Peter Gilchrist had a rather sedate start to his campaign on Sunday with a hard-fought win over Brijesh Damani. While he accepted he had not played as well as he would have liked, he pointed at fatigue arising from jet-lag.
Mindful of his performance in the opener, Gilchrist easily picked off Jaiveer Dhingra 4-2, at the Asian Billiards Championship on Tuesday. Though Dhingra mustered two hundred-point breaks to Gilchrist’s one, the Singapore cueist’s experience came through as he carved out an easy win.
Gilchrist breezed through the first frame 101-26. The Indian, encouraged by Damani’s performance in his game against Gilchrist, answered with a century break to level the score at 1-1. Gilchrist again faltered in the third frame, misjudging a cannon. Dhingra took off from there and unleashed a vast repertoire of shots — cannons, pots and in-offs — to register his second consecutive century break and gain a 2-1 lead, winning the third frame 102-11.
Under pressure, Gilchrist refocused in the fourth. He did not hold back as Dhingra and the crowd applauded the potting skills on show while the ruling world champion went about levelling the scores. By the time Dhingra woke up from his reverie to wipe his sweaty palms with a handkerchief, Gilchirst had his own century break and was back on even terms.
Gilchrist did not look back from there and allowed Dhingra no opening. He won the fifth frame 100-4 and the final one 101-59 to send his opponent packing.
In the U-21 snooker championship, India’s Sahil Nayyar made it five wins out five with a comfortable 4-1 win over Alireza Rezaei of Iran. Sahil started off well, racing to a 3-0 lead, before winning in five frames.
Muhammad Majid Ali of Pakistan maintained his unbeaten run in the tournament with a 4-1 win against Sanjai Amin of Iran.
13th English billiards: Peter Gilchrist (SGP) bt Jaiveer Dhingra (IND) : 4-2 (101-26, 02-100(100), 11-102(100), 100(100)-02, 100(98)-04, 101-59); 15th U-21 snooker: Man Ming Wa (HKG) bt Vikrant Kapoor (IND) : 4-1 (61-21, 65-11, 62-13, 11-67, 68-01); Obaid Al-Mehaieri Badar (UAE) bt Yazan Hadad (SYR) : 4-0 (67-17, 68-30, 85-46, 59-42; Muhammad Majid Ali (PAK) bt Sanjai Amin (IRN): 4-1 (55-23, 73(54)-22, 37-68(57), 60-11, 66-42; Hritik Jain (IND) bt MFM Fazil (SL) : 4-0 (53-26, 49-12, 59-35, 72-44); Sahil Nayyar (IND) bt Alireza Rezaei (IRN) : 4-1 (58-35, 70-24, 56-33, 43-73, 59-50); Ashutosh Padhy (IND) bt Ameen Mohamed Shamil (SL) : 4-2 (67-31, 38-74, 39-55, 38-33, 60-18, 50-18); Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon (TH) bt Kunal Kothekar (IND) : 4-0 (95-08, 72-38, 83(69)-00, 74(74)-14); Sittichan Chiewchan (TH) bt Fung Chun Min (HKG) : 4-0 (60-14, 54-52, 62-22, 89(80)-32).
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