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Advani reigns supreme

Panaji: Six-time world champion Pankaj Advani on Sunday clinched the 11th ONGC Asian Billiards Championship title after defeating Thawat Sujaritthurakarn of Thailand in the final here.

Although Advani was the one who started the proceedings on a positive note by winning the opening game, it was Thawat who actually impressed in the initial stages of the match played at the Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias Miramar by taking the second and third games to secure a 2-1 lead. Having won the second game, Thawat showed not only is he a very capable player but also has an intelligent head over his shoulders.

Employing a credible strategy to keep Advani away from the table for as long as possible, Thawat played the ‘white in-off’ method of scoring repeatedly and double baulked whenever the opportunity came his way.

Under a bit of pressure as he was trailing 1-2, Advani stroked the balls well and compiled an unbeaten century-break to take the fourth game and restore parity at 2-2.

Advani notched up a 73 break to win the fifth game, leaving Thawat stranded once again at 0.

Showing no mercy, Advani just went about his job of scoring in a fluent manner with clinical efficiency to record another unbeaten century break on way to pocketing the sixth game.