Vidya, Varsha notch smooth victories

India’s Vidya Pillai, Varsha Sanjeev and Arantxa Sanchis scored contrasting victories in their respective group-stage matches of IBSF World Snooker Championship in Daugavpils, Latvia.

Veteran Vidya, the reigning National champion, defeated Australian Jessica Woods 3-1 (18-57, 61-15, 67-44, 50-39) to notch up her third straight win in Group to stay firmly on course for a last-24 berth.

Youngster Varsha blanked Poland’s Ewa Pawinska 3-0 (55-38, 56-43, 57-35) for her third consecutive win of Group F, while Arantxa grinded out a hard-fought 3-2 (52-39, 33-69, 51-72, 56-48, 62-36) win over Russia’s Dario Sirotina in Group E to maintain her unbeaten start as well.

In the men’s competition, Shahbaaz Adil Khan bettered his performance from previous two matches, blanking Jacobus Petrus Van Jaarsveld 4-0 while Brijesh Damani also recovered from Friday’s loss, crushing Ivan Kakovsky of Russia 4-0.

Results (Indians only): Men: Shahbaaz Adil Khan bt Jacobus Petrus Van Jaarsveld (SA) 4-0 (65-25, 100 (56)-1, 64-27, 56-46); Brijesh Damani bt Ivan Kakovsky (Rus) 4-0 (72-8, 51-8, 63-18, 65-21).

Women: Vidya Pillai bt Jessica Woods (Aus) 3-1 (18-57, 61-15, 67-44, 50-39); Varsha Sanjeev bt Ewa Pawinska (Pol) 3-0 (55-38, 56-43, 57-35); Arantxa Sanchis bt Daria Sirotina (Rus) 3-2 (52-39, 33-69, 51-72, 56-48, 62-36).

Masters: Jyri Virtanen (Fin) bt SA Saleem (India) 3-2 (85-25, 56-61, 67-46, 32-45, 68-58); Jamie Bodle (Eng) bt Nigel Lazar 3-0 (63-29, 68-32, 73 (67)-13).

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