India’s young cueist Amee Kamani shines with the top honour at the IBSF World Snooker Championship by clinching a bronze medal, played at the Yangon’s Grand Mercure Hotel Snooker Centre.
The supreme reigning champion at the Asian Snooker Championship, Kamani lost to Thailand Sukritthanes by 2-4 in the semifinal match.
IBSF WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP 2018, YANGON (MYANMAR)
I’m not disappointed with a Bronze. It always feels good to come home with a medal. ✌🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/I5QPZALp8Y
— Amee Kamani (@KamaniAmee) November 27, 2018
Sukritthanes was the biggest surprise, where she defeated Belgium’s seven-time champion Wendy Jans by 5-2 in the finale of the championship.
Out of the fourteen Indian participants in three different categories (Men, Women and Masters), Amee Kamani was the sole medal winner for India.
Kamani Vs Sukritthanes
Though Amee Kamani was outstanding throughout her semifinal game, she could not outplay Sukritthanes’s wise-play.
After winning the first frame 62-52, Kamani took her foot off the pedal as her Thai opponent drew level 73-53 in the second.
Kamani fought back at her best in the third frame in which she had a break of 65 as she went on to win it 65-11. But it was Sukritthanes who came back with full power as she took the next three frames (75-15, 65-24, 71-15) to seal the contest.
Post her semifinal match, Kamani tweeted, “I’m not disappointed with a Bronze. It always feels good to come home with a medal.”
It has been a good season so far for Amee Kamani. She already created history by becoming the first Indian woman cueist to clinch the Asian snooker title, defeating Thailand’s Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan 3-0 in the final held at the same venue in Myanmar.
The 26-year-old who hails from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, had also won the snooker nationals held in Bangalore and 6-red snooker nationals held in Chennai.
India’s defending champion Pankaj Advani lost to Poland’s Kacper Filipiak by 5-2 in the last-16 stage in men’s category.
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