Pankaj Advani waltzes to an 18th World titleNovember 28, 2017
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.
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