Mehta, Chawla in quarterfinals

Britain's Stephen Lee also advances

Mehta, Chawla in quarterfinals

India’s Aditya Mehta and Kamal Chawla and World No 21 Stephen Lee of Britain sealed their berths in the knock out quarterfinals, while two-time Asian champion Yasin Merchant won a crucial tie to enhance his hopes in the RKG-Khar Gymkhana Snooker Masters event here on Tuesday.

Bhopal cueist Chawla overcame Dharminder Lily of Punjab 4-2 for his fourth straight win in as many ties to seal his place from Group A along with title favourite Lee. The two will clash on Wednesday to decide the group topper.

Mehta also won his fourth straight round-robin tie over Shivam Arora to qualify from Group C where World No 46 Nigel Bond of Britain and Sourav Kothari of ONGC will strive to snatch the second spot in the group.

Merchant snatched a crucial 4-3 win over national champion Manan Chandra to keep his hopes alive in Group B where World No 26 Michael Holt of Britain is also in the fray along with the formidable Indian duo.

Pankaj Advani is sitting pretty atop Group D with three wins from as many outings while Sandeep Gulati of Delhi and Shahbaaz Khan of PSPB will battle it out for the second spot.


Results (Indians unless mentioned): Group A: Kamal Chawla bt Laxman Rawat 4-3 (59-68 (58), 59-52, 73-44, 22-70, 85 (45)-0, 43-81, 63-49); Dharminder Lily bt L Rawat 4-0 (73-22, 61-26, 68-4, 56-33); Stephen Lee (Gbr) bt Harish Pahuja 4-0 (80 (60)-14, 93 (75)-3, 75-9, 105 (78)-25); K Chawla bt D Lily 4-2 (20-65, 58-22, 10-72 (47), 68-19, 64-48, 59-46).

Group B: Michael Holt (Gbr) bt Yasin Merchant 4-3 (71 (59)-14, 69 (52)-28, 47 (31)-62, 32-56, 47-59, 64-9, 61-18); Manan Chandra bt Balaji Reddy 4-2 (28-75, 38-62, 71-36, 68-33, 81-10, 100 (73)-15); M Holt bt Neeraj Kumar 4-0 (61 (50)-14, 114 (106)-14, 59-46, 66-27); Y Merchant bt M Chandra 4-3 (66 (56)-34, 13-73 (60), 67-40, 31-55, 91-5, 8-62, 64-32).

Group C: Nigel Bond (Gbr) bt Shivam Arora 4-3 (81-15, 31-61, 65-67 (42), 47-45, 29-68, 96 (49)-42, 52-18); Sourav Kothari bt S Arora 4-2 (65-25, 33-68, 69 (58)-38, 29-20, 4-67 (44), 68-66 (51)); Siddharth Parekh bt Vijay Nichani 4-1 (33-65, 88-45, 66-20, 69 (58)-44 (31), 66-59); Aditya Mehta bt S Arora 4-2 (77 (60)-0, 102 (40)-26, 66-58, 41-74, 29-60, 61 (38)-10).

Group D: Shahbaaz Khan bt Mohd Al Joker (UAE) 4-0 (70-49, 51-33, 64-30, 89 (54)-7); Shahbaaz K bt Faisal Khan 4-2 (43-82, 66-55, 10-64 (40), 72-43, 63-0, 58 (54)-1); Pankaj Advani bt Sandeep Gulati 4-2 (81-55, 87 (87)-22, 2-72, 1-89 (80), 58-12, 63-23); Faisal K bt Mohd Al Joker 4-3 (16-84, 62-29, 79 (53)-19, 34-55, 79 (65)-1, 17-51, 64-21).

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