Asian Billiards Championship: Pankaj Advani on course to defending title after breezing into final

Multiple-time World and Asian champion Pankaj Advani stayed on course to defend his title as he sailed into the finals of the 17th Asian Billiards Championship in Yangon on Friday.

PTI March 24, 2018 15:07:31 IST
Asian Billiards Championship: Pankaj Advani on course to defending title after breezing into final

Yangon: Multiple-time World and Asian champion Pankaj Advani stayed on course to defend his title as he sailed into the finals of the 17th Asian Billiards Championship in Yangon on Friday.

Advani produced superlative performances in the quarter-final and semi-final stages as he outclassed local favourite Aung Htay 5-1 and then defeated compatriot Dhvaj Haria 5-1 to reach the final.

The last eight match consisted of the one-hundred breaks, a 91 and an 86 as Advani entered the semi-final to confirm India a medal. Htay scored a century in the solitary frame he won.

Asian Billiards Championship Pankaj Advani on course to defending title after breezing into final

File image of India's Pankaj Advani. Reuters

In the evening session, it was a repeat of this year's Indian National Billiards final with Advani taking on Gujarat's Dhvaj, who overcame Singapore's Peter Gilchrist with a 5-0 triumph.

The domestic final was a 5-0 win for Pankaj and the semi-final of this Asian event was almost the same barring the one frame that Dhvaj managed to gain.

In the one-sided tie, Dhvaj had breaks of 50 and 80, while Pankaj had runs of 59, 66, 99 and 100 to close out the match 5-1.

In what is going to be an all-Indian final, Pankaj awaits the winner of B Bhaskar and Rupesh Shah in the other semi-final.

In the ladies snooker event, Keerath Bhandaal ended her Asian campaign with a bronze after going down 0-3 to Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan of Thailand.

In the other semi-final, India's only hope Amee Kamani will battle it out with Ka Ka Wan of Hong Kong for a place in the final.

Results: Semi-final: Pankaj Advani defeated Dhvaj Haria 5-1: 100-72, 0-100, 100-30, 100-2, 100-6, 100-0. Quarter-final: Pankaj Advani beat Aung Htay 5-1: 100-67, 100-0, 0-100, 102-0, 104-41, 100-2. Dhvaj Haria defeated Peter Gilchrist 5-0: 101-11, 100-65, 100-14, 102-24, 102-28. B. Bhaskar beat Nay Thway Oo 5-2: 101-17, 101-50, 42-101, 100-10, 101-12, 87-100, 100-2. Rupesh Shah beat Thawat Sujaritthurakarn 5-4: 84-102, 87-104, 101-91, 35-101, 101-89, 101-11, 88-100, 101-29, 100-35.

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