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Pankaj Advani sets up title clash in World Billiards

Pankaj Advani sets up title clash in World Billiards
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First Published: Mon, Sep 07 2009. 11 49 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Sep 07 2009. 11 49 AM IST
Leeds: Ace Pankaj Advani notched up a thrilling win over compatriot Dhruv Sitwala in the semifinal to set up a title clash with nine-time winner and defending champion Mark Russel in the World Professional Billiards Championship here.
The 2008 IBSF World Billiards Championship, Advani edged past Sitwala 1037-972 in an extremely close match.
Advani took a slender lead forward to the second two hour session after a nip and tuck throughout. With approximately 13 minutes left, the 24-year-old National Champion at both Billiards and Snooker, compiled a 142 break to pip a much improved Sitwala.
In the other semifinal, compatriot Rupesh Shah squandered a first session lead and succumbed to his elementary mistakes to go down 880-1366 against nine time-winner Russel.
The first session was in the favour of Shah as he build up a lead of nearly 200 against Russel but in the second session the defending champion started to flow and after his 166 and 267 breaks never looked in trouble.
Shah could only manage a poor 272 total points in this session, missing really elementary shots.
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First Published: Mon, Sep 07 2009. 11 49 AM IST