Advani, Sethi get top billing

The two Indian cue aces have been placed at the opposite ends of the draw as the number one and two seeds respectively and will not meet each other before the gold medal clash.

Advani will be defending the gold medal he won four years ago in the Asian quadrennial extravaganza at Doha, and will meet either Do Hoang Quan of Vietnam or Ricky Yang of Indonesia in his first tie. A victory will set up a tough quarterfinal against veteran Thai cueist C Praprut, who is expected to down Reynaldo Grandea of the Philippines in his opener.

Sethi, who is a multiple-time world champion in the three-ball green baize game, will also be up against a preliminary round winner (either Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway or Thanh Long Nguyen (Vietnam) for a berth in the last eight.

England-born player Peter Gilchrist, of Singapore, looms as a major threat for Sethi at the semifinal stage which both are expected to reach. Advani will also be participating in the snooker singles event along with Aditya Mehta. In the snooker team event, India have been given a bye into the 16-strong main draw.

In the women’s section, Vidya Pillai and Chitra Magimairajan are entered in 6-red snooker singles and will also do duty in the team event.

Indira Gowda, Neeta Sanghvi (women’s 8-ball pool singles), Neena Praveen and Meenal Thakur (women’s 9-ball pool) have also entered for the Asian Games cue-sport competitions.

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