marches into Last-16
Major Upsets -
Laxman Rawat; Kamal Chawla lost
The knockout stage (Last-32) for the Casa Copenhagen National
6Red Snooker Championship 2020, which is being organized
jointly by the Gujarat State Billiards Association & the
Sports Club of Gujarat under the auspices of the BSFI, started
today after three days grueling round-robin group stage
Current World and Asian Team Snooker Champion faced heavy
turbulence against Anurag Giri of Madhya Pradesh where the
match stretched till the deciding frame which also includes
tie-score and re-spotted black in frame 3rd and 5th.
Despite facing one of the toughest competitors, Anurag
constantly countered Aditya and won alternate frames to run
parallel till the first six frames. Though Aditya broke that
series and obtained 4-3 lead, which was again countered by
Anurag to set decider.
During the decider, Anurag got an excellent chance to upset
Aditya but missed a slightly difficult last red leaving all
open him. That was the final chance for Aditya which he
converted into a classy clearance and won the match 5-4.
Meanwhile on adjacent table, defending champion Pankaj Advani
breezed into the last 16 with a 5-0 whitewash of his opponent
R. Girish of Railways. The multiple-time World champion
recorded the match win with an average of 8 minutes per frame
and closed the proceedings in less than 50 minutes.
However, in the second session of the Last-32 knockout, major
casualty came from Table No.3 where reigning World 6Reds
champion, Laxman Rawat lost 1-5 from Varun Madan of Delhi. The
second frame saw good contest and Laxman had a chance to
equalize but lost marginally to trail 0-2. However, he managed
to send a recovery break of 34 points in the third frame and
reduced the deficit but after that, he failed to take Varunís
challenge in next frames and ended his journey in this yearís
National 6Reds championship.
Another big upset occurred when PSPB player Dhvaj Haria
outclassed World 6Reds No.2 Kamal Chawla in a straight-set of
frames 5-0. Kamal was struggling throughout and despite having
few good chances in the first three frames, he fell short each
time and constantly trailed. On the other side, established
Dhvaj sent a massive break of 60 points in the fourth frame
and then the last frame to won 5-0.