Asian 10-red snooker: Advani pips Aditya in thrilling finish

Advani, the only Indian left in the fray, faces Myanmar’s Aung Phyo in the semifinal.

“It was a tense and exciting match. Up 3-1, I should have finished it off but I took my foot off the pedal a bit,” Advani said.   -  SUDHAKARA JAIN

Pankaj Advani prevailed over Aditya Mehta 86-5, 27-65, 94-0, 84-0, 10-48, 21-56, 56-1, 4-61, 50-13 in a close ACBS Asian 10-red snooker tour third leg quarterfinal at the KSBA here on Wednesday.

Riding on breaks of 55, 76 and 84, Advani surged to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-nine frame encounter. Aditya then rallied to make it 4-4, setting the stage for a thrilling finish.

The reds went out of play early in the decider, forcing both players to play it safe. The dangerous pots were shelved, and a defensive battle ensued. Aditya was the first to blink, making a potting error on a red. Advani capitalised with a few mini-breaks to seal his spot in the semifinal.

Exciting

“It was a tense and exciting match. Up 3-1, I should have finished it off but I took my foot off the pedal a bit,” Advani said.

Advani, the only Indian left in the fray, faces Myanmar’s Aung Phyo in the semifinal. Phyo, who made a terrific 103-break in the group stage, is expected to pose a stiff challenge.

Former professional Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon of Thailand cruised past Qatar’s Ali Alobaidli in their last-eight clash, while Ehsan Heydari edged out Pongsakorn Chongjairak.

The results (quarterfinals):

Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (Tha) bt Ali Alobaidli (Qat) 78-12, 64-15, 108-04, 7-54, 63-18, 67-14; Ehsan Heydari (Irn) bt Pongsakorn Chongjairak (Tha) 13-50, 52-40, 59-0, 19-49, 51-1, 38-4, 31-43, 0-72 (68), 62-16; Aung Phyo (Myn) bt Fung Kwok Wai (HK) 50-42, 64-27, 57-21, 14-57, 62-17, 45-8; Pankaj Advani (Ind) bt Aditya Mehta (Ind) 86-5, 27-60, 94-0, 84-0, 10-48, 21-56, 56-1, 4-61 (51), 50-13.