Pankaj Advani retains Asian Billiards title in dominant fashion
Pankaj Advani, the Indian cue sports champion, has retained his Asian Billiards title in the 100-up format after defeating his compatriot Brijesh Damani 5-1 in the final held at Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation (QBSF) Academy. Advani, who has won the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) world championship 25 times, won the match with a scoreline of 100(51)-18, 100(88)-9, 86(54)-101(75), 100-26, 100(66)-2, 101(64)-59.
Bai Yulu claims victory in women’s section as Advani secures eighth Asian Billiards title
In the women’s category, Bai Yulu of China defeated Panchaya Channoi from Thailand 3-0 in the final. This is Advani’s eighth Asian Billiards title, and he has previously received the Arjuna Award in 2004, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2006, Padma Shri in 2009, and Padma Bhushan in 2018. He had won the same title in Doha last year.
Advani’s dominant performance secures 8th Asian Billiards title and adds to his impressive list of achievements
Despite losing to Damani in the group stage earlier in the championship, Advani showed great form in the finals and won the first two games comfortably. He also scored half-century breaks in each of the six frames, including a century break in the fourth. Damani, who beat Shrikrishna Suryanarayanan 5-4 in the last-four stage, scored a break of 75 in the third frame but eventually had to settle for the silver medal, losing 1-5.
Advani, who hails from Bengaluru and is 37 years old, has won the billiards world title 17 times, the IBSF World Billiards Championship 16 times, and the World Team Billiards Championship once. He has also won gold medals in English Billiards singles at the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games.
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