World Billiards: Pankaj confirms medal, faces Russell in semis

Pankaj secured the semifinal berth and a medal for India with the help of a 391 break, highest of the tournament so far, to beat Gilchrist 1000-791.

Pankaj Advani will face Englishman Mike Russell in the semifinals.   -  Nagara Gopal

Recently-crowned 17-time world champion Pankaj Advani overcame Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist in the quarterfinals of the long-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship 2017 here today.

Pankaj Advani secured the semifinal berth and a medal for India with the help of a 391 break, highest of the tournament so far, to beat Gilchrist 1000-791.

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The Indian ace’s opponent in tomorrow’s semis, Englishman Mike Russell, wrapped up proceedings in his Last-8 contest rapidly, overpowering his Myanmar opponent Aung Htay 1000-175.

Russell too had a big break of 344 to reach the required 1000-mark and advance to the next round.

In the other quarterfinals, Sourav Kothari battles it out with England’s Robert Hall while Dhruv Sitwala takes on Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar. The winner of these two matches go against each other in the second semifinal match tomorrow.

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