– First ever to win IBSF World Snooker thrice
In the history of IBSF World Snooker championships, Pankaj Advani
has become the first ever player to win the title three times.
Advani had earlier victories in 2003 (China), 2015 (Egypt) and now
another world title for the multi-talented cueist to put him ahead
of Gary Owens (Wales), Ray Edmonds (England) and Paul Mifsud (Malta)
who won this title twice in their career.
Advani comfortably qualified from his group after winning all four
matches and with a frame total of 16-2. In single-elimination
rounds, he knocked out Ahmed Saloomi (Yemen) 4-0, Itaro Santos
(Brazil) 5-0, Asjad Iqbal (Pakistan) 5-1, Luo Honghao (China) to
confirm medal for him.
His semi-final match was against Florian Nüßle, who qualified from
his country as Austrian No.1 at the age of 15. He was also the first
Austrian to feature this far in the IBSF World Snooker. Advani,
after some hurdles, defeated him 7-4 to enter in the final.
In the final Advani faced Iran's Amir Sarkhosh who was trying to
defend title for Iran as his compatriot Soheil Vahedi was winner
Sarkhosh, however, managed to secure first frame as after that
Advani rallied frame wins to reach 4-1, when Sarkhosh once again
constructed a 134 break in Frame 6, but these were his sole
highlights as Advani crossed the line 8-2 and won the title.
Advani also registered the highest break of the event courtesy of a
138 he made in the Group Stages. It was one of five centuries he
With that, Asia continues with its dominance of retaining IBSF World
Snooker title since 2010.
Qatar :: 27 November 2017