Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani wrote himself into the history books on Sunday by winning the Asian 6-Red Snooker title. Advani becomes the first in the world to hold the world title as well as the continental title at the same time after he beat Malaysian Keen Hoh Moh 7-5.
Keen Hoh Moh was the top seed at the Asian 6-Red Snooker held in Abu Dhabi, but Advani was coming on the back of a strong 6-1 win in the semi finals over Aditya Mehta and held his nerve in a tight contest.
Advani started well winning the first frame 39-4 to get an early lead. The second frame, however, went the Malaysian’s way, who scored a break of 51 winning the second frame 51-6.
The see-saw nature of the match continued in the third frame, where the Indian cueist won 40-14. But yet again, he could not hold onto his lead, losing the fourth frame 37-0. But it was here that Advani started to gain more control of the match, winning two frames in a row to go 4-2 up. The Indian ace won the fifth frame 41-7, before wrapping the sixth one 44-8.
The top seed, Hoh Moh, wasn’t to throw in the towel yet and bounced back winning the seventh frame 38-21. Advani secured a 45 break in the next frame and went on to win 45-24 to re-establish his 2-frame lead. Despite the Malaysian winning the eleventh frame, Advani sealed the victory with a win in the 12th to lift the title. Advani will now head the team event with Manan Chandra, Kamal Chawla and Aditya Mehta.