Snooker: Ishpreet's perseverance pays off

Apr 06, 2012, 06:45 IST | Sundari Iyer

Teenager Ishpreet Singh Chadha (15) of Khar Gymkhana pulled off an impressive come-from-behind victory over former junior national champion Chintan Jhaveri of Bombay Gymkhana in a best-of-five frame second qualifying round of the Bombay Gymkhana 'Strokes' Snooker Invitational Open Tournament yesterday.

Ishpreet, who was trailing 1-2 after three frames, picked up his game to outshine Chintan 3-2 (1-53, 63-22, 49-61, 62-41, 73-21) to enter the third qualifying round.

Khar Gymkhana’s Ishpreet Singh Chadha takes a shot  during his match against Chintan Jhaveri. Pic/Suresh KK

The Jasudben M L School student, who practices with double Asian champion Yasin Merchant and is trained by national coach Sanjay Sawant, vowed to improve on his performance. “I played very badly against Chintan.

 After I was down 1-2, I concentrated on the match and won it. I cannot afford to take my opponents so lightly. If I want to make it to the main draw I need to practice more,” said the current India No 3 snooker player in sub-junior category. 

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