Indian cueist Laxman Rawat outlasted a spirited fightback from Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif to win 6-5 and secure the IBSF World 6Reds title in Mandalay, Myanmar. But it was heartbreak for compatriot Amee Kamani as she lost her final against Nutcharat Wongharuthai of Thailand on Saturday.
Laxman Rawat outlasted a spirited fightback from Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif to win 6-5 and clinch the IBSF World 6Reds title in Mandalay, Myanmar. Rawat got off to a flying start when he took a 5-1 lead in the Best of 11 frame final. But Asif wasn’t giving up and clinched the next four to level the frame scores.
In the deciding frame, it was Asif who had things under control till he missed the long blue pot which would have given him an unassailable lead and completed the unthinkable turnaround. Laxman, on the other hand, held his nerve and potted blue in the center and then pink in the top pocket to land perfectly on black. Though the position was straight, he still took some more time and then potted the desired black to clinch the Championship.
Rawat made the final of the championship by surprising tournament favourite Pankaj Advani 5-4 in the semifinals on Friday. He won 8-77, 40-2, 21-34, 24-28, 73 (73)-8, 47-14, 44-0, 27-39, 36-26.
In the women’s final, Amee Kamani put up a spirited fight against three-time junior world champion Nutcharat but a mistake in potting the red ball in the sixth frame allowed her opponent to run away with the title with a score of 2-4.
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