Doha : Winning has become a habit for Pankaj Advani, making it a no surprise in Doha he claimed his 17th title to emerge out as a world champion again.
He defeated England’s Mike Russell to win the prestigious IBSF World Billiards Championship, defend his title he had claimed last year in Bengaluru. The Indian star won by a comfortable 6-2 score-line in the 150-up format.
It was a tight battle till three frames, but from the fourth frame Pankaj Advani was a different player all together. He clinically constructed lethal breaks of 151, 151, 151, 145 and 110 to completely dismantle his longstanding rival.
Advani had earlier defeated Rupesh Shah in the semifinals 5-2, while Mike Russell made his way to the finals by defeating Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist 5-1.