SNOOKER

  • Cueists peak between 25-35 years of age: Pankaj Advani December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Hailing China's 14-year-old sensation Yan Bingtao for his World Snooker title triumph, Indian ace Pankaj Advani said the youngster is extremely mature for his age but insisted that cueists peak only after crossing 25. "As time goes on, the younger guys start on earlier and they grasp the game...
  • World Snooker: Yan Bingtao pots World title November 29, 2014

    Bengaluru: Yan Bingtao, the 14-year-old prodigy from China, created history by becoming the youngest player to win the men's title in the IBSF World Snooker Championship after he overcame Pakistani's Muhammad Sajjad 8-7 in a cliff-hanger final on Saturday. In a match that kept the result in suspense, both Bingtao and...
  • World Snooker: Muhammad Sajjad, Yan Bingtao in title round November 28, 2014

    Bengaluru: Pakistan's Muhammad Sajjad, until now unsung and unheralded, dished out a master class to outplay a precocious Zhao Xintong of China 7-3, aided by two superb century breaks, en route to the men's final in the Seaways-IBSF World Snooker Championship on Friday. In the best-of-15 frames final on Saturday, Sajjad,...
  • Chinese prodigy knocks out Pankaj Advani in World Snooker November 28, 2014

    Bengaluru: China's 14-year-old Yan Bingtao broke Indian hearts by defeating title favourite Pankaj Advani 6-4 to storm into the men's semi-finals at the IBSF World Snooker Championships on Friday. In a manner of speaking, the 29-year-old Advani, who came into the tournament as holder of 12 World titles and a hot...
  • Pankaj Advani enters World Snooker quarters November 27, 2014

    Maintaining his winning streak, Indian ace Pankaj Advani stormed into the quarterfinals of the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship at Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Thursday. Advani decimated England's Ryan Causton 5-0. One of the tournament favourites, the Bengaluru cueist finished the match in an hour and 35 minutes. The 12-time world champion...
  • World Snooker Championships: Pankaj Advani advances, Kamal Chawla exits November 26, 2014

    Bengaluru: Star Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra on Wednesday stormed into the last-32 stage as Kamal Chawla crashed out of the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championships at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. The 2003 world champion Advani overpowered young Tomasz Skalski 4-2, but not before he faced the threat...
  • Pankaj Advani maintains winning run as more Indians enter knockouts of World Snooker November 26, 2014

    Bengaluru: Indian ace Pankaj Advani on Tuesday maintained his unbeaten run in the ongoing Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship at Kanteerava Stadium, here on Tuesday as more Indian cueists advanced to the knockout stages. Advani, who is already in the knockouts, cruised to a 4-0 win over Mike Toth from Switzerland,...
  • World Snooker: Lucky Vatnani cracks 133 on way to knockout November 25, 2014

    Bengaluru: Hyderabadi Lucky Vatnani posted the tournament's highest break of 133 to qualify for the men's Round of 64 in great style in the IBSF World Snooker championship on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Vatnani, a dangerous floater who earlier in the tournament stretched Pankaj Advani, was at his fluent best while routing...
  • Indians fill up knockout berths in World Snooker November 24, 2014

    Bengaluru: Amidst a hectic scramble for knockout berths at the IBSF World Snooker Championship, Denise Santos from the Philippines came up with a break of 91, the highest in the women's competition so far, as she beat Russia's Irina Gorbataya 3-0 on Monday. The victory helped Santos to remain in contention...
  • Pankaj Advani, Kamal Chawla in world snooker knockouts November 22, 2014

    Bengaluru: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani and compatriot Kamal Chawla on Saturday stormed into the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship knockout stage, continuing their unbeaten streak in the event on Saturday. The Indian women cueists also added to the Indian celebrations when Chitra Magimairajan and young Amee Kamani also qualified for...
  • Chitra, Amee make it to the knockouts of World Snooker Championship November 22, 2014

    Bangalore: Chitra Magimairajan and young Amee Kamani on Saturday qualified for the knock-out stage of the Seaways-IBSF World Snooker Championship after recording convincing victories over their respective rivals, here. Bengaluru-based veteran Magimairajan brushed aside compatriot Meenal Thakur 3-1 for her fourth win while 22-year old Kamani from Mumbai chalked up her...
  • Pankaj Advani, Kamal Chawla inch closer to World Snooker knockouts November 21, 2014

    Bengaluru: Indian cue stars Pankaj Advani and Kamal Chawla on Friday moved closer to the knockout stage after registering their third straight win against their respective opponents on Day 3 of the IBSF World Snooker Championship at Sree Kanteerava Stadium. After getting into the groove post his second win on Friday,...
  • Pankaj Advani and co impress in World Snooker Championship November 20, 2014

    Bengaluru: Top Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and Kamal Chawla registered routine wins to give the home fans enough smiles on the second day of the IBSF World Snooker Championship here on Thursday. Smarting from having given away two frames in his 4-2 win on Wednesday, Advani did not take his foot...
  • Pankaj Advani, Vidya Pillai advance in World Snooker November 19, 2014

    Bangalore: Indian hopes Pankaj Advani and Vidya Pillai won their respective opening league matches as the Seaways-IBSF World Snooker Championship commenced here Wednesday. Advani, holder of 12 World titles, was kept at the table for longer than expected before he pulled through 4-2 against Malaysia's Keen Hoo Moh while national champion...
  • Expectations high on Indians at World Snooker Championship November 18, 2014

    Bengaluru: Flush with success this year, Indian cueists, led by Pankaj Advani, were brimming with confidence on the eve of the Seaways-IBSF World Snooker Championship commencing at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. It is the fifth time that India is hosting the World Championship, having previously conducted the event...
  • Psychology plays a great part in modern sport: Pankaj Advani October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: He has made winning 12 world titles look like a stroll in the park but India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani says it is not easy to deal with the anxiety and stress, crediting his elder brother Shree for helping him handle pressure. "Shree (a celebrity sports...
  • Snooker, billiards should be part of CWG, Asian Games: Pankaj Advani July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Fresh from his recent World 6Reds Snooker Championship triumph, ace cueist Pankaj Advani feels the time is right to make a push for billiards and snooker to be included in the Commonwealth and Asian Games. "I think in both billiards and snooker we have been doing well in the...
  • Pankaj Advani registers historic title win in Egypt June 29, 2014

    Sharm elSheikh: Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Sunday created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker by pocketing the IBSF World 6Red snooker Championship, here. Advani, India's poster boy of cue sports, defeated Kacper...
  • Indian cueist Chitra Magimairaj nominated for Arjuna award May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Reigning World Women's Senior Snooker champion Chitra Magimairaj has been nominated for this year's Arjuna award along with contemporary Vidya Pillai and upcoming snooker star Brijesh Damani, the Billiards and Snooker Association of India (BSFI) confirmed on Wednesday. Bangalorebased Chitra, 41, has bagged three gold, three silver and three...
  • India unlikely to produce pro snooker champion soon: Advani May 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Ace cueist Pankaj Advani does not see an Indian player winning at the world professional snooker circuit in the near future even though he and compatriot Aditya Mehta are currently ranked in top 64. "It is a good sign (with two players in top 64). It is still a long...
  • Mark Selby stuns Ronnie O'Sullivan to pocket World Snooker title May 6, 2014

    Sheffield: English pro Mark Selby played the match of his career to stun defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and pocket his maiden World Snooker Championship title here on Tuesday. The Leicesterbased cueist, who trailed 710 overnight, triumphed 1814 on a dramatic final day at the Crucible to become the new World No.1. Getting...
  • Kamal Chawla settles for bronze in Asian Snooker Championship May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian cueist Kamal Chawla settled for a bronze medal after losing his semifinal match to Chuan Leong Thor of Malaysia in the Asian Snooker Championship being held in Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. Chawla struggled against his Malaysian opponent and lost 26 in the semifinals, after a...
  • Kamal Chawla enters Asian Snooker Championship semis May 2, 2014

    Indian cueist Kamal Chawla continued his sizzling form on the green baize to book a semifinal berth in the Asian Snooker Championship being held in Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. On a super Friday, Chawla cued past Chen Zifan of China 42 in the prequarters and then outplayed Malaysian...
  • Snooker needs to move out of UK for Asians: Pankaj Advani April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Back in India after a challenging snooker season, India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani feels the game has to move out of the United Kingdom for Asian players to thrive and compete on a level playing field. "I think the sport needs to move out of the...
  • Chitra Magimairaj wins World Women's Senior snooker title on historic debut April 22, 2014

    Leeds: Overcoming her early exit in the World Snooker Championships in the WLBSA event, Chitra Magimairaj showed tremendous grit and determination to pocket the Senior snooker title in her first appearance on Tuesday. The Bangalore cueist won all her four matches without dropping a single set against accomplished snooker players from...
  • Cueist Pankaj Advani goes down to Robbie Williams April 14, 2014

    Sheffield: Indian champion Pankaj Advani blew a 7-4 lead to lose 7-10 against Robbie Williams in the final qualifying round of the World Professional Snooker Championship. Williams won six frames on the trot to deny victory to the 28-year-old Bangalorean, who thus joined compatriot Aditya Mehta on the sidelines on Sunday....
  • Aditya Mehta bows out of World Snooker qualifiers April 13, 2014

    Sheffield: Aditya Mehta's dream run came to an end at the World Snooker qualifying rounds following a 5-10 defeat against Jamie Jones. Mehta struggled for form as he could not produce even a single break. He was level 3-3 with his opponent but eventually lost 4-108(108) 62-46,38-67, 66-27, 25-108(68) 1-40, 55-73,...
  • Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta in third round of Professional World Snooker April 12, 2014

    Sheffield: India's Pankaj Advani came up with a typical late fightback to snatch a dramatic 10-9 win over Chinese Li Hang and join compatriot Aditya Mehta in the third round of the Professional World Snooker Championship qualifying tournament here. The 28-year-old won five of the last six frames Friday to oust...
  • Pankaj Advani advances in World Championship qualifiers April 12, 2014

    London: He was left hassled after his baggage was misplaced but unfazed by it, ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani rallied to beat China's Li Hang in the second round of the qualifying event for the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield. Advani notched up a 10-9 triumph to set up a clash...
  • Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta to begin World Snooker qualifier campaign April 8, 2014

    Sheffield: India's top cueists Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta will begin their campaign in the World Snooker Championship with qualifying round matches on Wednesday. Advani will take on the winner of the match between Li Hang of China and Ratchoyothin Yotharuck of Thailand in the first round of the qualifiers at...