Chandra family’s day out

Not a stranger to winning trophies, Manan Chandra of PSPB (Petroleum Sports Promotion Board) proved to be in devastating form as he bulldozed his way into the semi-finals of the men's 8-ball competition of the NSCI-National Pool Championship.

The two-time national champion enjoyed an excellent run of the balls as he breezed to a 7-0 win against Maharashtra's Kabil Badami in the race-to-seven-rack quarterfinal contest at the National Sports Club of India, Worli on Tuesday.

Chandra, who also has five National 9-ball titles to his credit, had earlier, steamrolled past J Ganesh of Railways 6-0 in the race-to-six rack pre-quarterfinal encounter.

In other men's quarterfinal action, defending champion Alok Kumar of PSPB crashed out, losing 7-3 to Sandeep Gulati of Delhi, Sumit Talwar ended the dream run of 19-year-old Nitesh Madan of Delhi and Shabaz Khan of PSPB outplayed Hasan Badami 7-2, ending the challenge from the state cueist.

Overall it was a great day for the Chandra family, as Manan's wife, Anuja also showed good touch by winning both her Group-B matches of the women's 8-ball double elimination round to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Judy Walia of Karnataka and Maharashtra's Neeta Sanghvi also won their matches to join Anuja in the last eight round.

Earlier, in the pre-quarterfinals, Kumar had shown the door to Faisal Khan of RSPB winning by a 6-3 margin while setting up an interesting quarterfinal clash with Gulati, who tamed K Venkatesham (RSPB) 6-4.

Results: Quarter-finals: Sumit Talwar (Chd) bt Nitesh Madan (Dli) 7-5, Shabaaz Khan (PSPB) bt Hasan Badami (Mah) 7-2, Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Kabil Badami 7-0, Sandeep Gulati (Dli) bt Alok Kumar (PSPB) 7-3; Pre-quarter-finals: Sumit Talwar (Chd) bt Varun Kumar (TN) 6-3, Nitesh Madan (Dli) bt Dharminder Lilly (Pub) 6-2, Shabaaz Khan (PSPB) bt Arun Kumar VN (Mah) 6-3, Hasan Badami (Mah) bt Divya Sharma (Har) 6-1, Kabil Badami (Mah) bt Bunty Retra (Dli) 6-4, Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt J Ganesh (Rly) 6-0, Sandeep Gulati (Dli) bt K Venkatesham (RSPB) 6-4, Alok Kumar (PSPB) bt Faisal Khan (RSPB) 6-3; Men's 8-ball (round of 32): Sumit Talwar (Chd) bt Shivam Arora (Bih) 6-3, Varun Kumar (TN) bt Deepak Kumar (Pub) 6-0, Nitesh Madan (Dli) bt Siddharth Parikh (RSPB) 6-5, Dharminder Lilly (Pub) bt Rishabh Pandya (Mah) 6-2. Arun Kumar VN (Mah) bt B Balaji Reddy (Kar) 6-3, Shabaaz Khan (PSPB) bt Dilip Kumar (RSPB) 6-4, Hasan Badami (Mah) bt Lalsangzela (Miz) 6-4, Divya Sharma (Har) bt Devendra Joshi (PSPB) 6-4, Kabil Badami (Mah) bt Lalrina Renthlel (Miz) 6-4, Bunty Retra (Dli) bt Sumeet Devang 6-4, J Ganesh (Rly) bt Shoaib Khan (WB) 6-5, Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Mangesh N (TN) 6-4, K Venkatesham (RSPB) bt Vijay Nichani (TN) 6-4, Sandeep Gulati (Dli) bt Tanmay Shah 6-0, Faisal Khan (RSPB) bt Laxman Rawat (Dli) 6-4, Alok Kumar (PSPB) bt Ishpreet Chadha (Mah) 6-2; Women's 8-ball (double elimination round): Group-A: Judy Walia (Kar) bt Shilpa S (Kar) 3-1, R Umadevi Nagraj (Kar) bt Menal Thakur (Mah); Group-B: Anuja Chandra (PSPB) bt Heena Khandelwal (Mah) 3-0, Keerath Bhandaal (Dli) bt Indira Gowda (Kar) 3-2, Neeta Sanghvi (Mah) bt Bhanumathi Mendon (Kar) 3-1, Sangeeta Hemchand (Mah) bt Suniti Damani (WB) 3-2, Anuja Chandra bt Keerath Bhandaal 3-0, Neeta Sanghvi bt Sangeeta Henchand 3-2.

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