Aditya reaches last-16 in Snooker World C`ships

Bangkok: Former Asian Champion Aditya Mehta on Thursday became the only Indian to qualify for the last-16 stage of the 6-Red Snooker World Championships here.

He defeated Dechawat Pooma of Thailand with a lead score of 6-4.

The match was a see-saw affair as Aditya and Dechawat were locked 4-4 before the Indian took the lead in the ninth and 10th frame consecutively.

"I was really looking forward to the 6-Red World after my victory at the Asian Snooker Championships this year," Aditya said.

"I see myself coming through pretty well. It`s an achievement for me to be the only Indian in the `Last 16` stage of the tournament."

Aditya will be playing Panompai Powises of Thailand next.