I'm really delighted, says Umadevi

Veteran cueist R Umadevi Nagaraj made her maiden trip to Cambridge a memorable one, returning home on Friday with two World Championship titles.

Umadevi poses with her World billiards and   senior snooker titles in Bangalore on Friday. DH PHOTO

Two days after pocketing the WLBSA Championship Seniors’ category snooker crown, the Bangalorean produced a fine all-round performance to annex the main category billiards title as well, defeating Emma Bonney 201-143 on Thursday.

“I am really delighted and lost for words,” an ecstatic Umadevi said.
“More than snooker, winning the billiards title has thrilled me. During the last three months, I spent more time practising billiards than snooker.

“I really didn’t expect to do well in snooker, but I was confident of my chances.
“The win over Chitra (Magimairaj) in the semifinals gave me a lot of confidence and I fed off it. Last year, I lost in the semifinals and I wanted to go one step better this time, and I was mentally prepared for it.”

Results: Final (one hour): R Umadevi Nagaraj bt Emma Bonney 201-143 (31).
Semifinals (45 minutes): R Umadevi N bt Chitra Magimairaj 130-80; Emma B bt Tina Owen-Sevilton 281 (37, 41, 37)-94.

Round-robin (45 minutes): R Umadevi N bt T Owen-Sevilton 161 (41, 35)-78; Emma B bt Eva Palmius 182 (37)-114; Chitra M bt Maureen Rowland 183-43, Emma B bt Maureen R 368 (30, 48, 48, 81)-26, Chitra M bt T Owen-Sevilton 128-123; R Umadevi N bt Eva P 189-29, R Umadevi N bt Maureen R 169 (64)-59, Emma B bt Chitra M 209 (38)-91, T Owen-Sevilton bt Eva P 163-87; T Owen-Sevilton bt Maureen R 251-50, Chitra M bt Eva P 114-107; R Umadevi N bt Emma B 140-117; Emma B bt T Owen-Sevilton 225-114; Eva P bt Maureen R 154-30; R Umadevi N bt Chitra M 126-115.

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