Pankaj Advani upsets Peter Gilchrist to win World Billiards title
Indian cue sports star Pankaj Advani stuns former world champion Peter Gilchrist to clinch 150 up World Billards title. Advani defeated the Singapore cueist Gilchrist 6-2 in a very well fought final match. The 29-year-old Indian clinched his10th individual World title and his third of the year in different formats of the game.
“I’m in 11th heaven! I returned to India to focus on this very event and it has paid off. Gilchrist was the most dangerous competitor of the tournament and in a dream final. I am happy with the way I performed. The job is only half done. I have to now focus on the longer format and try for a double. I have a match at noon Sunday, so celebrations will have to wait, but no complaints,” said an elated Advani to the media after the final.
Gilchrist got off to a fast break of 144 in the first frame and 74 in the third to increase a 2-1 lead, however Advani with his amazing showcase and abilities turned the diversion towards his side to take the following two frames and heading into the break heading 3-2. After that Advani hustled ahead all the way with Gilchrist not having the capacity to take control..
Advani who missed two seasons of billiards was trailing 1-2, but won five consecutive frames to regain the title he had last won in 2012.
Final (best-of-11): Pankaj Advani (India) bt Peter Gilchrist (Singapore) 6-2: 23-151 (145unf), 151 (127)-16, 116-150, 151(108unf)-104, 150(150unf)-0, 151(118)-58, 150-4, 150(77unf)-145(104). Semi-finals (best-of-9): Advani bt Sourav Kothari (India) 5-2. Gilchrist bt Robert Hall (England) 5-3.