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Amee claws back from the brink

26 January, 2018 4:27 PM
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Amee Kamani pulled off a great escape against Vidya Pillai, winning 27-52, 54-71, 75-66, 74-38, 69-21 in the senior National women’s snooker semifinal at KSBA here on Friday.

Amee, the defending champion, lost the first two frames, but launched a stirring comeback to clinch the best-of-five encounter. The Madhya Pradesh cueist looked down and out in the middle of the third frame when Vidya surged ahead by nearly 50 points. Amee then got into the groove, and kept her hopes alive by taking it 75-66.

After pocketing the fourth, Amee took a 39-21 lead in the decider. Vidya was still in it, but missed a regulation blue. Amee grabbed the chance by making an unfinished 25-point match-winning clearance.

Amee will face Karnataka’s Varshaa Sanjeev in the final. The latter prevailed in a similarly close last-four clash, against Delhi’s Keerath Bhandaal. The match boiled down to the pink in the fifth and final frame.

The victory gave Varsha her maiden appearance in a 15-red senior National snooker championship final. The 21-year-old hogged the limelight with a composed 62 in the second frame — the highest break so far.

Women: Semifinals: Amee Kamani (MP) bt Vidya Pillai (Kar) 27-52, 54(36)-71(31), 75-66(38), 74-38, 69(25)-21; Varshaa Sanjeev (Kar) bt Keerath Bhandaal (Del) 32-50, 82(62)-13, 94-69, 30-66(34), 62-46.

Anupama (TN) 46-53, 63-32, 48-63, 54-27, 73-18; Keerath bt Arantxa Sanchis (Mah) 20-41, 49-27, 20-30, 48-18, 42-12.

Men: Quarterfinals: Malkeet Singh (Rly) bt Divya Sharma (Pun) 18-97, 46-65, 86-21, 58-64, 75-27, 60-18, 84- 32, 64-29; Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Himanshu Jain (TS) 76 -1, 78-22, 70-48, 83-8, 83-1; Sumit Talwar (Chg) bt Dilip Kumar (Rly) 71-49, 75-6, 40-70, 58-40, 42-52, 14-92, 0-100, 66-27, 67-16; Shahbaaz Khan (Mah) bt Aayush Kumar (Pun) 44-36, 69-44, 34-58, 88-12, 77-0, 59-51.

Source: thehindu.com

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