Sitwal retains Billiards crown for second consecutive time | Daily News

Sitwal retains Billiards crown for second consecutive time

Wang Yuchen of China who became the U-21 Asian Snooker champion plying the final while his opponent, Thailand’s R. Yotharuck seated and watching the play. Pictures by Wimal Karunathillaka

Defending Asian Billiards champion Dhruv Sitwal of India retained his crown for the second consecutive time while Chinese emerging star Wang Yuchen walked away with the Asian Under 21 Snooker title as the 15th Asian Billiards and 17th Asian Under 21 Snooker C'ships concluded on a grand scale at Hotel Ramada in Colombo yesterday.

Sitwal in all Indian 11-frame final beat his fellow teammate Bhaskar Balachandra by six frames to two 100/0, 100/5, 0/101, 101/14, 76/101, 101/12, 105/0, 102/0 while Wang Yuchen defeated his Thai opponent R. Yotharuck after a close battle which extended to 11 frames. Chinese player won the final in a thriller beating the opponent by six frames to five 24/64, 74/0, 0/82, 65/36, 71/34, 0/88, 72/39, 60/37, 0/87, 6/59, 73/43.

The billiards final turned out to be a one sided affair as Bhaskar Balachandra was not able to continue his playing style against experienced Sitwal. Bhaskar created the biggest upset in the tournament earlier when he defeated 15-time World Billiards Champion Pankj Advani of India at the quarter- final stage.

Dhrv Sitwal of India

He continued his winning streak and stunned three-times World Champion Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in the semis. But proving the predictions wrong he went down to Sitwal without any resistance in the final. Sitwal defeated Siddharth Parikh by five frames to three in the semis to book his final berth. He played the final with his usual quiet, but steady style and recorded a highest break of 95 on the second frame. He also had over 50 breaks in the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth frames. Players who reached quarter-final stage and semi final stage were also awarded trophies and cash awards. India's Ispreet Sing Chadha who recorded the highest break of 130 won the trophy for Highest Break in the Under 21 Snooker Championship.

The concurrent tournaments were conducted by the Billiards and Snooker Association of Sri Lanka under the supervision of Asian Confederation of Billiards Sports with the principal sponsorship of Pyramid, Wilmar and Fortune along with platinum sponsorships of Malship, Singer and Laugfs Gas. Both tournaments were worked off from March 3 to 8 at Hotel Ramada in Colombo with the participation of over 75 cueists from 12 countries.

Results Finals:

Billiards - Dhruv Sitwal (India) beat Bhaskar Balachandra (India) 6-2 (100/0, 100/5, 0/101, 101/14, 76/101, 101/12, 105/0, 102/0)

Under 21 Junior Snooker - Wang Yuchen (China) beat Ratchayothin Yotharuck (Thailand) 6-5 (24/64, 74/0, 0/82, 65/36, 71/34, 0/88, 72/39, 60/37, 0/87, 6/59, 73/43) 

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