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Indian Queen of the Green

Vidya Pillai is one of the best Cue sports female player India has ever produced. Her consistency in the circuit since last fifteen years or so is remarkable. Very recently she reached the Finals of WLBSA World Women's Snooker Championship in 2017 and won the Silver medal losing to Hongkong’s Ng On Yee in a very close encounter by 6-5. Ng On Yee is now three time champion and two time runner’s up in the World Championship.

Vidya was born on 26 November 1978 in Trichy & grew up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu In 2011, after her wedding to Bangalore based architect MC Tilakraj she moved to Bangalore, Karnataka  and is currently a domicile of the state. In recognition of her achievements, the Government of Karnataka has bestowed her with the prestigious award Ekalavya award in 2016 for outstanding performance in Sports. She has won several International medals for India and recently in 2013 won the Gold medal in the IBSF World Team Snooker Championship, Gold in the IBSF Australian Women’s Ranking Snooker Championship in 2016 and was the first Indian woman to reach the finals of the WLBSA World Women's Snooker Championship in 2017 and won the Silver medal as well. She is also a 9-time winner of the National Championship Title. She is acclaimed to be the best Woman Snooker player in India.

Vidya Pillai made her first international appearance at the 2007 IBSF World Snooker (Ladies) Championship and lost in the quarter-finals Ever since, she has won a Gold medal in the IBSF World Team Snooker Championship in 2013, Gold in the IBSF Australian Women’s Ranking Snooker Championship in 2016, Gold in the IBSF Australian Open Women’s Snooker Championship in 2010, Two Silver medals in the IBSF World 6 Reds Snooker Championship Women in 2015 and 2016, one Silver in the IBSF World Team Snooker Championship in 2016, two Bronze medals IBSF World Snooker Championship in 2010 and 2012, one Bronze in the IBSF World Team Snooker Championship in 2014 and one Bronze at the WLBSA World Billiards Championship in 2008. She has also won a Silver medal at the Asian Billiard Sport Championship held at Doha in 2016. Most recently, finished with a Silver medal in the WLBSA World Women's Snooker Championship in 2017.

She is a nine-time Women’s National Snooker Champion, her latest victory coming at the Indian National Snooker Championship in Indore in 2016. She has finished runner-up in three different editions of the tournament in 2006, 2009 and 2015. She also won the Indian National 6-Red Snooker Championship in 2013 & the Indian National 9-Ball Pool Championship in 2005.

Her total list of medals till 25.03.207 is as follows:-

2017

  • Silver - WLBSA World Women's Snooker Championship at Singapore

2016

  • Gold - IBSF Australian Women’s Ranking Snooker Championship at Sydney, Australia
  • Silver - IBSF World 6 Reds Snooker Championship Women at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
  • Silver - IBSF World Team Snooker Championship at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
  • Silver - Asian Billiard Sports Championship at Al Fujairah, UAE
  • Gold - Indian National Snooker Championship at Indore
  • Silver - Indian National 6-Red Snooker Championship at Kolkata

2015

  • Silver - IBSF 6 Reds snooker Championship Women at Karachi, Pakistan
  • Bronze - IBSF Australian Open Women’s Snooker Championship

2014

  • IBSF World Team Snooker Championship at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt- Bronze
  • Australian Open Women’s Snooker Championship at Sydney- Bronze
  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Lucknow- Gold

2013

  • IBSF World Team Snooker Championship at Carlow, Ireland- Gold
  • Indian National 6-Red Snooker Championship at Lucknow- Gold
  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Gwalior- Gold

2012

  • IBSF World Snooker Championship at Sofia, Bulgaria- Bronze
  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Chennai- Gold

2010

  • IBSF World Snooker Championship at Damascus, Syria- Bronze
  • Australian Open Women’s Snooker Championship at Sydney- Gold
  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Pune- Gold
  • Indian National 6-Red Snooker Championship at Bangalore- Silver
  • Indian National 8-Ball Pool Championship at Delhi- Silver

2009

  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Agra- Silver

2008

  • WLBSA World Billiards Championship at Cambridge, England- Bronze
  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Indore- Gold
  • Indian National 8-Ball Pool Championship at Kolkata - Gold

2007

  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Hyderabad- Gold
  • Indian National 8-Ball Pool Championship at Mumbai- Silver

2006

  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Chennai- Silver

2005

  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Mumbai- Gold
  • Indian National 9-Ball Pool Championship at Mumbai- Gold
  • Indian National 8-Ball Pool Championship at Jalandhar- Gold

2003

  • Indian National Snooker Championship at Jammu- Gold

Written By : Ravindra Kumar Gupta