Sourav Kothari, Alok Kumar in Asian Billiards finals
Sourav Kothari of India stormed into the final of the ONGC Asian Billiards Championships being played at the UT Guest House in Sector 6 here today.
He defeated Thawat Sujaritthurakarn of Thailand in straight sets of game 5-0. Enroute, Sourav scored three century breaks of 102, 104 and 100 points in 2nd, 4th and 5th games.
It will be an all-Indians final as Kothari's opponent for the title clash will be Alok Kumar who beat Thawat Sujaritthurakarn of Thailand by 5-3 (100-55, 100-47, 101-25, 40-101, 65-103, 100-71, 30-101, 100-94) in the second semi-finals.
The penultimate day of the ONGC Asian Billiards & Under-21 Snooker Championships 2014 started with the biggest upsets of the tournaments. Both World champion Peter Gilchrist and Asian champion Rupesh Shah lost their matches to the Thailand players, Praput Chaithanasukan and Thawat Sujaritthurakarn respectively. Thawat gave a fabulous start and scored two century breaks in the first two games against Rupesh Shah. Rupesh tried to counter in the third game with a break of 56 points but Thawat's two breaks of 51 and 49 points had more weight to put him for 3-0 lead.
In the fourth game, Rupesh came much stronger and scored a century break but in the next game Thawat scored another break of 77 points to outclass the current Asian Champion.
In another match, Peter Gilchrist from Singapore also had a bad start and lost the first game 53-100. However, Peter pulled in the next two games 101-34 and 101-02 but after that it was all for Praput as his constant scoring kept pushing Peter away from the win. Praput closed the match proceedings by winning the next three games 101-05, 101-09, 100-29.
Alok Kumar of India registered a convincing win 4-0 against his compatriot B. Bhaskar to enter the semi-finals.
In snooker, the quarter final matches were played today where Dhvaj Haria of India made a remarkable move by winning 5-4 against Muhammad Majid Ali of Pakistan to confirm his maiden medal in Asian Under-21 Snooker championships.
Dhvaj did not have a good start but definitely had a great end. His wait for a breakthrough went much longer and meanwhile Majid had already reached 4-0. Dhvaj was almost on the verge of losing, but in the fifth game he made a breakthrough of a 35 points break which helped him to win the frame.
Regaining some confidence, Dhvaj played every shot remarkably and with a no-mistake game, he kept winning frames over frame to reach into the medal round. He will now play against Siyavosh Mozayani of Iran to better the colour of his medal. Siyavosh had defeated another Indian player Sahil Nayyar 5-4.
(Posted on 13-06-2014)