Ishpreet beats former world champion Rupesh in 6 Red Snooker tournament

Pankaj Advani storms into last 16

Chennai, Dec. 22:

Ishpreet Singh defeated former world and Asian champion Rupesh Shah in the last 32 stage to progress into the next round in the Phoenix Serene Spaces 7th National 6 Red Snooker tournament under the auspices of Billiards and Snooker Federation of India co sponsored by Abirami Mega Mahal and India Cements organized by Tamil Nadu Billiards and Snooker Association.

Ishpreet clinched the first two frames in quick time with a good attacking play. Rupesh came back strong in the third frame with a phenomenal break of 71. Ishpreet retaliated by winning the next two consecutive frames to lead by 4-1. Rupesh held his nerve and played his best to level it at 4-4 with brilliant safety play and potting. In the deciding the frame Ishpreet made a break of 41 to secure his win.

Multiple times world champion Pankaj Advani whitewashed E Pandurangaiah in the last 32 stage to progress into the next round. Pankaj was trailing in the first frame, but he cleared the table in the end to clinch the frame. After that there was no looking back as he won the match in an hour time.

Former Asian billiards champion Sourav Kothari also progressed into the last 16 round defeating Lucky Vatnani 5-1. Varun Madan defeated former Asian billiards champion Dhruv Sitwala 5-3 to move to the next round.

Pankaj Advani, R Girish, Ishpreet Singh, Dhruv Sitwala, K Venkatesam, Pushpendar Singh, Kamal Chawla, M Yogesh Kumar, Anurag Giri, Faisal Khan, Sundeep Gulati, Rupesh Shah, Vijay Nichani, G Prabhu, Varun Madan, Alok Kumar, Malkeet Singh, Rohit Malhotra, I H Manudev, Avinash Kumar, Rajat Kaneja, Vinayak Agarwal, Akshay Kumar, E Pandurangaiah, Sahil Nayyar, Sufian Ahmed, Lucky Vatnani, Nitesh Madan, Digvijay Kadian, MD Hussain Khan, Laxman Rawat and Sourav Kothari are the top 32 players from the group.

Pankaj won all 3 of his group matches to secure the bottom seed. Anurag Giri from Madhya Pradesh who qualified from the qualifying rounds, secured the top seed winning all the matches in his group.

From Tamil Nadu, G Prabhu and Vijay Nichani qualified for the last 32 round from the group stage.

Results:

Vinayak Agarwal bt Digvijay Kadian 5 – 4 (15-38, 30-5, 36-7, 30-40, 8-46, 41-17, 50-17, 12-43, 32-7); Ishpreet Sing Chadha bt Rupesh Shah 5 – 4 (59-7, 59-0, 0-71 (71), 46-9, 55 (55)-8, 22-34, 32-40, 13-40, 41 (41)-27); Varun Madan bt Dhruv Sitwala 5 – 3 (16-43, 39-6, 33-29, 8-36, 35-9, 31-32, 37-7, 45-13); Sourav Kothari bt Lucky Vatnani 5 – 1 (40-8, 65 (41)-4, 30-10, 8-55, 42-14, 35-20); Sandeep Gulati bt Yogesh Kumar 5 – 2 (1-72 (51), 34-0, 38-10, 18-31, 44-9, 41-8, 37-22); Sahil Nayyar bt Md Hassan Khan 5 – 3 (27-33, 44-22, 45 (41)-8, 57-14, 40-33, 16-34, 28-37, 34-8); Pushpender Singh bt Rajat Khaneja 5 – 3 (41-7, 39-5, 27-36, 12-37, 41 (41)-0, 33-43, 47-21, 32-16); Pankaj Advani bt Pandurangaiah 5 – 0 (46-33, 67 (41)-0, 74 (70)-0, 52-9, 34-23).