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World snooker qualifiers: Rawat strikes form as Advani, Mehta win

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Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) India No. 3, Laxman Rawat (PSPB) was in good nick and scored twin victories, defeating Neeraj Kumar (RPSB) and Dhavaj Haria (PSPB by identical 4-1 margins in the Men’s ‘Z’ Camp (2nd leg) round-robin league matches of the World Snooker Qualifiers, a BSFI National Selection Tournament, here.

The 29-year-old Rawat was in full flow and compiled three notable breaks of 47 (2nd frame), 82 (3rd), and 49 (5th) to outshine teammate Dhvaj Haria (PSPB) and clinch a satisfying 70-13, 57(47)-17, 113(82)-00, 62-75 and 67(49)-01) victory.

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Earlier on Friday night, Rawat had produced another steady performance to overcome Neeraj Kumar (RSPB) 4-1 (50-37, 58-43, 35-75, 80-20, and 68(66)-26), the organisers informed in a press release on Saturday.

In the women’s section, National champion and India No. 1 Vidya Pillai of Karnataka got back on the winning track after three consecutive defeats, beating Tamil Nadu’s strong challenger and third-ranked Indian Varsha Sanjeev 3-1 (45-83, 58-20, 64-28, 61-49).

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Madhya Pradesh’s Indian No.2 Amee Kamani (MP) also tasted success, getting the better of Mah’rashtra’s Arantxa Sanchis (MAH) 3-1 (10-46, 97-52, 67-28, 59-43).

Meanwhile, the top two Indian men players Aditya Mehta and Pankaj Advani both recorded victories. India No. 1 Mehta defeated Himanshu Jain (TEL) 4-1 (92-16, 62-43, 32-79, 62-44, 109(65)-01), while Advani outplayed Haria (PSPB) 4-0 (71(44)-16, 74-38, 72(54)-18, 56-48).

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Results:

Women’s Z-camp (2nd leg): Amee Kamani (MP) beat Arantxa Sanchis (MAH) 3-1 (10-46, 97-52, 67-28, 59-43); Anupama Ramchandran (TN) beat Keerath Bhandaal (DEL) 3-2 (58-21, 65-74, 60-74, 91-39, 64-32); Vidya Pillai (KTK) beat Varsha Sanjeev (TN) 3-1 (45-83, 58-20, 64-28, 61-49).

Men’s Z-camp (2nd leg): Laxman Rawat (PSPB) beat Neeraj Kumar (RSPB) 4-1 (50-37, 58-43, 35-75, 80-20, 68(66)-26); Pankaj Advani (PSPB) beat Dhvaj Haria (PSPB) 4-0 (71(44)-16, 74-38, 72(54)-18, 56-48); Pushpender Singh (RSPB) beat Himanshu Jain (TEL) 4-1 (92-16, 62-43, 32-79, 62-44, 109(65)-01); Rawat (PSPB) beat Haria (PSPB) 4-1 (70-13, 57(47)-17, 113(82)-00, 62-75, 67(49)-01); Mehta (PSPB) beat Pushpender (RSPB) 4-3 (25-68(54), 42-59, 82-69, 72-22, 77(73)-09, 31-64, 63-25).

–IANS

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