Snooker

  • Snooker, billiards should be part of CWG, Asian Games: Pankaj Advani July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Fresh from his recent World 6-Reds Snooker Championship triumph, ace cueist Pankaj Advani feels the time is right to make a push for billiards and snooker to be included in the Commonwealth and Asian Games. "I think in both billiards and snooker we have been doing well in the...
  • Pankaj Advani registers historic title win in Egypt June 29, 2014

    Sharm el-Sheikh: Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Sunday created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker by pocketing the IBSF World 6-Red snooker Championship, here. Advani, India's poster boy of cue sports, defeated Kacper...
  • Indian cueist Chitra Magimairaj nominated for Arjuna award May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Reigning World Women's Senior Snooker champion Chitra Magimairaj has been nominated for this year's Arjuna award along with contemporary Vidya Pillai and upcoming snooker star Brijesh Damani, the Billiards and Snooker Association of India (BSFI) confirmed on Wednesday. Bangalore-based Chitra, 41, has bagged three gold, three silver and three...
  • India unlikely to produce pro snooker champion soon: Advani May 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Ace cueist Pankaj Advani does not see an Indian player winning at the world professional snooker circuit in the near future even though he and compatriot Aditya Mehta are currently ranked in top 64. "It is a good sign (with two players in top 64). It is still a long...
  • Mark Selby stuns Ronnie O'Sullivan to pocket World Snooker title May 6, 2014

    Sheffield: English pro Mark Selby played the match of his career to stun defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and pocket his maiden World Snooker Championship title here on Tuesday. The Leicester-based cueist, who trailed 7-10 overnight, triumphed 18-14 on a dramatic final day at the Crucible to become the new World No.1. Getting...
  • Kamal Chawla settles for bronze in Asian Snooker Championship May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian cueist Kamal Chawla settled for a bronze medal after losing his semi-final match to Chuan Leong Thor of Malaysia in the Asian Snooker Championship being held in Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. Chawla struggled against his Malaysian opponent and lost 2-6 in the semi-finals, after a...
  • Kamal Chawla enters Asian Snooker Championship semis May 2, 2014

    Indian cueist Kamal Chawla continued his sizzling form on the green baize to book a semi-final berth in the Asian Snooker Championship being held in Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. On a super Friday, Chawla cued past Chen Zifan of China 4-2 in the pre-quarters and then outplayed Malaysian...
  • Snooker needs to move out of UK for Asians: Pankaj Advani April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Back in India after a challenging snooker season, India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani feels the game has to move out of the United Kingdom for Asian players to thrive and compete on a level playing field. "I think the sport needs to move out of the...
  • Chitra Magimairaj wins World Women's Senior snooker title on historic debut April 22, 2014

    Leeds: Overcoming her early exit in the World Snooker Championships in the WLBSA event, Chitra Magimairaj showed tremendous grit and determination to pocket the Senior snooker title in her first appearance on Tuesday. The Bangalore cueist won all her four matches without dropping a single set against accomplished snooker players from...
  • Cueist Pankaj Advani goes down to Robbie Williams April 14, 2014

    Sheffield: Indian champion Pankaj Advani blew a 7-4 lead to lose 7-10 against Robbie Williams in the final qualifying round of the World Professional Snooker Championship. Williams won six frames on the trot to deny victory to the 28-year-old Bangalorean, who thus joined compatriot Aditya Mehta on the sidelines on Sunday....
  • Aditya Mehta bows out of World Snooker qualifiers April 13, 2014

    Sheffield: Aditya Mehta's dream run came to an end at the World Snooker qualifying rounds following a 5-10 defeat against Jamie Jones. Mehta struggled for form as he could not produce even a single break. He was level 3-3 with his opponent but eventually lost 4-108(108) 62-46,38-67, 66-27, 25-108(68) 1-40, 55-73,...
  • Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta in third round of Professional World Snooker April 12, 2014

    Sheffield: 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. The 28-year-old won five of the last six frames Friday to oust...
  • Pankaj Advani advances in World Championship qualifiers April 12, 2014

    London: He was left hassled after his baggage was misplaced but unfazed by it, ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani rallied to beat China's Li Hang in the second round of the qualifying event for the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield. Advani notched up a 10-9 triumph to set up a clash...
  • Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta to begin World Snooker qualifier campaign April 8, 2014

    Sheffield: India's top cueists Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta will begin their campaign in the World Snooker Championship with qualifying round matches on Wednesday. Advani will take on the winner of the match between Li Hang of China and Ratchoyothin Yotharuck of Thailand in the first round of the qualifiers at...
  • Pankaj Advani crashes out of Haikou World Open March 12, 2014

    New Delhi: India's Pankaj Advani waged a grim battle against tournament favourite and World No.3 Ding Junhui before going down 4-5 in the decider to crash out of the Haikou World Open in China. The eight-time world champion was in a commanding position to oust Junhui but could not get past...
  • Pankaj Advani beats Kamal Chawla to lift 24th national snooker title March 8, 2014

    Lucknow: World champion Pankaj Advani (PSPB) won his sixth national snooker title with a commanding 6-3 win over Kamal Chawla of Railways in the 81st national snooker championship, in Lucknow on Friday. Chawla remained a spectator from his chair for larger period of the match as the Bangalore cueist Advani's natural...
  • Advani to return to his first love billiards after pro season February 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Ever since Pankaj Advani ventured into the glitzy world of professional snooker, his first love billiards took a back seat, but the eight-time world champion has vowed to play more of the traditional format after the end of pro season in April. "I am missing billiards. Like I have...
  • Pankaj Advani crashes out of Welsh Open snooker February 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Top Indian cueist Pankaj Advani crashed out of the Welsh Open snooker tournament with a 3-4 defeat at the hands of Joel Walker of England in the first round at Newport in Wales on Saturday. Advani lost 00-87 (52), 105 (97)-00, 82-30, 01-65, 60-65, 68 (57)-46, 16-78 (55) to...
  • Sports Yearender: 'Chak De' moment in an otherwise controversial 2013 December 30, 2013

    From the victory screams in Monchengladbach to the ignominy of an Olympic ban, last 12 months in Indian sports touched highs and lows with incessant regularity. Maiden triumphs in hockey, shooting and badminton were celebrated with a smile, but concealed under those grins was a threat of competing under the...
  • Chitra settles for bronze at ISBF World snooker December 8, 2013

    Daugapils: India's Chitra Magimairajan had to settle for a bronze at the IBSF World Snooker Championships after she went down against Wendy Jans 1-4 in the semi-finals here. Chitra made her intentions clear with a well thought out game plan in the first frame and continued till she lost out on...
  • Chitra enters semis, men ousted at World Snooker Championships December 7, 2013

    Daugapils: India's Chitra Magimairajan stormed into the semi-finals of the women's event at the IBSF World Snooker Championships, defeating compatriot Varsha Sanjeev even as the men's challenge ended in the last-16 round here. Seasoned Chitra, who had two world billiards titles and Australian Open crown to her credit, defeated 17-year-old Varsha...
  • India women guaranteed medal, men ousted at World Snooker Championships December 7, 2013

    Daugapils: India's Varsha Sanjeev and Chitra Magimairajan entered the quarter-final of the IBSF World Snooker Championships even as the men's challenge ended in the last-16 round. Even among the two Indian women, only one will finish on the podium as the two cueists will battle it out for a place...
  • Indian women cueists win in IBSF World Snooker December 4, 2013

    Daugavpils: It was a good day in office for India's women cueists Chitra M, Neena Praveen and Varshaa Sanjeev as they won their respective group league matches of the IBSF World Snooker Championship, here Wednesday. While Chitra defeated Hong Kong's Yu Ching 3-1, Neena put paid to the hopes of Russia's...
  • World Snooker: Varsha Sanjeev makes knockout stage December 3, 2013

    Daugavpils: Teenager Varsha Sanjeev became the first and only Indian thus far to qualify for the knockout stage of the IBSF World snooker championship after she beat Ukraine's Maria Buckaraska 3-0 in her concluding Group F match here. The 17-year-old Varsha Monday qualified with a 5-4 record, her only loss coming...
  • Indian cueists' good run continue at IBSF World Snooker December 2, 2013

    Daugavpils: Manan Chandra led the way with a convincing win as Indian cueists capped off a good day in the IBSF World Snooker Championship, here Monday. Chandra continued his dominance in the 15-Red format as he defeated Egypt's Karim Elabd 4-1. Brijesh Damani and Shahbaaz Adil Khan also emerged triumphant, winning...
  • Advani, Aditya lose in International Championship October 29, 2013

    Chengdu: It was a disappointing end to India's campaign in the International Championship as the two poster boys of Indian cue sport - Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta - bowed out of the major ranking snooker event, losing their respective first round matches here. Indian Open finalist, Aditya went down 3-6...
  • World body suspends cueist Mike Russell October 22, 2013

    Leeds: Former champion Mike Russell of England, who resides in the UAE, has been suspended and will not be able to participate in the ongoing World professional billiards championship, according to a statement from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA). The suspension follows Russell's alleged assault on a female...
  • Happy with my performance, says Aditya Mehta October 19, 2013

    After becoming the first ever Indian to reach the final of a major ranking event, Mehta lost the title match 0-5 to world No.4 Ding Junhui of China. ...
  • It is the greatest milestone of my career, says Aditya Mehta October 19, 2013

    New Delhi: India's ace cueist Aditya Mehta Friday described his runner-up finish in the Indian Open snooker tournament as the "greatest milestone" of his professional career. He said the memorable victories over the world champions in the tournament proved that "nothing is impossible". "I have been doing well over the years....
  • Aditya Mehta loses in final; dream run ends in Indian Open Snooker October 19, 2013

    New Delhi: After becoming the first Indian ever to reach the final of a major ranking event, it was a sad end to Aditya Mehta's fairytale journey at the Indian Open world snooker as he went down tamely to China's Ding Junhui in the summit clash here Friday. Mehta, who scalped...