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Asian Snooker C'ship: Advani loses in final

AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR

DOHA --- India's Pankaj Advani lost to China's Lv Haotian in the summit clash of the Asian Snooker Championship here on Friday. The 3-6 loss meant he could not become the first player to win both Asian titles in billiards and snooker in the same calendar year.

The Chinese player took the first frame before Advani drew parity. This was the only time the two finallists were on equal terms. From there, Lv was on song as he scored heavily to keep the 16-time world champion Indian at bay.

At 1-3 and just before the interval, Advani made a comeback with two well-crafted breaks. But at 2-3, he was again kept away from the table by his Chinese opponent. At 3-4, Lv won the next two frames narrowly to clinch the title.

Advani lost 32-95(65), 75(58)-31, 43-69, 24-65(57), 78-0, 6-102(102), 61-48, 48-59, 69-71.

The defeat also meant that Advani could not complete a career Grand Slam in cue sport. Having won all the major events -- nationals, Asian and World Championships in both billiards and snooker and in both the long and short formats -- this is the one title (15-red Asian Snooker) that has eluded him. A victory will make Advani only player in history to win all majors in two sports at all levels and across all formats.