Sethi, Advani ease to win, Yasin struggles

Sethi, Advani ease to win, Yasin struggles

 Geet Sethi prepares to strike during his victory over Kamaraj in the World Snooker Championship in Hyderabad on Friday. Sethi won 66-16, 68-1, 64-6, 52-42. AP

In the men’s round of 64 match, Advani virtually toyed with Bobby Cruickshanks of Scotland before carving out a facile 4-0 win.

Advani won the first three frames with consummate ease before his opponent put up an improved show but it was too little, too late as the Indian wrapped up the issue 102-8 74-27 50-37 59-56.

In the Master’s section, Geet Sethi blanked compatriot Kamaraj 4-0 in the round of 32 match.

Sethi’s wealth of experience stood him in good stead as the cueist thumped Kamaraj 66-16 68-1 64-6 52-42.

In the men’s section, Yasin Merchant, however, found the going tough against New Zealander Chris Maltby even though the Indian eventually prevailed 4-3. Mechant won the first two frames before losing the third. He pocketed the next to go 3-1 up but Maltby clinched the next to reduce the margin.

Merchant raised his game in the seventh frame and sealed it to clinch the match 98-21 66-45 30-54 68-26 54-66 16-51 67-25.

Results: Men: Round of 64: Alok Kumar (Ind) bt Faisal Khan (Ind) 62-34, 67-32, 77-17, 61-33; Yasin Merchant (Ind) bt Chris Maltby (NZ) 98-21, 66-45, 30-54, 68-26, 54-66, 16-51, 67-25; Igor Figueiredo (Bra) bt Juha Erkinmikko (Fin) 23-75, 76-09, 68-13, 71-9, 65-30; Patrick Einsle (Ger) bt Mohd Awad (Egy) 66-18, 88-6, 71-1, 70-5); Alex Borg (Mlt) bt Greg Casey (Ire) 42-38, 66-2, 64-31, 79-15; Kamal Chawla (Ind) bt Rupesh Shah (Ind) 79-2, 47-60, 79-12, 98-56, 72-15; Anthony Brabin (Cyp) bt Sourav Kothari (Ind) 60-9, 59-66, 6-73, 31-61, 59-32, 68-5, 67-21; Pankaj Advani (Ind) bt Bobby Cruickshanks (Sco) 102-8, 74-27, 50-37, 59-56; Lin Tang Ho (HK) bt Ajeya Prabhakar (USA) 57-8, 90-11, 48-59, 76-33, 49-18; David Craggs (Eng) bt Muhammed Asif (Pak) 53-63, 39-82, 53-43, 26-82, 62-3, 55-46, 58-15; Ang Boon Chin (Sin) bt Ali Obiadly (Qat) 57-40, 77-45, 72-47, 16-57, 35-71; Yu Delu beats Ryan Somaratna (SL) 89-10, 70-2, 36-51, 77-13, 102-0; Lai Chee Wei (Mal) bt Maurice Le Duc (Ned) 68-56, 76-01, 25-69, 15-60, 46-69, 58-00, 84-09; Tian Pengfei (Chn) bt Brijesh Damani (Ind) 78-09, 75-25, 77-34, 86-13; Supoj Saenla (Tha) bt Faaris Kahn (SA) 71-43, 41-86, 51-38, 54-19, 62-25, 72-0.

Ladies: Round of 16: Meenal Thakur (Ind) bt Anuja Chandra (Ind) 74-67, 49-39, 27-56, 22-55, 55-45, 40-76, 59-18; Jaique IP (HK) bt Kathy Howden (Aus) 51-19, 60-5, 65-40, 65-24; Chitra M (Ind) bt Nicha Pathom Eakmongkhon (Tha) 54-5, 59-34, 47-51, 61-27, 58-62, 50-28; Ng On Yee (HK) bt Yu Ching Ching (HK) 12-77, 41-45, 54-33, 58-50, 62-35, 55-18.

Masters: Round of 32: Chuchart Trairattanapradit (Tha) bt SA Saleem (Ind) 110-5, 44-76, 76-43, 80-17, 82-31; Geet Sethi (Ind) bt Kamaraj (Ind) 66-16, 68-1, 64-6, 52-42; Ali Jaafar (Fra) bt Henry Killian (NZ) 73-45, 50-54, 67-45, 29-40, 68-38, 36-69, 52-41; Costas Konnaris (Cyp) bt Jyri Virtanen (Fin) 91-50, 37-64, 42-84, 82-45, 62-47, 20-67, 81-9; Dene O'Kane (NZ) bt Momen Elansary (Egy) 64-22, 60-22, 60-22, 53-44; Hitesh Naran (SA) bt Clive Thomson (NZ) 79-46, 46-29, 6-88, 34-72, 62-25, 45-68; Ron Jones (Wal) bt K Venkatesham (Ind) 89-21, 64-23, 56-47, 70-4; Glen Wilkinson (Aus) bt Stevie Baillie (Sco) 82-29, 64-48, 109-17, 60-51; Darren Morgan (Wal) bt Frank Schroder (Ger) 75-13, 84-0, 76-9, 88-14; K Ranjan (Ind) bt Cheung Leung Sing (HK) 52-25, 44-64, 59-15, 49-47, 81-39; Munier Cassi (SA) bt Brenden Thomas (Ire) 67-35, 44-52, 67-44, 64-50, 41-64, 64-35; Mark Rowing (Eng) bt Abdul Mohsen Khamis (Qat) 72-15, 56-32, 53-10, 74-16; Simon Zammit (Mlt) bt Ng Yam Shui (HK) 81-17, 55-08, 29-63, 79-47, 4-97, 69-62; Devendra Joshi (Ind) bt Ahmed Altarkait (Kuw) 61-39, 39-65, 76-14, 100-45, 75-19; BVS Murthy (Ind) bt Joe Delaney (Ire) 70-29, 65-40, 79-28, 1-72, 105-40; Noppadon Noppachorn (Tha) bt Paul Thomerson (Aus) 78-33, 66-51, 66-34, 49-70, 24-55. 62-40.

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