Advani marches into billiards final


The Bengaluru cueist was all class in the 100-up best-of-nine semifinal where he ousted fellow countryman Rupesh Shah 5-2 (23-100 (94), 100-38, 100 (94)-84, 100 (90)-2, 68 (68)-100 (78), 100 (51)-27, 100 (100)-3)).

The reigning world champion, who is vying for his seventh Asian crown, will take on Sourav Kothari in the title clash. Kothari outlasted Bengaluru’s B Bhaskar 5-4 (100-72 (61), 49-100 (56), 100 (87)-15, 100 (88)-49, 0-100 (80), 57-100 (67), 59-100, 100-92, 100 (102)-42).

In other matches, 16-year-old Pakistan national snooker champion, Mohammed Naseem Akhtar, entered the semifinals of the simultaneously held Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship. He beat China’s Zhang Jiankang 5-3 (15-67, 84-0, 56-80, 90 (89)-28, 72-36, 39-81, 72-09, 88 (80)-0).

In the women’s Asian Snooker Championship, Amee Kamani beat compatriot Varshaa Sanjeev 3-2 (53-79, 66-0, 23-71 (63), 78 (58)-18, 68-9) to enter the semifinals. Favourite Ng On Yee crushed Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan 3-0 (63-18, 72-24, 60-24) to book her semis spot.

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