Chuan Leong started his campaign by registering a victory over Mohsen Bukshaisha 4-2. Leong became the only third Malaysian to claim the prestigious Asian Snooker Championship title in May. The motley spectators at the venue witnessed a thrilling Group B encounter between Belgium's Jurian Heusdens and
Scotland's Gary Thomson. The Belgian won 4-3. In another match in same group, Antonis Poullus of Cyprus beat Mohamed Khairy of Egypt 4-2.

In men's Group A category, Amir Sarkhosh of Iran beat Nick Jennings of England 4-3. Alan Whitfield of Canada defeated Tetsuya Kuwata of Japan 4-2 and Robert Murphy of Ireland beat Cader Mohammed of Maurituis 4-0. Former world champion Darren Morgan of Wales slammed four half-centuries while brushing aside Indian wild card Farhad
Tengra 3-0 in the Masters category.

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