National C’ship: Padhy beats Advani

Asutosh Padhy took out defending champion and favourite Pankaj Advani in the last-32 stage.

Asutosh Padhy (in picture) pulled off “the biggest win of my career.”   -  Ashwin Achal

Odisha’s Asutosh Padhy pulled off an incredible upset, taking out defending champion and favourite Pankaj Advani in the last-32 of the Senior National men’s snooker championship, at KSBA here on Wednesday.

Padhy, 21, aggressively potted everything on offer to stun the 18-time world champion. “This is the biggest win of my career. Pankaj is my idol, so this is unbelievable,” Padhy said.

Padhy, who is pursuing a law degree in Mumbai and trains under Sanjay Sawant, added, “I was in the zone. If I had a potting chance, I went for it.”

Sachdeva beats Gulati

In another fixture, a fluent Rahul Sachdeva defeated Delhi’s Sundeep Gulati 65-14, 64-14, 71-15, 73-60. The victory gave Sachdeva his third consecutive last-16 spot in the National championships.

In view of the Karnataka bandh called on Thursday, the morning matches have been postponed to late evening. As a result, the men’s and women’s finals have been postponed by a day, to Saturday.