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Snooker: Pankaj Advani secures 18th World Championship title

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Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani secured his 18th World Championship title with an 8-2 win over Iran's Amir Sarkhosh in the IBSF World Snooker Championship final in Doha on Monday.

The best-of-15 frame final witnessed Amir pocketing the first frame rather comfortably. The Iranian looked strong and focused in the second frame too, progressing well and nearing a 2-0 scoreline. However, a missed green pot gave a lifeline to Advani as he seized the opportunity and drew parity.

Pankaj never looked back from there as he raced to a 5-2 lead before going into the 1st session break.

A long red pot against the nap with a perfect position for blue gave him a break of 45. A couple of safety exchanges later, Advani once again trapped Amir to extract an opening. Another well-executed long red pot saw him make another useful break of 17 points to increase the margin.

A hapless Amir couldn't do much as Advani sealed the frame with another break of 41 points and take a commanding lead of 6-2.

Though Amir got the first opening in the 9th, a missed red pot saw Advani unfold his vast repertoire of strokes to compile a frame-winning break of 77 points, with only 4 reds remaining on the table.

Placing himself just one frame away from winning another world title, Pankaj established his dominance in the 10th frame by scoring the first 22 points. An unexpected miss thereafter saw Amir open his account in the frame and score 30 points to take a slender lead of 8 points.

Nonetheless, a calm Advani patiently waited for his opportunity to soon bring the score to 47-47, before clearing the remaining colours, the frame and the match to lift his 18th world title.


Result:

Pankaj Advani (India) beat Amir Sarkhosh (Iran) 8-2: 19-71; 79-53; 98-23; 69-62; 60-05; 0-134; 75-07; 103-4; 77-13; 67-47.