India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani creates history by wining Asian 6-Red Snooker title.Pankaj Advani thus became the first in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time. Pankaj Advani, The double IBSF World Six-Red Snooker Champion stamped his authority again in the short format of the game to win the Asian Six Reds title, defeating top seeded Malaysia’s Keen Hoh Moh 7-5. With this win, Pankaj also created history, winning the Asian Title while currently the World Title holder in the same format.

Pankaj Advani won the final in a battle of change fortunes by keeping his nerves intact. With a confidence boosting 6-1 semi-final victory against compatriot Aditya Mehta to book his spot in the finals and coming closer to winning his first continental title, Pankaj Advani clearly walked to the table with the most grace winning the first frame 39-4. With a loss of the second frame, 6-51 to Keen Hoh Moh who scored a break of 51, Pankaj Advani won the third frame 40-14 before losing the fourth frame, 37-0. The fifth and sixth frame belonged solely to the 30-year-old Advani who cleared the table 41-7 and 44-8 respectively.

Pankaj Advani said: “It’s my first individual Asian snooker championship, so the feeling is unreal. Having missed out on the 15-red Asian snooker title last month made this a mission for me to accomplish. Winning it the same year as my world title in the Six Red sends me over the moon.”

The match was extremely close with Pankaj leading the Malaysian by a Single Frame and extended that victory to a difference of two frames winning the tenth frame, 45-36. With a lead of 2 frames at 6 Frames to 4 at the end of the tenth frame, the Malaysian narrowed the lead winning the eleventh frame 38-15 before Pankaj won the 12th frame 53-24 and securing the title 7 frames to 5.

Pankaj Advani will now lead the Indian challenge in the team event with Aditya Mehta, Manan Chandra and Kamal Chawla.

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