| National 9-Ball champions (from left) Judy Walia and Sumit Talwar, and 8-Ball winners Sundeep Gulati and Keerath Bhandaal, pose with their trophies at the Spring Club, on Sunday. A Telegraph picture |
Calcutta: Sumit Talwar displayed superior consistency to claim the men’s title in the Big Bazaar National 9-Ball Pool Championship, at the Spring Club, on Sunday.
Railways’ Kamal Chawla, who had overcome some stiff challenges in the earlier rounds, ran out of steam when it mattered most. Sumit, from Chandigarh, won by a convincing 11-6 scoreline.
The women’s title was won by Judy Walia of Karnataka as she thoroughly outplayed statemate Indira Gowda 7-4.
Coming back to the men’s match, it was Kamal who drew first blood, winning the opening rack. But Sumit shot back in the very next rack to draw level.
It was evens-stevens after the sixth rack as the players were tied at 3-3. However, thereafter Sumit pulled ahead. At the mini-break, Sumit was leading 7-5. Displaying better skills on the day, Sumit played almost flawlessly to win the race to 11 racks.
This is Sumit’s maiden National 9-Ball title. Prior to this, he had won 8-Ball crown in 2010.
Earlier in the day, Sumit thrashed youngster Malkeet Singh 10-2 in the semi-finals. Later Malkeet, who had defeated heavyweight Alok Kumar in the pre-quarters, made up for the semis disappointment when he defeated Sundeep Gulati 7-6 in the third place playoff.
In the women’s final, Judy always looked in control. Judy had raced ahead to 5-1 lead in the race to 7 racks final and it seemed that she would wrap up the match pretty soon. But Indira staged a fightback and took the scoreline to 5-3.
Displaying better nerves, Judy held off the challenge to finally win 7-4. Neena Praveen beat Suniti Damani for the third place.