Deshpande clinches billiards championship

Yash Deshpande of Deccan Gymkhana won the Open Billiards title, beating Rajendra Adhav in an all-Deccan final in the first edition of the Open Billiards Championship at the Deccan Gymkhana tables.

In the best-of-seven-frame final, Deshpande potted cleanly, giving no chance to Adhav as he won four straight frames 50-39, 50-27, 50-36, 50-31 to win the title with aplomb.

In the semifinals, Adhav had beaten in-form Siddharth Baran of Deccan Gymkhana 50-16, 15-50, 50-27, 12-50, 50-0, which included an unfinished break of 46 in the fifth frame.

Deshpande shut out 70-year-old Bhalchandra Dixit in the second semifinal, taking just four frames to earn victory. Deshpande won 51-28, 41-51, 52-21, 50-38.

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