Pankaj Advani won the World Billiards Championship title for the 26th time on Tuesday by defeating compatriot Saurav Kothari in the final.
Indian cue player Pankaj Advani won the IBSF World Billiards Championship title for the 26th time in Doha on Tuesday by defeating compatriot Saurav Kothari in the final. Advani defeated Kothari 1000-416 in a rematch of last year’s title match in Kuala Lumpur. He won his first world title in this competition in 2005.
Pankaj Advani’s magic
While Advani has won the ‘long format’ title for the ninth time, he has won the ‘point format’ championship on eight occasions, besides winning the World Team Billiards Championship once.
In this tournament, Advani defeated fellow Indian cueist Rupesh Shah 900–273 in the semi-finals. It saw breaks of 259 and 176 from the defending champion, while Shah managed only a break of 62 in the 900-up format. In the other half of the draw, Kothari secured a close 900-756 win against Dhruv Sitwala in his semi-final match. Kothari had breaks of 223 and 82, while Sitwala scored 199 and 188.