Third Master’s National Snooker Championship 2019: Former Asian Games gold medalist Rafat Habib registers 2 wins

Meanwhile, Karnataka’s D. Rajkumar started with a flourish by convincingly winning both his matches in Group-E

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Former Asian Games Gold medalist, Rafat Habib of Railways was in prime form and recorded two successive wins in Group-D of the MIG Cricket Club organized third Master’s National Snooker Championship – 2019, and played at the MIG Club billiards hall on Sunday. The event is being organised under the aegis of BSFI and BSAM.

First, the Chennai-based Habib warmed-up nicely as he played steadily to defeat Maharashtra’s Amit Sapru 3-1 (57-37, 58-18, 13-46 and 77-10). Later, Habib produced some impressive performances as he constructed three substantial breaks of 77 (1st frame), 55 (3rd frame) and 45 (4th frame) as he went on to record a 3-1 win against Maharashtra Sanjiv Shah, who tried his best to put up a challenge.

Habib was in full flow and clinched an 88-26, 31-55, 74-14 and 85-01 victory and has virtually assured himself a place in the next phase of the competition. He has a match against Dhruv Agarwal of West Bengal today.

Meanwhile, Karnataka’s D. Rajkumar started with a flourish by convincingly winning both his matches in Group-E. The Karnataka cueist blanked Shekhar Surve of Railways 3-0 (86-59, 87-17 and 86-01) and then halted the fine run of Goa’s Samar Khandelwal by recording a fluent 3-0 (85-43, 62-08, 64-03) victory. Both Rajkumar and Khandelwal (2 wins, 1 loss) are in contention of qualifying for the knockout rounds from this group. 

Anuj Upal of Delhi and Rafat Habib of Railways launched the campaign on a winning track. Upal defeated Maharashtra’s Bapu Gaikwad 3-0 (76-16, 75-19 and 92-08) in a Group-C match, while in Group-D encounter, Habib prevailed over Maharashtra’s Amit Sapru 3-1 (57-37, 58-18, 13-46 and 77-10).

Results

Group C: Anuj Upal (DEL) beat Bapu Gaikwad (MH) 3-0 (76-16, 75-19, 92-08);

Prabdeep Singh (MH) beat Ishtmit Singh Malik (UP) 3-1 (66-41, 38-65, 71-40, 74-36).

Group D: Rafat Habib (RLY) beat Amit Sapru (MH) 3-1 (57-37, 58-18, 13-46, 77-10).

Rafat Habib beat Sanjiv Shah (MH) 3-1 (88(77)-26, 31-55, 74(55)-14, 85(45)-01).

Group E: D. Rajkumar (KTK) beat Shekhar Surve (RLY) 3-0 (86-59, 87-17, 86-01);

Rajkumar (KTK) beat Samar Khandelwal (GOA) 3-0 (85-43, 62-08, 64-03).

Group F: Vilas Upshyam (MH) beat L. Nagaraj (KTK) 3-0 (45-41, 52-32, 62-29); L. Nagaraj (KTK) beat Pankaj Vanjari (MH) 3-1 (65(45)-24, 95-19, 37-46, 70-15).

Group H: Vishal Gehani (MH) beat M. Baskaran (TN) 3-1 (60-41, 34-52, 65-26, 52-12).

Group J: Kankan Shamsi (UP) beat Amish (GUJ) 3-1 (74-37, 55-24, 67-31).

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