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Pushpinder wins Delhi snooker title

Pushpinder Singh claimed his maiden title after beating Vipin Sethi 4-2 (31-80 29-76 54-47 88-13 76-7 68-9) in a see-saw final of the Delhi state snooker championship here on Monday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
July 14, 2009 11:22:41 pm

Pushpinder Singh claimed his maiden title after beating Vipin Sethi 4-2 (31-80 29-76 54-47 88-13 76-7 68-9) in a see-saw final of the Delhi state snooker championship here on Monday.

“It was really a wonderful experience,particularly winning the title after being two frames down,” said Pushpinder. “I never thought I had this fighting instinct in me. But what mattered the most was that I fought well during the tiebreak,” he added.

It was the third frame that changed the course for Pushpinder. With scores tied at 47,the tie-breaker was forced and with it the black ball had to come out. As per tournament rules,whoever pockets the black in the tiebreaker wins the frame. And Pushpinder pocketed it from an intricate position to take the frame at 54-47.

That,perhaps,gave confidence to Pushpinder,who fought well in the next frame despite his opponent giving a good fight. Pushpinder took the fourth frame at 88-13 and from then on,it was an easy ride for him.

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Under pressure,Sethi’s game went up in smoke as he started committing unforced errors. He missed some easy shots even as Pushpinder started to up the ante.

He completed the fifth frame notching up a score of 76-7 and,going for the break in the decisive sixth frame,Pushpinder allowed Sethi a only couple of visits before pocketing it 68-9 to win the title.

The MBA student had ruffled some feathers during the Asian U-21 championships in Pune last year when he defeated Asia No 2 Thanawat of Thailand 3-2 in a crucial game. He showed glimpses of the same form while being down two frames on Monday. The Delhi boy was runner-up in sub-junior national billiards event in 2006.

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Despite winning the title,the Delhi lad felt he had a long way to go. “I am happy I was able to win the Delhi state title. But I want to prepare myself to win the national titles in September,” he said.

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First published on: 14-07-2009 at 11:22:41 pm

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