Proud Moment for India: Vidya Pillai wins silver at Women’s World Snooker

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It was a roar in Singapore, when an Indian cueist Vidya Pillai won a silver medal at the Women World Snooker Championship. India’s Vidya Pillai gave an energetic performance before settling for silver in the Championship.

After gaining an early lead in the match, Vidya, an eight-time women’s national snooker champion, lost the finals to Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, a former world champion. She had previously been a gold medalist at the IBSF World Team Snooker Championship in 2013.

After winning the semifinals, Vidya was all set to clinch the gold with a lead of 4-2 but unfortunately a couple of unforced errors gave the hold to Hong Kong’s best bet, Ng On Yee, who won the next three frames in a row to take 5-4 lead. Despite such tensioned situation, Vidya managed to win another frame to set decider.

Soon after scoring 22 points in decider, Vidya inexorably gave a chance to Ng On Yee, which she grasped and converted into a break of 36 to take lead of 42-22. With 67 remaining on board, Vidya had a magnificent comeback but fell short by four points with score on board as 54-50 in favor of Ng On Yee, which she later transformed into her victory by potting the required pink.

With that Vidya brought home silver, securing the first international medal for India in 2017.

Enroute to the final, Vidya cleared all league matches and later knocked out former European Champion, Tatjana Vasiljeva of Latvia 4-1 (last 16), Katrina Wan of Hong Kong 4-1 (quarterfinal) and Rebecca Grenger of England 5-1 (semifinal).