Bangalore, Mar 23: National 9-ball pool Champion Chitra Magimairaj left here today for Manila en route to Taipei to take part in the World 9-ball pool Qualifer beginning March 30.
Two-time World Billiards Champion Chitra will undergo a week-long coaching stint at Manila under Renowned Coach Jorge C Dacer, who was the National Coach ahead of the Doha Asian Games. npool qualTalking to UNI, a confident looking Chitra said ''after Asian Games and Asian Indoor tournaments, I have been concentrating on overcoming my weakness, especially in break, safety and jam shot.
''I am confident of taking up the challenges I may face from strong contenders belonging to Taipei, Philippines and China,'' she said.
Chitra, who was struggling for a sponsorship, was thankful to Tata Sons for extending a one-year sponsorship and especially to Tata Services Ltd Managing Director T R Doongaji, Tata Services Ltd Senior vice president (Corporate Affairs) Romit Chaterji, Tata Finance General Manager K R Bahgat and Officer Taxation Khushroo H Amaraliwalla, 'but for whom I would not have made it to Taipei.' National Runner-up Meenal Thakur and Former National 9-ball pool champion Vidya Pillai could not make it to Taipei for want of sponsors.
Chitra said the one-year sponsorship from Tata will help to realise her dream of becoming the World Snooker Champion at the event scheduled from May three at Cambridge and World Billiards, later in May.
''Now I can concentrate more on my game as I need not have to run from pillar to post for money,'' she said.
The qualifiers would be held at the Cue Masters Pool Club in Taipei from March 30 to April One and the World Championships at the Taipei Exhibition Centre from April three to six.
Chitra, the lone participant from India this time, had unsuccessfully tried her hand at qualifiers in 2006 when she was out of the race in the third round.
''I am confident this time. I feel I can qualify, I have been practicing almost 80 racks a day at the Karnataka State Billiards Association (KSBA).