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Defending champion Sourav Kothari enters World Billiards final

MELBOURNE: Defending champion Sourav Kothari on Friday continued his spectacular show. He outperformed multiple-time world champion Mike Russell of England in the semifinal. Thus, he booked his second consecutive World Billiards (long-up) final.

Russell conceded the match with 45 minutes remaining on the clock in the four-hour semifinal and therefore reflecting Kothari’s dominance in the game. Russell did not have enough time remaining for him to overcome the enormous deficit of nearly 600 points.

In the end, Kothari prevailed 1090-594 with breaks of 205, 195, 175, 128 and 103, whereas Russell made breaks of 247, 131 and 121. The key highlight of the semifinal was a break of 195 that gave Kothari a considerable push and rattled Russell. This came in reply to a break of 247 under which Kothari brought parity in the scoreline.

It was Kothari from the very beginning of the second session. He went on a rampage with successive blows of 205, 175 and 103 especially in a matter of just over an hour to take a massive lead of nearly 600 points reducing Russell to a mere spectator.

Eventually, Russell conceded the match with still 45 minutes remaining. Along the way, he complemented Kothari for his extraordinary display of high-quality Billiards.

In the quarterfinal earlier in the day, Kothari sailed past Rob Hall of England 1076-484 with breaks of 141, 135, 242 and 121. On Saturday, Kothari will meet Peter Gilchrist of Singapore which will be a repeat of last year’s world billiards final. Gilchrist defeated David Causier 1183-1023 in the other semifinal.

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