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Pankaj Advani crowned champion of the Asian Six Reds

AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR

Pankaj Advani created history by becoming the first in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time.

The double IBSF World Six-Red Snooker Champion stamped his authority again on the short format of the game to win the Asian Six Reds title, defeating top-seeded Keen Hoh Moh 7-5. With this win, Pankaj also created history, winning the Asian title while currently being the world title holder in the same format.

Pankaj got off to a good start, winning the first frame 39-4. With a loss of the second frame, 6-51 to Keen, who scored a break of 51. Pankaj made a comeback in the third frame, winning it 40-14 before losing the fourth frame 0-37. The fifth and sixth frame belonged solely to Pankaj who cleared the table 41-7 and 44-8. With Pankaj leading the match 4 frames to 2 at the end of six frames, Keen fought back to get into the game winning the seventh frame, 38-21 and losing the eighth frame to Pankaj 24-45 with Pankaj securing a 45 break in the frame.

By the ninth frame, Pankaj was leading Keen by a single frame. He further extended the victory to a difference of two frames winning the tenth frame, 45-36. With a lead of 2 frames at 6 Frames to 4 at the end of the tenth frame, Keen narrowed the lead winning the eleventh frame 38-15 before Pankaj won the twelfth frame 53-24 and secured the title 7 frames to 5.

Commenting on his first win of the year, Pankaj said, "It's my first individual Asian snooker championship so the feeling is unreal. Having missed out on the 15-red Asian snooker title last month made this a mission for me to accomplish. Winning it the same year as my World Title in the Six Red sends me over the moon!"

Pankaj will now gear up for the team event, spearheading the Indian team of Aditya, Manan and Kamal in the ACBS team snooker championship.