Pankaj Advani Wins World Billiards Title


TNI Bureau: India’s Pankaj Advani won his seventh World Billiards title Billiards Championship title after comprehensively beating defending champion Mike Russell in the final at Leeds in UK on Sunday night.

The ace cueist stamped his dominance with a 1895-1216 win over the local favourite.

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Leading at the halfway mark in the five-hour match, Advani displayed greater consistency than Russell to repeat his 2009 victory against Russel in the same venue.

Pankaj has been in stupendous from the day one of the tournament and remained unbeaten till the title clash. Presently, he is the only active player to compete at the highest level in both Billiards and Snooker. However, he made the tough choice of picking the World Billiards Championship over International Snooker Championships due to a clash in the dates of the two tournaments.

In fine, Advani’s triumph completed a fine outing for the Indians as on Saturday; Rupesh Shah won the title in the 150-up points format defeating Australia’s Matthew Bolton 6-2 in the final.

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