Leeds: India's Pankaj Advani won his seventh World billiards title when he outclassed defending champion Mike Russell 1,895-1,216 in the final on Sunday.
Leading 872-614 at the half-way mark in the five-hour match, the 27-year old Advani displayed greater consistency than Russell to repeat his 2009 victory against the 43-year-old Qatar-based Englishman, winner of 10 titles himself.
Advani's triumph completed a fine outing for the Indians as on Saturday, Rupesh Shah won the title in the 150-up points format defeating Australia's Matthew Bolton 6-2 in the final.
Advani thus justified his rather controversial decision to skip a professional snooker event in China that began Sunday for which he had qualified while opting to play in the World billiards championship....more
11:43 PM, Oct 28, 2012
Leeds: Seven-time world champion Pankaj Advani, veteran Geet Sethi and Dhruv Sitwala continued their unbeaten run in the Time Format after outplaying their rivals in the World Billiards Championships here Sunday. Advani whipped John Hartley of England 630-294, Sethi routed another Englishman Nalin Patel 522-268 and Sitwala virtually toyed with Australia's Neil Bolton in a 572-156 win. Another star Indian cueist in the fray, Sourav Kothari from Kolkata also began...
07:43 PM, Oct 21, 2012
Leeds: World billiards finalist Dhruv Sitwala and former champion Geet Sethi alongwith Pankaj Advani were off to roaring starts as the trio outplayed their respective rivals by huge margins on the opening day of the World Billiards Championships here. Sitwala thrashed Ryan Mears 702-134, Advani routed Martin Schmdt 874-147 while Geet Sethi virtually toyed with Jonathan Evans 687-168 Friday. However, another India stalwart Devendra Joshi lost the opening tie narrowly...
08:17 PM, Oct 20, 2012