Advani sails past Bingtao to clinch title

Snooker 6-Red Worlds : Vidya Pillai beaten by Yee in women's final
Last Updated 11 August 2015, 19:45 IST

 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.

(Published 11 August 2015, 19:45 IST)

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