Tamil Nadu's Jagan Williams rallied from a two-frame deficit to defeat Balaji Reddy of Karnataka 3-2 in a crucial Group C qualifying clash of the Justice Sivasubramaniam memorial all-India invitation snooker tournament, here on Thursday.
In Group J, National champion M. Chitra of Karnataka, the lone woman contestant in the tournament, outplayed Murali of Tamil Nadu 3-0.
The results: Qualifying league: Group A: Shankar Rao (AP) bt Ashik (TN) 3-0; Shankar Rao bt Rajan (TN) 3-0; Rajan bt Ashik 3-1. Group B: K. Srinivasan (AP) bt Shammim (TN) 3-0. Group C: Jagan Williams (TN) bt Balaji Reddy (Kar) 3-2; Balaji Reddy bt Murugan (TN) 3-0; Balaji Reddy bt Manish (TN) 3-0. Group D: Edward Kennedy (TN) bt Karthik (TN) 3-1. Group E: Khizar Raoof (AP) bt Velumani (TN) 3-2; Khizar Raoof bt Sakthi (TN) 3-0; Prabhu (TN) bt Shakti 3-2. Group F: Vishwa (TN) bt Rajaraman (TN) 3-2. Group G: Wasim (RSPB) bt Swarna Raj (TN) 3-0. Group I: Prathiban (TN) bt N. Srinivasan (TN) 3-1; Hari Herren (TN) bt K. Srinivasan 3-1. Group J: M. Chitra (Kar) bt Murali (TN) 3-0. Group L: Kaja (TN) bt Aravind Kumar (AP) 3-1; Aravind Kumar bt Thirumurugan (TN) 3-0; Thirumurugan bt Kamal (TN) 3-0.