Mehta, Kothari teams in final, Advani crashes out
Kolkata: Aditya Mehta and Ravi Goenka set up a final clash against Sourav Kothari and Ankit Kariwala as world champion Pankaj Advani crashed out of the quarters of the Pro-Am event of the Second Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship here Tuesday.
But the duo`s dream run was snapped in the semis by Indian Open silver medalist and India No 2 Aditya Mehta and Ravi Goenka who registered an emphatic 3-1 win.
Mehta and Goenka started off winning the first two frames in quick succession 61-06, 60-09, but gave away in the tightly contested third frame 41-51, before grabbing the final frame again by a wide margin 72-06.
In the other semis, Sourav Kothari and Ankit Kariwala turned the tables on Brijesh Damani and Shreevardhan Poddar 3-2 in a contest that went down the wire.
Like last year, Advani will skip the five-day main event beginning tomorrow.