Vidya Pillai wins ladies National Snooker title

Chennai: India`s number one female cueist
Vidya Pillai successfully defended her ladies National Snooker
title after scoring a convincing 3-1 victory over young and
inexperienced Arantxa Sanchis of Maharashtra in the final on Monday.

The summit clash was rather lop-sided despite Sanchis
winning the second frame. Pillai, in winning the title for the
sixth time, was rarely stretched and took the match at 53-34
43-53 92-15 54-15.

The 33-year-old Vidya, who had won the Australian Open
Championship title last year, brought her rich experience of
green baize in to play in the third frame that she won on a
break of 44.

Sanchis, the 21-year old former junior champion, had a
few openings in the three frames that she lost, but her lack
of planning especially in safety play led to her disappointing

Meanwhile, former national champion Chitra Magimairaj
came up with a superb break of 74 and frame score of 109 to
win her minor placings match against Keerath Bhandaal of

In another evening match to decide third place, Tamil
Nadu`s Neena Praveen scored a straight frames victory over
Suniti Damani of Bengal at 55-31 26-17.


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