Confident Vidya hopes to go the distance at 6-red Worlds

Confident Vidya hopes to go the distance at 6-red Worlds

Having completed a rare double when she annexed the National 6-red snooker championship two days ago at Lucknow, the seasoned Vidya Pillai exuded confidence on her chances at the World 6-red Snooker Championship, due to kick off in Carlow, Ireland, on September 29.

Vidya, who took a sabbatical from the circuit to embrace motherhood before returning in stunning fashion this January in Gwalior when she lifted her seventh national 15-red snooker title with very little practice. She showed hunger for more glory, while beating Neena Praveen for the 6-red title as well in Lucknow on Wednesday.

Now, the 36-year-old, struggling to manage time between her love for the green baize and son Surya, leaves to Carlow where the women’s 6-red worlds is being staged for the first time with greater determination.

“Just like the 15-red event, I went to the 6-red with very little practice,” said Vidya. “Every title I win now is a bonus because I don’t practice as hard as I would’ve in my prime. Such victories give you a lot of confidence.

“The worlds is going to be a unique experience. This is the first time women will be involved in the 6-red format and I guess the shortness of it makes for some interesting games. I’m feeling very confident and I hope to go the distance.”

Apart from competing for individual honours, Vidya will also be teaming up young Arantxa Sanchis in the team event. Bangalore’s Chitra Magimairaj and Varsha Sanjeev will form the second team and will also be taking part in the individual championship.

“I honestly think we have a good chance. Chitra and I are there for experience while Varsha and Arantxa are extremely talented. Hope we are able to maintain the intensity.”

Besides Vidya, Chitra will be one of the cueists to watch out for after having won a 6-red snooker bronze medal early this year at the Asian Indoor Games in Incheon, Korea. “I am extremely disappointed with my Nationals show and I’m determined to make amends,” said Chitra who lost in the quarterfinals of the Nationals.

“I’m generally good at international events and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been practicing hard in the last few months and I hope to make the country proud yet again,” added Chitra.

The Indian contingent, including the men, left for Ireland in the wee hours of Saturday.

The squad: Men: Individual championship: Shivam Arora, Laxman Rawat, Brijesh Damani, Manan Chandra, Shahbaaz Adil Khan.

Team: Manan Chandra/ Brijesh Damani; Shanbaaz Adil Khan/ Shivam Arora.
Women: Individual championship: Chitra Magimairaj, Vidya Pillai, Arantxa Sanchis, Varsha Sanjeev.

Team: Arantxa Sanchis/ Vidya Pillai; Chitra Magimairaj/ Varsha Sanjeev.

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