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Asian Snooker Championship: Pankaj Advani storms into grand finale post thrashing Pakistan's Mohammad Bilal in semis

Pankaj Advani Sealed A Berth Into The Final Of Asian Snooker Championship After Defeating Mohammad Bilal Of Pakistan 5-0 In A Thoroughly One- Sided Encounter.

PTI | Updated on: 28 Apr 2017, 01:19:27 PM
Pankaj Advani - File Photo

New Delhi:

Sixteen-time World Champion Pankaj Advani sealed a berth into the final of Asian Snooker Championship after defeating Mohammad Bilal of Pakistan 5-0 in a thoroughly one- sided encounter.

Advani will meet second seed Lv Haotian of China, who beat Mohamed Shehab of UAE 5-3 in the other semi-final. The clean sweep in the semi-final puts Advani just a win away from completing a career Grand Slam in cue sport.

Having won all the major events - Nationals, Asian and World Championships in both Billiards and Snooker and in both the long and short formats, this is the one title (15-red Asian Snooker) that has eluded Advani.

A victory will make Advani only player in history to win all Majors in two sports at all levels and across all formats.

Advani will also become the first player to win both Asian titles in Billiards and Snooker in the same calender year. Many records await the 31-year old champion and they all hinge on the final of this championship.

In the semi-final, Advani was trailing in the first frame but after a chance was gifted by his Pakistani opponent, the top seed capitalised and grabbed the frame to draw first blood.

From there, it was a one-sided affair as Advani grew from strength to strength, winning the next four frames rather comfortably to confirm his berth in the final. 

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First Published : 28 Apr 2017, 01:16:00 PM