Pankaj Advani Enters Semis of World Snooker, Assures India Medal

Updated: 28 November 2016 21:49 IST

Pankaj Advani defeated Thailand's Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-5 in an exciting quarterfinal duel to guarantee India a medal in the men's tournament.

Pankaj Advani Enters Semis of World Snooker, Assures India Medal
entered the semifinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship to assure India a medal © NDTV

Doha:

Fifteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani on Monday entered the semifinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship to assure India a medal here. Advani defeated Thailand's Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-5 in an exciting quarterfinal duel to guarantee India a medal in the men's tournament.

Early on, the Indian ace was in complete control of the proceedings taking a 5-3 lead in the the best of 11 match. With Advani needing just one more frame to seal the affair, the Thai made a strong comeback with some fine potting. Tirapongpaiboon put Advani under tremendous pressure by winning the next two frames and taking the game into the decider. The final frame witnessed a neck-and-neck fight and eventually it all came down to the last black ball and Advani kept his cool to enter the semifinals.

Advani will now face Andrew Pagett of Wales in the semifinal.

Earlier defending his 2015 title, Advani stayed on course with identical victories in the last-32 and pre-quarterfinal matches. The ace cueist overcame Pakistan's Babar Masih and then Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia with 5-3 scorelines. The last-16 tie against the Malaysian included a stunning 126 break by Advani.

Advani is the sole men's player remaining from India. Results: Last 32: Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Babar Masih (Pakistan) 5-3 68-22, 51-72, 67(54)-74, 95-19, 7-113(68), 83-1, 75(61)-17, 84-19

Prequarterfinal: Pankaj Advani beat Keen Hoo Moh (Malaysia) 5-3 13-63, 100(68)-20, 133(126)-7, 34-72, 44-76, 83-20, 49-45, 70-43.

Quarterfinal: Pankaj Advani beat Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-5 6-5: 65-35, 64(54)-75(53), 5-113(109), 75-0, 120(89)-15, 76(68)-20, 61(42)-64(45), 98(97)-0, 49(41)-74(74), 0-120(120), 56-45.

Topics : Other Sports
Highlights
  • Advani defeated Thailand's Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-5 in quarter-final
  • India is assured of a medal
  • Advani is a fifteen-time world champion
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