Chandigarh, April 15: India’s Pankaj Advani on Friday registered a comprehensive win over his compatriot Sourav Kothari by 6-3 in the finals of the Asian Billiards Championship and lifted the title. However, this is Advani’s seventh Asian championship.
The first session saw Kothari run away with a 3-1 lead before the interval. Later, Advani taking full advantage of the break, regrouped and came out all guns blazing to win the next frames on the trot to win his sixth Asian Billiards and seventh overall Asian championship.
Advani was left looking for answers to Kothari’s form in the first four frames. Kothari made breaks of 68, 100 and 99 to lead by two frames yo in session one. Advani changed his gear after the half hour intermission and came back to the table on a mission. He opened the proceedings with breaks of 92, 102 and 81, not letting his opponent score a single point.
After the 4-3 lead, Advani gave Kothari a chance to make a comeback but after being away from the table for over 25 minutes, he could only muster up a thirty break to only bring Advani back to end the frame and be one away from the title
Interestingly, Advani now returns home to Bangalore for four days to switch to snooker before taking off for Doha to compete in the Asian Snooker Championship which begins on the 22nd of this month. Earlier, in the semifinals, Advani defeated fellow compatriot Rupesh Shah.
Asian Billiards Championship final: Pankaj Advani defeated Sourav Kothari 6-3 54-101(68), 89(84)-100(100), 100 (76)-9, 58-101(99), 100(92)-0, 102(102)-0, 100(81)-0, 100-42, 101(67)-0.