LAHORE - Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani defended his IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship title while the women’s title went to Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee here Tuesday in Karachi.
The Indian cueist has clinched his 13th world title after defeating Chinese Yan Bingtao with the scores of 37-21, 57(30)-0, 32-29, 0-66(66), 6-38(37), 48-0, 75(71)-0, 40(35)-28. The final started off with a bang with the Bangalore cueist racing to a rapid 3-0 lead in the best-of-11 final. But the Chinese found his form and ran away with the next two frames with the aid of a 66 break.
In no mood to give anything away, Advani did not allow his opponent to score a single point in the next two. He fired in a massive 71 break in the seventh frame to be one frame away from defending his title which he won in Egypt last year. In the final frame, Bingtao took a healthy 28-5 lead before missing what was going to be his final shot of the tournament as Advani cleared the table with finesse. A 35 break saw the Indian ace adding another feather in his ever-glowing crown.
Earlier, former 6-red Asian champion M Asif lost the semi-final 4-5 to 15-year-old Chinese wonder kid Yan Bingtao to strike Pakistan out of the contention of winning the championship title. Asif started confidently against the teenager with three straight frame wins in the best-of-nine semi-final. Bingtao then made a strong comeback and beat Asif in the fourth frame. Asif won the fifth frame and was in contention of facing Indian Pankaj Advani in the final when Bingtao turned the tables on him and won four straight frames to book a spot in the final.
Indian Advani beat Pakistan’s Asjad Iqbal with the same 4-5 scoreline to book a berth in the final. Asjad started the game by winning the first two frames. Advani struck back strongly and took three consecutive frames to make it 3-2. Asjad bagged the sixth frame, Advani the seventh and Asjad made it 4-4 with a win in the eight frame. When it all came down to the final frame, Advani was the one who broke loose and beat Asjad 52-14 to enter the final.
In the women’s final, Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee outlasted Indian cueist Vidya Pillai 5-2. The score line of marathon final was 44-0, 36-02, 37-07, 46-11, 07-39, 01-38, 37-06. Earlier in the first semi-final, Ng On Yee thrashed Indian Amee Kamani 4-1 with the scores of 18-61, 36-17, 42-08, 39-0, 50-0 while Indian Vidya Pillai defeated Pilipino Denis Santos 4-2 with the scores of 47-13, 41-09, 24-28, 62-05, 21-31, 47-04 in the second semi-final.
The winner earned US$3,000, the runner-up received US$1,500, semi-finalist got US$750 each, quarter-finalists US$250 each, M Asif and Asjad Iqbal won US$150 each for the high break (made 75 break). The winner of IBSF 6-Red Women collected US$1,000, the runner-up US$500, semi-finalists US$250 each and the high break award winner received US$200.