In the best-of-seven frames, the Indian first beat Martin O’Donnell 4-0. Pankaj beat England’s Ian Burns 4-1 in Round Four.
The 27-year-old thereafter stunned former World No 1 John Higgins of Scotland 4-1. Higgins took Frame One before Advani made it 1-1.
In a close third frame, Higgins scored a 66 break. But with only 67 points on the table, Advani stole the show for a 2-1 lead. Advani then registered breaks of 60 and 50 in the fourth and fifth frames respectively.