Pankaj Advani clinches Six-Reds Snooker World Cup

Living
a
dream

“I’m
living
a
dream.
Being
away
from
the
table
for
so
long,
these
two
back-to-back
triumphs
assure
me
that
my
hunger
and
competitive
skills
haven’t
diminished,”
Pankaj
said.

“Very
fortunate
to
win
both
as
I’m
aware
there’s
still
a
lot
of
work
to
put
into
my
game
once
I
return.
Happy
to
return
home
tomorrow
with
two
gold
medals
for
my
country,”
added
Pankaj,
who
is
the
national
champion
in
the
Six-Reds
format.

Starts brightly

Starts
brightly

Pankaj,
who
won
his
11th
Asian
title
last
week,
started
the
final
with
a
comfortable
42-13
win
in
the
opening
frame.
Babar
drew
parity
by
winning
the
second
38-14.

In
the
third
frame,
Pankaj
made
a
foul
that
only
he
knew
he
had
committed.
The
Bengaluru-based
cueist
won
the
third
(53-0)
and
fourth
(42-19)
in
quick
succession
to
go
3-1
up.

Fight back

Fight
back

The
Pakistani
cueist,
in
no
mood
to
play
second
fiddle
to
his
worthy
opponent,
crafted
a
wonderful
50
plus
break
in
the
fourth
frame
which
he
won
53-1
to
bridge
the
gap.
Pankaj
shifted
gears
and
then
took
the
next
three
(47-17,
44-0,
36-3)
to
be
within
one
frame
away
from
getting
his
hands
on
his
24th
world
winner’s
trophy.

Not
going
to
go
down
without
a
fight,
Babar
brought
the
match
to
a
precarious
situation
by
winning
the
next
three
frames
(43-0,
46-12,
59-15)
as
a
strong
response.
At
6-5,
it
was
touch
and
go.
Babar
had
found
his
touch
and
Pankaj
had
more
to
lose
at
this
point
being
within
striking
distance
of
the
finish
line.
But
a
classy
32
break
off
the
cue
of
the
multiple
world
champion
put
paid
to
Babar’s
hopes
as
he
won
53-5
to
lay
his
hands
on
the
trophy.

Happy hunting ground

Happy
hunting
ground

The
victory
helped
Pankaj
continue
his
winning
run
in
Doha,
which
has
always
been
a
happy
hunting
ground
for
the
Indian
cueist
ever
since
he
won
the
billiards
gold
at
the
2006
Asiad
which
was
held
at
Qatar
Billiards
and
Snooker
Federation’s
main
facility
at
Mumtazah
area.

IBSF
President
Mubarak
Al
Khayarin
awarded
the
winners
as
curtains
came
down
to
a
fortnight
of
high-quality
snooker.

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