FORMER Haryana No. 1 Aman Bhasin took another giant step towards glory as he reached the final in both the snooker and billiards categories in the Chandigarh Club Snooker and Billiards Amateur Championship on Saturday. Looking in smashing form,Bhasin lost just one frame in both the semi-final encounters.
Earlier,in the snooker semi-final encounter,Bhasin outplayed Vaibhav Anand 3-0. In the quarter-finals,Vaibhav had defeated upcoming cueist Ranveer Duggal,who is nine years old. But Vaibhav failed to get going against Bhasin despite his best efforts.
Bhasin played some of his most fluent snooker of the tournament and won the first frame 79-66. He continued to impress with his potting skills and claimed the second frame 75-56.
Vaibhav made one last attempt to make a comeback into the match but Bhasin looked in dominant form and won the third frame 89-76 to enter the final.
Bhasin will now face Pranav Jain in the final,who also registered an easy 3-0 win over Manav Dhawan. Pranav also came up with an eye-catching performance and looked unstoppable in his semi-final encounter.
Even after winning the first frame 55-29,Pranav maintained his form and claimed the next frame 75-56. Potting coloured balls from difficult angles,Pranav completely bamboozled his opponent and won the third frame 65-3 to make it to the final.
In billiards,Bhasin defeated Manav Dhawan 3-1. It was just not Dhawan’s day as he was erratic in his potting and was far from his best. Bhasin,on the other hand,lost a frame for the first time on Saturday. It was Bhasin who made his intensions clear by winning the first frame 75-44. However,shrugging off his loss in the first frame,Dhawan made a good comeback and won the second frame 76-68.
Then,Bhasin upped his tempo and potted the coloured balls to pile pressure on his opponent. When he won the third frame 75-3,the spectators knew there was no coming back for Dhawan. Bhasin continued to rule the green baize by winning the fourth frame 75-27 to enter the final.