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Pankaj Advani, Bhaskar in World Billiards semis

Leeds: On a day of mixed fortunes for Indian cueists, Pankaj Advani and Balachandra Bhaskar were the ones left smiling as they entered the World Billiards Championship (time format) semi-finals, here yesterday.

Pankaj Advani
Pankaj Advani 

If it was another clinical performance by India's poster boy of cue sports Advani, who outplayed compatriot Rupesh Shah in the quarter-final, then Bhaskar stunned the much-fancied Peter Gilchrist in the last-eight clash.

Advani, who has already won the 150-up points format title, looked unstoppable in the longer format as well after the Bangalore cueist had a barrage of big breaks against Shah before pocketing the match 916-665.

But it was another Bangalore cueist, Bhaskar, who hogged the limelight after dispatching top Singapore cueist Gilchrist 797-561.

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