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Pankaj Advani wins inaugural Asian Snooker Tour

April 25, 2019 22:16 IST

Pankaj Advani

IMAGE: Another feather in the cap for India's 21-time World billiards and snooker champion. Photograph: Akhtar Soomr/Reuters

Pankaj Advani defeated Ehsan Heydari Nezhad of Iran 6-4 in the final to win the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title, in Bengaluru, on Thursday.

India's ace cueist and 21-time World billiards and snooker champion won 52-40, 66(58)-0, 1-63(62), 78-4, 35-47, 0-51, 47-35, 38-39, 53(49)-35, 51(50)-20.

 

The Indian had earlier defeated Aung Phyo of Myanmar (5-2) 50-27, 92(92)-0, 86(86)-15, 12-62, 54-30, 24-70, 79-5 in the semi-finals.

Before this title, Advani won the second leg of the Tour in China.

Advani was leading the rankings before the final leg of the Tour in Bengaluru.

The final leg was to determine the overall Asian Tour champion and the local hero did not disappoint.

"I'm ecstatic to have won the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour and for it to culminate in my hometown is an absolute dream. The success of this event is owed to the organising committee, headed by Arvind Savur, and who was ably supported by those involved in ensuring every aspect of the tournament was managed extremely well," Advani said.

"Ehsan (Nezhad) got my number in the league stages and I knew I had my work cut out in the final. He is a worthy opponent who is one of the most improved players on the circuit. I'm happy to have changed the result in this match when it mattered most."

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