Advani storms into semifinals

Having re-discovered his touch after his gold medal-winning show in billiards singles at last month’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, the 25-year-old Bangalorean was at his destructive best in crushing Moh 6-1 (70-32, 69-24, 60-2, 63-77, 68-8, 67-45, 124-0) in the best-of-11 frames quarterfinal contest.

According to information available here, the 2003 champion Advani looked good for a place in the title round after taking a strong 4-2 lead against Ireland’s Rodney Goggins after the first session of the semifinal on Tuesday. The second session of the best-of-13 frames tie was scheduled for the evening with Advani, yet to lose a match in the tournament, just three frames from victory.

Meanwhile, National champion Vidya Pillai crashed out at the semifinal stage in the women’s section, losing to Ng On Yee. The Hong Kong cueist posted a 4-0 (64-25, 67-7, 59-19, 84-41) win.

Results: Men, quarterfinals: Dechawat Pomajaeng (Tha) bt Alex Borg (Mlt) 6-4 (67-62, 39-76, 0-74, 98-34, 94-13, 1-76, 33-74, 96-7, 81-5, 101-8); Noppadol Sangnil (Tha) bt Martin McCrudden (Ire) 6-5 (60-37, 70-67, 24-87, 79-15, 0-88, 14-115, 1-133, 8-69, 68-1, 69-22, 63-26); Rodney Goggins (Ire) bt Leo Fernandez (Eng) 6-5 (59-51, 32-76, 7-105, 110-19, 38-65, 0-100, 68-26, 112-2, 52-51, 55-68, 122-0); Pankaj Advani (Ind) bt Moh Keen Hoo (Mal) 6-1 (70-32, 69-24, 60-2, 63-77, 68-8, 67-45, 124-0).

Women, semifinals: Ng On Yee (HK) bt Vidya Pillai (Ind) 4-0 (64-25, 67-7, 59-19, 84-41); Jaique Ip Wan In (HK) bt Wendy Jans (Bel) 4-3 (67-18, 23-63, 67-30, 50-61, 63-1, 45-53, 61-25).

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