Pankaj Advani finishes on a high, claims top position


Cooker ace Pankaj Advani scored his supremacy with a winning record and finished on a good footing at the GSC World Snooker Qualifiers, taking first place in the tournament.

Pankaj, 36, who had repeatedly won the World and Asian Snooker Crowns, maintained his excellent form and managed to win all 12 matches (6 each in Y-Camp and Z-Camp).

Pankaj accumulated 10,760 points (3,560 national points, 3,600 points each from camps Y and Z) to take pole position, a press release published here said on Monday.

National champion Aditya Mehta, who finished with 4 wins and 2 losses, came second with 10,156 points (4000 Nationals, 2916 Y-Camp and 3240 Z-Camp) while in third place was Laxman Rawat (PSPB) with 9,396 points.

Pankaj and Aditya have both qualified to represent India at the upcoming World Snooker Championship, which is likely to be held in Doha in November or December.

Pankaj asserted his dominance over India’s No.1 Aditya with a 4-1 victory over the Mumbai-based lanky in the final game at Z-Camp.

Pankaj, who also won the previous outing 4-1, played steadily. He managed to dictate the conditions before concluding the match 80 (63) -08, 32-70, 70-00, 86-15 and

Pankaj previously canceled Laxman Rawat’s challenge by scoring six images in an interesting contest.

He started off with a bang, rolling into a clear 139-point break in the first frame and finished a deserving victory of 139-00, 22-61, 84-46, 93-07, 28-74 60-31.

Earlier, Aditya beat Laxman by a tight 4-3 margin to snatch a crucial fifth victory.


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