Pankaj Advani Wins 15th World title at IBSF World Snooker Championship
Panjak Advani defeated Chinese teenage sensation Xintong 8-6 in the finals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship at Sunrise Crystal Bay resort in Hurghada, Egypt on the 21st November 2015.
Advani began the match by pocketing the first two frames with scores of 106 and 56 in the first and the second respectively against the 18-year-old Chinese cueist. Xintong took the third with a score of 53 In the fourth frame Xintong looked in total control when he got trapped by a deadly snooker behind the brown ball. Unable to convert the snooker, Xintong gave Advani half chance to come back into the match as Advani at the top end which was immediately punished with a spectacular opening red stun pot along the top cushion. Advani looked good to take a 3-1 lead. A deadly safety play by Advani once again put Xintong and kept trapping the teenager inside the baulk line to get openings and went ahead by 4-1. In the sixth frame with a finely crafted score of 72 points and Xintong brought down the deficit to 2-4. In the seventh frame, Advani never got tempted and applied his extraordinary cushion skills to every time come inside the baulk line and keep Xingtong at bay with well crafted and controlled break of 74 points to race ahead to 5-2 in the first session and looked unstoppable.
After the break, Advani pocketed a frame to stretch the lead to 6-2. But Advani’s march was halted by Xintong when he pulled back two frames. Advani held his nerve to make it 7-4, but Xintong came back into the match in the next two frames to put pressure on Advani and reduced the gap to at 7-6 in favor of Advani. Xintong drew first blood in the 14th frame, but Advani dug deep by using his wealth of experience to finish the tournament in style with a century break of 109.
Pankaj Advani (8) beat Zhua Xintong (6) — 127-6, 75-16, 29-68, 63-23, 87-01, 16-72, 110-13, 113-01, 52-65, 13-84, 77-36, 14-126, 26-82, 116-24.
This was Advani’s first 15-Red Snooker title since 2003 when he won the crown in China
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