Asian Billiards: Advani to face Balachandra in Quarters

Advani saw off Kurniawan 102-53, 100-6, 101-33, 102-14 with scoring breaks of 65, 89, 75, 53 in his four winning frames in the last match of the group stage. With this win, he ended on top of Group B.

Pankaj Advani defeated Jaka Kurniawan to finish on top of Group B. (File photo).   -  M. Moorthy

Fifteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani continued his consistent run, defeating Indonesia’s Jaka Kurniawan 4-0 to sail into the knockout round of the 15th Asian Billiards Championship here today.

Advani saw off Kurniawan 102-53, 100-6, 101-33, 102-14 with scoring breaks of 65, 89, 75, 53 in his four winning frames in the last match of the group stage. With this win, he ended on top of Group B.

With a bye in the round of the last 16, Pankaj will face Indian compatriot and sparring partner, Bhaskar Balachandra in the quarterfinal.

Having won all his matches in the group stage with perfect scores Pankaj hopes to carry on that winning momentum through to the final stages.

Pankaj said: “While it’s great to go into the knock-out stages without losing a Single frame, experiences prepare me enough to know that the wins start to count now.

“The competition truly intensifies now with everyone in the knock-out stages having themselves had some strong starts.

I will work towards focusing on the game and hopefully continue on this score sheet that I created in the start.”

The winner of the quarter-final between Bhaskar and Pankaj tomorrow will meet the winner of the quarterfinal between Praprut Chaitanasakun and Peter Gilchrist – both World Title holders in Billiards – in the semifinals.