Pankaj Advani seals World Professional Billiards Championship win

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Pankaj Advani seals World Professional Billiards Championship win | Sport | guardian.co.uk

Pankaj Advani, a 24-year-old Indian whose entry was initially mislaid, forcing the competition to be re-drawn, beat Mike Russell, the defending and nine times champion, 2,030-1,253 to win the World Professional Billiards Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.


Advani was 77 behind Dhruv Sitwala with only 13 minutes remaining in Saturday evening's semi-final but then played out time with 142 to win by 55.


Russell, who comes from Redcar but now represents Qatar, recovered from the first-session deficit of 198 to beat a third Indian semi-finalist, Rupesh Shah, by 486. But he was always struggling against Advani, who made a break of 226 and six more centuries in becoming the second Indian to win the title in its 139-year history.
 

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