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Telangana's first woman cueist promises good show at world meet

Wed, Sep 23, 2015, 05:15 PM
Hyderabad, Sep 23: Aware of the competition she faces at the global level, Telangana's first woman cueist Thakur Aakanksha Singh is confident of putting up a good show at the World Billiards Championship, beginning in Adelaide from Friday.

The 27-year-old is excited to be representing India at the world championship. "I am very elated. It's a big honour to carry the country's name forward. More than being happy, it's a responsibility on my shoulders," Aakanksha, the first woman cueist from Telangana to feature in the competition, told IANS before leaving for Australia.

"As far as the game is concerned, I have to keep this aside and just focus on the game to play well and give my 100 percent," said the girl, for whom this is the first major international tournament abroad.

One of the four Indian women players who will be in action, Aakanksha is fully aware of the competition she faces at the global level.

The last major international tournament where she represented India was the World under-21 snooker championship in Goa in 2007. "That was more of a learning experience for me," said Aakanksha, who returned to billiards after a six-year hiatus. She was No.4 in India in 2008 when she quit the game to complete her post-graduation in dentistry.

She was all praise for M. Srinivas Rao, her coach since 2005. It was a physician Khizer Raouf who introduced her to the game. Khizer was a student of her father T. Amar Singh, also a physician.
Agency: IANS

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