India’s relentless snooker champion Pankaj Advani has added another massive victory to his name by winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship after beating his Chinese adversary Zhua Xintong to clinch the world title for the 15th time.
At Sunrise Crystal Bay resort in Hurghada, Egypt, Advani fabulously swept the green baize with some amazing shots.
Bengaluru’s ‘Golden Boy’ grabbed the IBSF Billiards crown in September followed by Sunday’s victory where he expressed his happiness to his fans on Twitter. Pankaj is the first person in history to take the short and the long snooker format in the same year.
Even though Pankaj comfortably led the game 5-2 in the first session, his 18-year-old Chinese opponent tried—with a world class endurance and persistence—his best to reduce the gap. Xintong was able to pull back two frames which frazzled the champion leading to an intense contest of 7-6 between them.
Xintong did make the first cut in the 14th frame, but it was Pankaj’s superb handling of the cue and his nerves which led him to finish the tournament in ease with a centurial 109.
It was in 2003 when Pankaj last won his 15-Red Snooker title. Winning his first 6-Red world title in Egypt indeed enabled him to polish his ‘stroke’ of luck.