WPBSA 2011 World Billiards Championship
Northern Snooker Centre - Leeds

24 - 30 October 2011



News & Updates


Last warrior from India in World Billiards 2011 fall short to English challenge in semi final despite giving an excellent start. Pankaj Advani at the end of first session of second semi final was leading by 308 points, failed to maintain this lead and lost to Mike Russell by 238 points at the end of the match. During the match Pankaj smashed breaks of 343, 148, 140 and 134 with an average of 47.12 in 24 visits Where as Mike Russell had 303, 188-unf, 167, 133, 109 same number of 24 visits having average of 52.08.


With this win, Mike has stepped closer to his 17th World Billiards title. Now David Causier (England) is in his way whom he will meet in the final today. Causier made his presence in the final defeating Matthew Bolton (Australia) by 1018 points.



Pankaj Advani reached into Semi Finals of World Billiards Championship 2011 defeating compatriot Devendra Joshi by 279 points in the Quarter Final match. Joshi managed to score 721 points with an average of 22.53 in 1000 Up match, where Pankaj had an average of 31.25 in 32 visits. During the match Pankaj smashed four century breaks of 147, 135, 133 and 120 whereas Joshi managed to score 153 and 109 points break. Pankaj will now take on Mike Russell of England in the final.


Interestingly at half time, Joshi was leading by 42 points, but in second half Pankaj accelerated and touched the 1000 mark to confirm his berth in semi final stage.


In another Quarter final match, India’s Rupesh Shah fall short against David Causier of England by 545 points. Rupesh had an average of 12.64 only and managed to score a single break of 217 points during the match.



Geet Sethi, Devendra Joshi, Rupesh Shah, Sourav Kothari, Pankaj Advani, B. Bhaskar, Alok kumar and Dhruv Sitwala advanced to Group Stage II of World Billiards Championship being played at Leeds, UK. After finish of Stage I, Geet grabbed Seed 1 followed by Rupesh Shah and Pankaj Advani as Seed 2 and Seed 3.


In Stage II, Geet, Pankaj and Rupesh has started with the win in their first matches. Stage two is a group stage again wth four groups of four players in each group with playing format 750 Up (single game).