Snooker: Shock loss for Ashok Shandilya

Chennai: Former Asian and national champion Ashok Shandilya of Railways failed to qualify for the Senior National Snooker Championship after losing 2-3 to local player Nigel Lazar.

Lazar, making a comeback to the National Championship after a gap of 14 years, made it to the main draw getting the better of Shandilya 47-56, 62-51, 14-70, 74-42, 64-49.

Shandilya said, "I guess, I don`t deserve to qualify. I don`t know what exactly has gone wrong, but I can tell you there is no hand-eye-mind co-ordination."

"I started well with a 24 break, but missed a sitter read and he replied strongly. Then the match went one way and the other. I had my chances in every frame, but did not capitalise and I eventually lost," he said.


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