Sethi cruises into pre-quarterfinals


Joining Sethi in the knock-out round with an unbeaten record were qualifiers Sandeep Gulati from Group H and J Varun Kumar from Group B.

Gulati chalked up his second win by defeating Junior National champion Shabaz Adil Khan 4-3, aided by breaks of 51 and 77. On Saturday night, Gulati had beaten Rupesh Shah 4-3.
Varun got past fancied Sourav Kothari 4-1 for his second win in the league following his 4-0 rout of fellow-Chennaiite Vijay Nichani.

Favourite Pankaj Advani made short work of fellow-Bangalorean IH Manudev 4-0 in his opening Group A fixture.

Former national champion Alok Kumar swept past qualifier Jagan Williams 4-2 to confirm his progress to the knock-out round from Group D. The second player to advance from this group was Prem Prakash, who beat Williams 4-2.

Aditya Mehta crafted breaks of 92 and 62 while winning 4-0 to hand qualifier Imran Ganj his second defeat and book his berth in the pre-quarterfinals from Group F along with Rafath Habib.

In Group E, Manan Chandra overcame a fighting Faisal Khan 4-3 with most of the frames decided on the colours and advanced with veteran SA Saleem of Tamil Nadu.

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