Pankaj Advani of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board added another national title to his collection of trophies, beating Railways' Kamal Chawla 7-3 in the final of the 7th National 6-Red Snooker Championship in Chennai today.
This is Advani's third 6-Red national title, having won earlier in 2010 and 2016. The win in Chennai takes his total national title tally to a staggering 30, reflecting the multiple world champion's dominance of the game.
"It feels great to end the year on a high. It was an important tournament as the ranking enables us to represent India in the Asian championship. I'm glad that I did it and won in style," he said after the match. "Kamal is a great player, and it was never easy to best him here in the finals," he added.
In the women's section, Amee Kamani too defended her crown, beating Karnataka's Vidya Pillai 4-1 in the summit clash. Having dropped the first frame, Kamani roared back to win four in a row, taking the title with a 4-1 win. In doing so, she also recorded a break of 68 in one frame, the highest of the tournament.
Advani, Chawla, Kothari and Akshay Kumar have qualified to represent India in the Asian 6-Red Snooker championship to be held next year.