Snooker championship: India assured of a medal as Pankaj Advani enters semis
India's fifteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani yesterday entered the semifinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship to assure India a medal, here
Doha: India's fifteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani yesterday entered the semifinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship to assure India a medal, here.
Advani defeated Thailand's Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-5 in an exciting quarterfinal duel to guarantee India a medal in the men's tournament.
Early on, the Indian ace was in complete control of the proceedings taking a 5-3 lead in the the best of 11 match. With Advani needing just one more frame to seal the affair, the Thai made a strong comeback with some fine potting.
Tirapongpaiboon put Advani under tremendous pressure by winning the next two frames and taking the game into the decider.
The final frame witnessed a neck-and-neck fight and eventually it all came down to the last black ball and Advani kept his cool to enter the semi-finals. Advani will now face Andrew Pagett of Wales in the semi-final.
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