India's lone snooker professional Aditya Mehta rued missed chances against world no. 8 Ricky Walden of England that led to his 2-4 second-round defeat and early elimination from the pound sterling 300,000 Indian Open in progress here.
The home challenge in the Indian Open Snooker Championship came to a grinding halt after India's lone pro tour card holder Aditya Mehta, runner-up in the first edition, went down 2-4 to third seed Ricky Walden of England in the second round here.
Aditya Mehta kept the home country's hopes alive in the Indian Open World Ranking Snooker Tournament here today as he scored his first-ever victory over higher ranked Mark King of England 4-3 to enter the second round here today.
Indian ace cueist Pankaj Advani lost a thriller 3-4 against young Scottish rival Rhys Clark, making an exit from the 300,000 pound sterling Indian Open World Ranking Snooker Tournament here on Wednesday.
Coming back from an injury lay-off and with a new coach, India's top cueist Aditya Mehta is hoping that home support would inspire him to his maiden win over higher-ranked English rival Mark King in the first round of the Indian Open world ranking snooker tournament tomorrow.
Aditya Mehta would lead the host nation's challenge in the second Indian Open Snooker Championship, starting tomorrow, as four top-10 players in the world, including defending champion Ding Junhui of China, will vie for top honours.
Adjusting to the fast championship tables is one of the key areas for the six Indian wild cards to do well in the 300,000 pound sterling Indian Open Snooker Championship commencing here on March 10, said national champion Pankaj Advani on Sunday.
India`s Pankaj Advani came up with a typical late fightback to snatch a dramatic 10-9 win over Chinese Li Hang and join compatriot Aditya Mehta in the third round of the Professional World Snooker Championship qualifying tournament here.
Indian snooker stars Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta are all set to compete in the China Open, to be held in Beijing from March 31 to April 6, and will will be the last ranking tournament before the World Championship.