Advani sails past Bingtao to clinch title

Advani sails past Bingtao to clinch title

Snooker 6-Red Worlds : Vidya Pillai beaten by Yee in women's final

Advani sails past Bingtao to clinch title

 Pankaj Advani, the poster boy of Indian cue sports, clinched his 13th world title on Tuesday after winning the World 6-Red Snooker Championship in a convincing manner here.

Defending champion Advani outplayed Chinese Yan Bingtao 6-2, stamping his authority on the green baize in the final.

India missed out on a double crown as Vidya Pillai lost to Ng On Yee of Hong Kong 1-5 in the final.

The men’s final started off with a bang with the Bangalore cueist racing to a rapid 3-0 lead in the best-of-11 final. But the Chinese found his form and ran away with the next two frames with the aid of a 66 break.

In no mood to give anything away, Advani did not allow his opponent to score a single point in the next two. He fired in a massive 71 break in the seventh frame to be one frame away from defending his title which he won in Egypt last year.

In the final frame, Bingtao took a healthy 28-5 lead before missing what proved to be his final shot of the tournament as Advani cleared the table with finesse.

A 35 break saw the Indian ace adding another feather in his ever-glowing crown.
In the semifinals, Advani defeated Pakistan’s Asjad Iqbal in a tough contest. Asjad won the first two frames but Advani bounced back superbly to take the next three for a 3-2 lead. Advani then forged ahead but Asjad hit back winning the eighth frame to make it 4-4. The Indian however clinched the deciding frame 52-14 to force a 5-4 victory.

In the other semifinal, Bintao edged out Pakistan’s Muhammed Asif 5-4.
In the women’s semifinals, Yee defeated India’s Amee Kamani 4-1 while Vidya knocked out Danis Santos of Philippines 4-2.

Results: Men’s final: Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Yan Bingtao (China) 6-2: 37-21, 57(30)-0, 32-29, 0-66(66), 6-38(37), 48-0, 75(71)-0, 40(35)-28.