Rawat looks to quell Chinese challenge ahead of quarters

Buoyed by his winning start to the Asian U-21 snooker Championships at Goa,Delhi cueist and national champion Laxman Rawat feels his campaign is on tune before he takes on China for his last league match on Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:April 5, 2012 1:03 am

Buoyed by his winning start to the Asian U-21 snooker Championships at Goa,Delhi cueist and national champion Laxman Rawat feels his campaign is on tune before he takes on China for his last league match on Thursday. “Both my wins were comprehensive and I feel I should be able to leave an impression here,” says Rawat.

Rawat played his first match against Saudi Arabia’s Abdulla Nabil,blanked him 4-0 and came up with a similar performance against Hong Kong’s Chan Ming Tung to beat him 4-1. Until now he has had a taste of competitors who may be considered as equals in the championships but is wary of the Chinese threat that stands ahead. The match is crucial as the win will confirm his ticket to the quarterfinal stage. “It has been a good run until now but players from China,Thailand and other Eastern nations are competitive and it isn’t easy to snatch victories. It is going to be a tough mental exrecise,” adds Rawat.

If Rawat is ranked no.1 among the other Indians, he completely deserves the honour because no other Indian cueist,competing alongside has managed to win both their matches. Mundir Sherazi and ML Laxman won a match each and lost their second. While the other Delhi cueist Lalit Dahiya has only played a single match as yet and couldn’t register a winning start. Himanshu Jain,unlike Dahiya didn’t disappoint and won his first match.

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