Advani, Amee retain crown

Pankaj Advani of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board added another national title to his collection of trophies, beating Railways' Kamal Chawla 7-3 on Saturday in the final of the 7th National 6-Red Snooker Championship here.

In the women's section, Amee Kamani defended her crown, beating Karnataka's Vidya Pillai 4-1 in the summit clash.

For multiple times world champion Advani, the triumph took his count of national titles to 30. This is also his third 6-Red national title, having won earlier in 2010 and 2016.

In the best of 13 frame final, Chawla opened with a good break of 65 to take the lead. Advani bounced back to take the next to get back on level terms. Chawla came up with a break of 45 to take the third to jump into the lead again.

Advani hit back strongly to take the next two to go 3-2 up. His rival fought back to equalise at three frames each.

After a hard-fought seventh frame, the PSPB cueist brooked no stopping and stormed to yet another triumph.

"It feels great to end the year on a high. It was an important tournament as the ranking enables us to represent India in the Asian championship. I'm glad that I did it and won in style," he said after the match.

Earlier in the semifinals, Advani defeated Sourav Kothari of PSPB 6-2 while Chawla beat Akshay Kumar of Uttar Pradesh 6-5.

Advani, Chawla, Kothari and Akshay Kumar have qualified to represent India in the Asian 6-Red Snooker championship to be held next year.

The women's final saw Amee Kamani dominate against Vidya after dropping the first frame, to run out a 4-1 winner. She also made a highest break of 68 in the tournament.

Results: Men, final: Pankaj Advani bt Kamal Chawla 7-3 (0-65 (65), 66-5, 0-66 (45), 40-9, 71-0, 1-50, 42-37, 70 (70)-0, 41 (41)-1, 49-14).

Semifinals: Kamal Chawla bt Akshay Kumar 6-5 (48-0, 9-48, 15-53, 4-34, 37-40, 62 (61)-0, 40-17, 19-52, 68 (68)-0, 38-13, 33-13); Pankaj Advani bt Sourav Kothari 6-2 (28-40, 49-0, 9-39, 41-17, 57-47, 38-15, 47 (44)-8, 48-21).

Women, final: Amee Kamani bt Viday Pillai 4-1 (24-29, 49-28, 58-0, 45-32, 34-0).

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