Yangon - Myanmar
from 05 - 12 April 2008
Cue Sports India gathered the news that Pankaj Advani of India won the 7th Asian Billiards Championship held in Myanmar beating his own countryman Rupesh Shah in the finals. Rest of the details yet to come....
Results (Semi Finals)
Pankaj Advani (India) beat Rupesh Shah (India) ::
Indian Duo Pankaj Advani and Rupesh Shah entered the Finals of the 7th Asian Billiards Championship in contrasting style. Whilst Advani, the four times and current IBSF World Billiards Champion routed Myanmar's Aung San Oo 4-0, Rupesh, the current Point Format IBSF World Champion staged a remarkable comeback to win 4-3 against Thailand's Praput after being down 1-3 to make it an all Indian Final.
The packed hall at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel were treated to an opening unfinished break of 100 by 22 year old Advani who went on to exhibit his command on the table to cruise to an emphatic victory. Aung was visibly overawed by the reputation of his opponent and the fact that he was performing under a severe pressure imposed by the expectation of the home crowd, which included the Myanmar's Minister of Sports.
Not to be left behind, Rupesh Shah like his compatriot opened up a 1-0 lead against Praput C of Thailand, the current Indoor Asian Games Gold Medalist, with a carefully compiled unfinished 100. Unperturbed by the quick setback of the opening game, Praput responded with characteristic calmness to reduce the early deficit into a commanding 3-1 advantage. It was a vital 5th Game requiring only three more scoring shots with the red in play. But an untimely and unusual unforced error on a long In-Off provided Rupesh with his life-line. Requiring 83 points for game, Rupesh displayed his resilience in winning that crucial game with an unfinished 83. From thereon Praput started to falter whilst shah grew from strength to strength winning the last two games and the match with a commendable tactical play.
Results (Semi Finals)
Pankaj Advani (India) beat Aung San Oo (Myanmar) :: 4 - 0 (100-05, 100-68, 100-55, 100-75)
Rupesh Shah (India) beat Praput C. (Thailand) :: 4 - 3 (100-35, 38-100, 0-100, 70-100, 100-91, 100-10, 100-15)
Final >> Pankaj Advani (India) vs. Rupesh Shah (India)
World Billiards Champion Pankaj Advani and Reigning World Billiards (Point Format) Champion Rupesh Shah (both from India) have reached in Semi Fianl of the 7th Asian Billiards Championship, which is being held in the Banquet Hall of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar.
In the Quarter Final, Pankaj Advani registered a comfortable win over Thawat S. of Thailand by 4-2 in best of seven 100 Up Point format. Thawat qualified from his group as No.2 after defeating Geet Sethi of India in his last Group Match.
On the other half of the draw Rupesh Shah demolished the local hero Kyaw Oo by 4-1 to set up a semi-final clash with Praput C. of Thailand who earlier beat Peter Gilchrist of Singapure in the Quarter Final.
Pankaj will take on Aung San Oo of Myanmar in the other Semi Final.