Amee Kamani beat Vidya Pillai 27-52, 54-71, 75-66, 74-38, 69-21 in the semifinal of senior National women’s snooker at KSBA in Bangalore on Friday. Despite losing the first two frames, Kamani fought back hard to keep her hopes alive in the tournament.
The defending champion held her nerves in the game and made a brilliant comeback to claim the best-of-five encounter. The Madhya Pradesh cueist lost two back-to-back frames 27-52, 54-71 and looked down and out even in the third frame, her opponent Vidya was 50 points ahead at one point. Kamani managed to regain the momentum and finally found her groove and won it 75-66.
Kamani won the fourth frame 74-38 which forced the game to enter into the decider where she took a 39-21 lead. Vidya tried hard to be in the game but missed a regulation blue. Kamani utilized the chance as she made an unfinished 25-point match-winning clearance.
In the final round, Kamani will play against Karnataka’s Varshaa Sanjeev, who won her last game against Delhi’s Keerath Bhandaal. The win gave a chance to Sanjeev to make her maiden appearance in a 15-red senior National snooker championship final. The 21-year-old player grabbed the limelight with a composed 62 in the second frame which is the highest break so far.
Women: Semifinals: Amee Kamani (MP) bt Vidya Pillai (Kar) 27-52, 54(36)-71(31), 75-66(38), 74-38, 69(25)-21;
Varshaa Sanjeev (Kar) bt Keerath Bhandaal (Del) 32-50, 82(62)-13, 94-69, 30-66(34), 62-46.
Quarterfinals: Kamani bt P. Keerthana (Kar) 66-11, 47-43, 57-46;
Vidya bt R. Umadevi Nagaraj (Kar) 71-13, 29-31, 59-7, 47-35;
Varshaa bt R. Anupama (TN) 46-53, 63-32, 48-63, 54-27, 73-18;
Keerath bt Arantxa Sanchis (Mah) 20-41, 49-27, 20-30, 48-18, 42-12.