World Snooker: Second win for Pankaj Advani

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Bengaluru, Nov 20: Top Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and Kamal Chawla registered routine wins to give the home fans enough smiles on the second day of the IBSF World Snooker Championship here today. Smarting from having given away two frames in his 4-2 win yesterday, Advani did not take his foot off the pedal to humble Chi Wai of Hong Kong 4-0.

Hot favourite to pick up his 13th world title, India's poster boy of cue sports never faltered once in his 99(47)-24, 67(45)-39, 65(53)-0, 84(63)-45 victory. Madhya Pradesh cueist Chawla, bronze medallist in 2011 Bangalore Championship and now playing with a bandaged finger, was on the fast lane to finish line with a 3-0 lead against Marwan Alfalasi of the UAE before he came across a speed breaker.

Pankaj Advani plays a shot against Chi Wai Au of Hongkong during the 2nd day of IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Losing the fourth frame, Kamal did not lose momentum and boomed past in the fifth frame 77-01. On the women's table, eight-time national champion Vidya Pillai showed no Indian hospitality to a hapless Fernando Irinen of Brazil, demolishing her 3-0 with a 44 break.

Wendy Jans of Belgium, a favourite in this Championship to win the title for the fourth time, overcame Kathy Parashis. Neena Praveen, a vastly improved player now, won 3-1 against Claudia Zardo Cordeiro of Brazil. Rising national cueist Amee Kamani, silver medallist at Australian Open, was in good form to blank Alexandra Teramoto of Brazil 3-0.

Meenal Thankur though is yet to find her old form as she lost to Ka Kai Wan of Hong Kong 1-3. In the Masters section, Veteran Chennai cueist Rafath Habib was not flattered by Glen Wilkinson's track record of three-times semi-finalist standing, beating him 3-0. Habib's breaks were of 76 and 78.

Naveen Kumar, a wild card and a first time entrant is yet to come to grips playing in the international arena, losing to Noel Rodrigues Moreira of Brazil 0-3. Defending champion Phist Chandsri did not find any competition in Marcio Da Silva of Brazil and eased to a 3-0 win.

PTI

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