Super Advani in quarterfinals

Super Advani in quarterfinals

Super Advani in quarterfinals

Indian ace cueist Pankaj Advani stormed into the quarterfinals of the BetVictor Welsh Open at Newport, Wales, on Thursday.

A day after he slammed the door on former world champion Shaun Murphy, Advani oozed class yet again as he vanquished Scotsman Graeme Dott 4-1  (73 (63)-7 , 74 (73)-1 , 39-84, 75 (46)-37, 100 (100)-1) to become the first Indian to enter the last-eight stage of a major event on the professional snooker circuit.

“Being the only Indian to make it to the quarters of any professional snooker ranking tournament ever is a huge high for me,” said an ecstatic Advani via a statement. “I really have no words to express how amazing this feels. I hope this will translate into big steps forward in Indian snooker.”

Reigning world billiards champion Advani started his last-16 tie against 2006 world snooker champion Dott with a bang, compiling a fine break of 63 points. Denying Dott any chance to settle in, Advani scored another frame-winning break of 73 to go 2-0 up.

Dott, currently ranked 13, replied with a steady performance in the third to reduce the gap and make it 2-1. However, Advani bounced back in the fourth, a 46-point clearance putting him within one frame of victory. The 27-year-old Bangalorean then finished off the tie in style, smashing an exact century break to gallop home.

Advani now awaits the winner of the last-16 clash between World No 2 Judd Trump and Andrew Higginson.