November 1, 2012 1:02:43 am
Aditya Mehta’s challenge at the International Championship professional snooker tournament ended in the per-quarterfinal stage when he was blanked 6-0 by the second ranked player in the world,Englishman Judd Trump.
Mehta had earlier upset top-ten player Stuart Bingham in the previous round,but could not get going against the superior play of the Bristol-based 23-year old. The loss in the last-16 stage earned the Mumbai lad 12,000 pounds in what is professional snookers richest tournament,held this year at Chengdu,China.
After making a quick start as he wrapped up the first frame in no time,Trump rattled in a break of 98 to go two frames clear. With Mehta continuing to make errors,Trump went for risky shots and pulled them off,notably during a break of 68 that gave him a 4-0 lead in just 45 minutes.
During the break,Mehta had a chance to re-group and he pulled back a 60 plus point deficit in the fifth frame,but right when it looked like he would go ahead and pocket the frame,he missed an easy brown. Trump made no mistake as he cleared the table to move ahead 5-0. That was the closest Mehta got to nicking a frame in the one-sided contest,as Trump gave the Indian no chance in the next,to complete the whitewash 6-0.
Despite the defeat,the 27-year old’s run in the tournament is one of the best by an Indian,matching Yasin Merchant’s performance from more than two decades back. Mehta had qualified for the International Championship after coming through four grueling rounds of qualification,where he repeatedly overcame higher ranked players. The upsets meant that Mehta was one of the lowest ranked players to make it to the main draw of the event.
In the first round,he beat local wild card Zhu Yinghui in a close best of eleven contest 6-5,before the win against Bingham. The run in China is expected to push Mehta’s ranking,currently at 71,higher. The other Indian to have qualified for the event,Pankaj Advani,opted out of the tournament,deciding to play the World Billiards Championship,which he won for the seventh time.
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