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===World Billiards: Kothari knocks Advani out===
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Defending world billiards champion in the long-up format, Sourav Kothari, on Thursday knocked out Pankaj Advani in the pre-quarterfinal of the World Championship here. In one of his most commanding performances, Kothari amassed huge breaks of 407, 295 and 170 in a display of relentless scoring to register a comfortable 1047-663 win over Advani in a match stretched to two hours and 30 minutes.

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2019

World Billiards

Advani enters final

September 14, 2019: The Times of India


India’s top cueist Pankaj Advani defeated England’s Mike Russell 5-2 to enter the final of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Mandalay, Myanmar. In a clash of the titans, the defending champion Indian prevailed over the multiple time world champion Briton in the semifinal match.

Pankaj Advani clinches 22nd world title

Pankaj Advani clinches his world title No. 22, September 16, 2019: The Times of India


Mandalay:

One of India’s most consistent sportspersons, Pankaj Advani, increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship here. The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014.

In the short format of billiards, this is Pankaj’s fifth title in the last six years. “It’s such a touch-and-go format and so unpredictable that winning this four years on the trot and five out of the last six is extremely special,” said the champion athlete.

In a repeat of last year’s final against local favourite Nay Thway Oo, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2. From the word go, Pankaj was in full flow. The gifted Indian was leading 3-0 at the halfway mark with the help of fluent breaks comprising of 145, 89 and 127, while Nay Thway Oo was yet to open his account.

After pulling one back with breaks of 63 and 62, Oo was forced to watch Pankaj continue to extend the lead. Pankaj executed with flair as his sheer brilliance was on display, wowing the Myanmar crowd as they couldn’t help but appreciate his brilliant billiards.

Pankaj secured the next two frames which included a 150 unfinished break. He scored a 74 break and shortly after that closed out the match.

Oo was completely subdued by his accomplished opponent and had to settle for a silver medal for the second time in a row. PTI

World Billiards: Kothari knocks Advani out

Defending world billiards champion in the long-up format, Sourav Kothari, on Thursday knocked out Pankaj Advani in the pre-quarterfinal of the World Championship here. In one of his most commanding performances, Kothari amassed huge breaks of 407, 295 and 170 in a display of relentless scoring to register a comfortable 1047-663 win over Advani in a match stretched to two hours and 30 minutes.

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