Adjusting to the fast championship tables is one of the key areas for the six Indian wild cards to do well in the 300,000 pound sterling Indian Open Snooker Championship commencing here on March 10, said national champion Pankaj Advani today. "The tables for the Indian Open championship are very fast.
You have to use light cue touch. All of us wild cards have to get adjusted to these tables fast before our first qualifying game," said Advani during an interaction with reporters.
Advani, who made the semifinals in the first edition of the tournament in Delhi in 2013 before losing to compatriot Aditya Mehta, has the experience of playing on the professional snooker circuit for two years which, he hoped, should stand him in good stead. "Winning the first match will give us confidence of a good run in the tournament," said Advani.
"I will definitely try to use my two years' experience onthe pro circuit which should hold me in good stead," he said. The Bengaluru-based Advani has to win his qualifying match against up and coming Welshman Rhys Clark on the first day of the event to make it to the 64-player main draw.
"I have not played him before but he's a much-improved player now and has wins over some top professionals," said the 29-year-old Advani. Advani does not have any big expectations from the tournament though he's one of the most recognized faces in the country in the green baize game.
"I don't have any big expectations. All of us wild cards will be playing free of any pressure," he said. Dharmender Lily, Brijesh Damani, Sumeet Talwar, Niraj Kumar and Faisal Khan are the other wild card recipients who all need to win one match to enter the main draw.