Advani advances to quarters of World Snooker

Pankaj Advani is the sole men’s player remaining from India and will have to get the better of Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon to secure a medal at the Worlds.

Pankaj Advani is the defending champion at the World Snooker Championship.   -  Nagara Gopal

Fifteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani advanced to the quarterfinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship here.

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 and will have to get the better of Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon to secure a medal at the Worlds. The quarterfinal will take place later today.



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

Pre-quarterfinal: 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.