- Pankaj Advani won the 35th men’s Asian Snooker Championships to complement a career grand slam in cue sports.
- He is the only player to have won the prestigious Asian and World championships in all formats.
- Pankaj was suffering from high fever in the finals.
Pankaj Advani again proved on Friday why he is one of the world’s best cueists by winning the 35th men’s Asian Snooker Championships to complement a career grand slam in cue sports. He is the only player to have won the prestigious Asian and World championships in all formats. It is important to know that the 33-year-old battled high fever to achieve the incredible feat.
Pankaj seized the ACBS Asian Snooker events – 6-red (short format) as well as the 15-red (long format) – apart from the IBSF World Championships in both formats too.
After having conquering everything that is to win in Billiards, this was the only elusive 15-red Asian Snooker title that was absent from the Padma Bhushan awardee’s Trophy cabinet.
ASIAN SNOOKER CHAMPION ????? My trophy cabinet is now complete ? Never worked so hard in my entire career to win a title. Had to fight back in most matches and even high fever during the final! NEVER SAY DIE pic.twitter.com/n6FodmTUbO
— Pankaj Advani (@PankajAdvani247) June 22, 2019
Advani thumped Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon comfortably by 6-3 in the final to achieve the feat. The victory also made him the first and the only one to achieve the feat in both Billiards and Snooker.
“With this title, I’ve done everything I could when representing my country in both the sports. This win completes my trophy cabinet so I now know I will be sleeping well for a very long time.” Advani said.
“Having won all that there is, I’d like to continue competing with the objective of deriving personal growth through the medium of sport and to also share my knowledge with budding cueists.
“I’m now going to enter every championship to enjoy my game while at the same time to focus on other areas of my life too.”
Pankaj started on a nervous note against Thanawat, finding himself with yet another deficit.
Thanawat had a great headstart with a 2-0 lead in no time. Although Advani responded with a 54 break to make the score 1-2, his Thai was not going to concede another frame. He continued to post excellent potting display.
However, after lagging at 1-3, the Indian cueist pushed the accelerator hard and won 5 frames consecutively to leave his opponent with absolutely no chance to make a comeback.
Pankaj put up a 75 break to reach the halfway mark with 3 frames in his pocket.
Advani intelligently grinded out one frame at a time and by the 3-3 stage, Thanawat had already lost his momentum. His 21-time world champion opponent did the needful and raced to the finish line.
Pankaj will next be seen in action at the IBSF World Cup next week in Doha.
Pankaj Advani (India) bt.Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 6-3 10-52, 1-97(97), 95(54)-1, 110(75)-1, 69-43, 71(60)-44, 80-49, 72-42, 67(50)-1.