India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani on Thursday won his third straight IBSF billiards crown in the 150-up format, taking his overall tally of world titles to a staggering 20.
The 33-year-old from Bengaluru overcame Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar in a high-quality final. After bossing the “150-up” format, Advani will now compete in the longer version, ‘Up format commences immediately.
It was also a proud moment for Myanmar which saw its own player in the title round for the first time. Nay Thway Oo did well to oust multiple world champion, Mike Russell in the semifinal with a convincing 5-2 victory. With home support and overall advantage, the one thing that was evidently lacking was the experience of competing in a World Championship final as Oo was denied many opportunities to reproduce the magic of his previous match.
Up against the man to beat in the world of billiards, Oo wasn’t given much breathing space as Advani was clearly on a mission to retain his title.
And he did so with absolute supremacy. His flow and fluency left even the local crowd in awe of his prowess as they saw the visitor steal the dream from its national her0.
“It’s pleasing ti be able to play at a quality level over the years and looking to take this tally beyond a ‘score’, Advani said.
From Online Sources