Pankaj Advani waltzes to an 18th World title

November 28, 2017

SnookerPankaj Advani waltzes to an 18th World title


Pankaj Advani dished out another superb performance to outclass Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh in the final and claim the IBSF World snooker championship here on Monday.

Advani’s deadly attacking game coupled with a phenomenally tight safety play helped him secure his 18th World championship title with an 8-2 win over Sarkhosh at the Al-Arabi Sports Club.

The best-of-15 frame final witnessed Sarkhosh pocketing the first frame easily. The Iranian looked strong and focused in the second frame too, but a missed green pot gave Advani a lifeline and he seized the opportunity with both hands and drew parity.

Advani never looked back from there and raced to a 5-2 lead, though Sarkhosh came back with a century break to win the sixth frame. After the break, Advani wrapped it up with three straight frames.

The result:

Pankaj Advani bt Amir Sarkhosh (Irn) 8-2 (19-71, 79-53, 98-23, 69-62, 60-05, 0-134, 75-07, 103-4, 77-13, 67-47) .

IBSF World snooker champion: 2017, 2015, 2003

World billiards champion (points format): 2017, 2016, 2014, 2008, 2005

World billiards champion (time format): 2015, 2014, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005

IBSF World six-red snooker champion: 2015, 2014

World team billiards championship: 2014

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