India’s six-time world billiards champion Pankaj Advani lifted the ONGC Asian Billiards title here yesterday. In the final, the Indian cueist defeated Thawat Sujaritthurakarn of Thailand 6-3 to clinch his fifth Asian crown.
He started the proceedings on a positive note by notching up the first game, but the Thai player took control of the match thereafter at the Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias Miramar by snapping up the second and third games to go up 2-1.
Playing the ‘white in-off’ method, Thawat kept Advani away from the table initially. Trailing 1-2, Advani was under pressure, but he managed pull off his best and stroked the balls nicely to compile an unbeaten century break to win the fourth game and restore parity at 2-2.
The 26-year-old Indian again got a break of 73 to win the fifth game leaving Thawat stranded at 0. Then it was Advani all the way. He went on scoring at will and recorded another century break to pocket the sixth game too. In the face of Advani’s aggression, Thawat failed to put up a semblance of a fight in the seventh game.
Trying to score a cannon, Advani got a yellow pot instead. He then notched up a break of 98 and stretch the lead to 5-2. Thawat, on the other hand, also fought back with a century break to pull one game back and make it 3-5, but that was all.Advani then stamped his authority on the one-sided affair with another superb century break in the ninth game to win the match and championship in style.
Final tally: (English Billiards) (101(101)-28, 00-100 (100), 28-100, 100 (100)-00, 101 (73)-00, 100 (100)-00, 100 (98)-00, 11-100 (100), 101 (101)-00.