Balaji stuns Rupesh; Yasin struggles

 
Shah brought in all experience on the table, but failed to negotiate the stiff challenges from Reddy, who sealed the long-drawn proceeding in his favour with a 50-59, 75-15, 59-68, 75-32, 56-53, 79-35 win.

In another encounter, experienced Yasin Merchant toiled hard to defeat Devendra Joshi of PSPB 4-3 in the decider frame. The Maharashtra cueist won 98-04, 55-66, 5-66, 84-12, 55-20, 38-67, 59-6.

Meanwhile, Manan Chandra of PSPB pulled off an upset by knocking out Asian gold medallist, Railways’ Ashok Shandilya (4-1) 75-07, 50-01, 50-72, 69-45, 64-36.
Meanwhile, Meenal Thakur warded off a stiff threat from sister Anuja Chandra to be crowned women’s billairds champ with a edgy 3-2 (64-75, 75-57, 76-52, 31-76, 75-67) victory.

In the junior girls snooker final, Maharashtra’s Arantxa Sanchis defeated Keerat Bhandaal of New Delhi 2-0 (54-12, 66-32) to clinch the title.

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