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Advani storms into final of Asian Snooker Tour event

October 30, 2018 22:02 IST

Pankaj Advani

IMAGE: Pankaj Advani will take on China's Ju Reti in the final on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images for DAGOC

India's top cueist Pankaj Advani stormed into the final of the Asian Snooker Tour's second leg event after impressive wins in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the championship in Jinan on Tuesday.

Advani bettered his own performance by moving into the title round after settling for bronze last month in the first leg in Doha.


The quarter-final was poised to be a cracker as it was a clash of the finalists of last year's IBSF World Snooker Championship. Amir Sarkhosh of Iran, however, ended up on the wrong side of the 5-1 scoreline.

Advani was all guns blazing and raced to victory with the help of a 75 and an 80 break in the fourth and sixth frames respectively.

It was the semi-final that brought out Advani's best against the first leg winner Mohammed Bilal of Pakistan.

Advani started off in style with a 93 break but the Pakistani pulled one back to make it 1-1. From there, the multiple world champion Indian piled on many breaks to book a berth in the final.

Breaks of 58, 40 and 84 sealed the deal for Advani while Bilal had to settle for a bronze this time around.

In the gold medal match on Wednesday, Advani faces an experienced Chinese campaigner Ju Reti.


Semi-final: Pankaj Advani (India) beat Mohammed Bilal (Pakistan) 5-1: 93(93)-0, 5-56, 62(58)-1, 42(40)-34, 37-23, 85(84)-4.

Quarter-final: Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Amir Sarkhosh (Iran) 5-1: 53-18, 53-31, 15-60(47), 75(75)-0, 52-40, 80(80)-17.

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