World Billiards

  • Mumbai Court orders Ferreira to return to India, join QNet scam probe January 22, 2014

    Mumbai: A Mumbai Court on Wednesday ordered former World Billiards Champion Michael Ferreira to return to India by January 27 and join the investigation in the Rs 425 crore QNet scam. Ferreira has been granted interim relief till January 31 and asked to appear before the Economic Offences Wing (EOW)...
  • No gold, Indian billiards missed Advani at World Championships November 2, 2013

    New Delhi: No Indian cueist managed to win a gold medal at the recently-concluded World Billiards Championships and the one who probably had the best chance could not be there because of a clash in scheduling. India's poster boy of cue sports, Pankaj Advani, an eight-time world champions, had to...
  • Kumar, Shandilya enters sem-finals at World Billiards C'ship October 29, 2013

    Leeds: India's Alok Kumar and Ashok Shandilya entered the 'Long up' format semi-finals of the World Billiards Championship, on Tuesday. Point Format finalist Kumar defeated Nalin Patel of England 1000-490 while Shandilya got the better off compatriot Sourav Kothari 1000-989 in a close finish. From the traditional time format, this year championship...
  • Alok Kumar settles for silver at World Billiards October 26, 2013

    Leeds: Indian cueist Alok Kumar could not add the World Billiards Trophy to his cabinet as he lost in the final to local favourite David Causier to settle for the silver medal at the mega-event here. Alok, a former Asian champion, lost 6-1 -- 150 (123)-06, 150 (114)-11, 150 (64)-81, 150...
  • Geet Sethi bows out as eight Indians reach pre-quarters of World Billiards October 25, 2013

    Leeds: Eight Indian cueists entered the pre-quarterfinals of the World Billiards Championship after registering contrasting victories in their respective last 32 round matches, here on Thursday. However, seven-time world champion Geet Sethi lost to Arun Agrawal 2-4 in one of the major upsets of the tournament. Defending champion Rupesh Shah continued...
  • Advani skips World Billiards for first time October 8, 2013

    New Delhi: For the first time in his career, Pankaj Advani has decided to skip the World Billiards Championship in Leeds, instead preferring to compete in the International Championship. Advani, India's poster boy of cue sports, will be competing in the major snooker ranking event scheduled to be held in Chengdu,...
  • Nothing bigger than World Billiards Championship: Advani November 4, 2012

    Bangalore: Ace cueist Pankaj Advani said there's nothing bigger than the World Billiards Championship, which he won after defeating reigning champion and seasoned Englishman Mike Russell in the Time format final. "The world billiards is held once in a year and there is no bigger event than that. As I...
  • World Billiards win was special: Pankaj Advani November 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The youngest Indian sportsperson to win eight world titles, ace cueist Pankaj Advani says his recent World Billiards Championship triumph was a "special" one as he had to wait for three years to regain it. "It's a special win for me. It's been a long wait for me, I...
  • Playing Russell was great: Advani November 2, 2012

    Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani notched up his seventh World Billiards Championship title after comprehensively beating defending champion and seasoned Englishman Mike Russell. ...
  • Pankaj Advani: Profile of an unsung hero October 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Ace Indian cueist Pankal Advani is on a high after a thumping 1,895-1,216 victory over defending champion Mike Russell in the World Billiards Championship final (time format) in Leeds on Sunday for an eighth world title (seventh in billiards). The 27-year-old made his professional snooker debut in 2012...
  • I wanted to outdo myself by winning World Billiards: Advani October 29, 2012

    New Delhi: When ace cueist Pankaj Advani decided to take part in the World Billiards Championship, he had quietly made a promise to himself that nothing short of silverware would satisfy him and he kept his date with destiny. The only active player to compete at the highest level in both...
  • Pankaj Advani wins the World Billiards Championship October 29, 2012

    Pankaj Advani said that he took a tough decision earlier this year to play both Billiards and Snooker at the highest level, and is glad to maintain his top form. ...
  • Pankaj Advani wins the World Billiards Championship October 29, 2012

    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...
  • Rupesh Shah wins World Billiards in point frame October 28, 2012

    Leeds: Rupesh Shah became only the fifth Indian cueist to lift the world title twice after he beat Australia's Matthew Bolton 6-2 in the final of the World Billiards (point frame) here. Starting by winning the lag, he won the first game comfortably but in the next game, Bolton levelled the...
  • Rupesh reaches final of World Billiards Championship October 27, 2012

    Leeds: India's Rupesh Shah prevailed over Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 5-2 to advance to the final of the 150-up format World Billiards Championship, here on Saturday. The 39-year old from Ahmedabad will now meet Mathew Bolton of Australia in the summit clash. Mathew defeated David Causier 5-3 in another match. Shah started...
  • Advani through to the semifinal October 26, 2012

    Leeds: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Friday advanced to the semifinals of the World Billiards Championship in the time format though he crashed out of the tournament in the point format here. Advani beat fellow Indian Rupesh Shah 1647-705 in the time format quarterfinals to make it to the...
  • Advani, Sethi keep up winning streak at World Billiards October 21, 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...
  • Pankaj, Geet, Dhruv off to great start at World billiards October 20, 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...
  • Pankaj Advani leads Indian challenge at World Billiards October 19, 2012

    Leeds: Pankaj Advani spearheads a strong Indian challenge in the first ever unified World Billiards Championship, commencing here on Saturday with as many as 65 players, including defending champions Mike Russell and Bangalorean Revanna Umadevi in the fray. The tournament is being jointly organised by two world governing bodies. The newly-formed...
  • Advani to skip China snooker for World Billiards October 11, 2012

    Bangalore: Pankaj Advani opted out of the International Snooker Championship in China for which he had qualified and has decided to participate in the World Billiards Championship due to overlap of the dates. The 27-year-old from Bangalore, who has won seven world titles, had made no secret of his bias for...
  • Alok Kumar lights up quiet year for cue sports December 30, 2011

    Seasoned campaigner Alok Kumar was the cynosure of all eyes with his Asian Billiards title, but overall it was an average year for Indian cue sports as success eluded the country at the major international events. Alok blanked Praput Chaithanasukan of Thailand 6-0 to win the coveted Asian Billiards title in...
  • Advani in semis of World Billiards Championship October 29, 2011

    Leeds: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani advanced to the semifinals of the World Billiards Championship after defeating compatriot Devendra Joshi by 279 points here. Advani had an average of 31.25 in 32 visits while Joshi managed to score 721 points with an average of 22.53 in 1000 Up match in the...
  • World Billiards: Advani falters in final hurdle August 28, 2011

    New Delhi: Indian cueist Pankaj Advani faltered in the finals once again as England's Mike Russell successfully defended his Point format title in the IBSF World Billiards Championship being played in Carlow, Ireland. In a repeat of last year's final in the Point format, former champion Advani went down 3-6 to...
  • Advani, Kothari in SF of World Billiards C'ship August 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Former champion Pankaj Advani and young cuiest Sourav Kothari registered hard fought victories to enter the semifinals in the Point Format of IBSF World Billiards Championship being played in Carlow, Ireland. While Advani had to bring in all his experience to the table to overcome Peter Gilchrist of Singapore...
  • World Billiards: Advani leads India's charge August 26, 2011

    New Delhi: Former champion Pankaj Advani and veteran Alok Kumar led the charge as nine Indian cueists reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Point-format in the IBSF World Billiards Championship being held at Carlow, Ireland on Friday. Indian cueists reigned supreme at the green baize as Advani, Alok and Rupesh Shah streamrolled...
  • Advani, Sethi enter World Billiards C'ship SF August 27, 2010

    Pune: Pankaj Advani fired an unfinished break of 709 while Geet Sethi produced six century breaks to enter the semifinals of the World Billiards Championship (time format) here on Thursday. Defending champion Advani defeated Rupesh Shah 1279-684 in the quarterfinal to set up a clash with modern legend Mike Russell of...
  • Advani, Sethi in World Billiards Championship SF August 22, 2010

    Pune: Defending champion Pankaj Advani of India survived a scare against Myanmar's Kyaw Oo before winning in six frames to make it to the semifinals of the Time Format event of the IBSF World Billiards Championship at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana here on Sunday. Also reaching the semifinals was Geet Sethi...
  • I have constantly surprised myself: Pankaj Advani September 9, 2009

    Pankaj Advani, the newly crowned Professional World Billiards Champion returned home to Bangalore in the early hours of Tuesday morning and was welcomed at the airport by friends and family. Pankaj is only the second Indian after Geet Sethi to win the Professional World Billiards title in its 139-year history. The 24-year-old...