Kothari lands a rare double at Pacific International Snooker
It was a double treat for former world snooker champion Sourav Kothari, who clinched the Pacific Billiards International Championship title on Friday, just days after claiming the snooker crown in the same event.
Kothari, 37, edged out multiple England champion Rob Hall of England 1500-1321 in the final of the highest Tier 5 World Ranking event to claim the title.
The 2018 world snooker champion thus became only the second cueist after Australia’s Mathew Bolton to win a double title in the Pacific International.
In the thrilling finale, Kothari showed great mastery of cue ball control early on. He landed breaks of 161, 141, 135 and 117 to take a massive 600-point lead.
The Englishman could only manage one 177 century break during this session.
A few regulation drop guns missed by Kothari in the following session saw Hall hit back with a magnificent 391 break as he cut the margin to 200 points before moving past Kothari.
Kothari showed great composure and composure in difficult circumstances and sealed the issue with a century-long hiatus in 111.
Earlier, Hall ousted World Snooker Champion Peter Gilchrist of Singapore by 1204-122 recording big breaks of 244 and 192.
Kothari beat compatriot Dhruv Sitwala in a biting 1200-1131.
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