India's Pankaj Advani becomes first cueist to win World and Continental titles in 6-Red snooker during the same year; Bangalore man beats Malaysia's Moh
India's ace cueist Pankaj Advani created history in Abu Dhabi by clinching the Asian 6-Red Snooker title.
Advani thus became the first in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time, according to information received here.
The double IBSF World Six-Red Snooker Champion stamped his authority again in the short format of the game, defeating top seeded Malaysian Keen Hoh Moh 7-5 on Sunday night.
Commenting on his win, an ecstatic Advani, who won his first title of the year, said: “It's my first individual Asian snooker championship, so the feeling is unreal. Having missed out on the 15-red Asian snooker title last month made this a mission for me to accomplish.
“Winning it the same year as my world title in the Six Red sends me over the moon.” Advani will now spearhead the Indian challenge in the team event with Aditya Mehta, Manan Chandra and Kamal Chawla.
Mehta loses in semis
Advani won the final in a battle of fluctuating fortunes by keeping his nerves intact. With a confidence boosting 6-1 semi-final victory against compatriot Aditya Mehta to book his spot in the finals and coming closer to winning his first continental title, Advani clearly walked to the table with the utmost poise winning the first frame 39-4.