INDIA RETURNING HOME WITH 6 MEDALS
Indian cueists delivered excellent performance over the entire week in the Asian Championships 2018 of Men Billiards, Women and Junior Snooker events and returning home with 6 Asian medals.
Proudest moment from the event was when Indore based Amee Kamani went down in the pages of history as the first Indian woman to win an Asian Snooker title. Today in the final she scripted thumping 3-nil victory over multiple time world champion Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan of Thailand to win the coveted title.
Amee remained undefeated throughout the group stage and earned top-seed slot for the knockout stage where she knocked out Aye Ming Aung of Myanmar 3-0 (in Quarters) and Ka Kai Wan of Hong Kong 3-1 (in Semis) before scripting the history against Thai girl.
Another Indian woman Keerath Bhandaal earned Bronze medal for India by reaching into the semi-finals.
For Men Billiards, it was completely win-win situation as all Indian cueists reached in the semi-finals and confirmed all four medals. Though, once again, the leader of the Billiards team, Pankaj Advani successfully defended his title to take his Asian Billiards tally to 7.
Yesterday in the Semi-final, Pankaj knockout Dhvaj Haria 5-1 and today ousted his sparring partner from the same city Bengaluru, B. Bhaskar 6-1.
Rupesh Shah, who lost to B. Bhaskar yesterday shared joint bronze with Dhvaj Haria.
However, there was some consolation as in Junior Boys camp, none of the cueists qualify for knockout stage.
The Asian Under-21 title won by Aung Phyo from host nation, Myanmar. This is his first ever Asian Under-21 snooker title.
For India, it remained one of the best overseas performance under the leadership of Indian coach Ashok Shandilya and now all returning home with total 6 Asian medals.