Leeds: India’s Pankaj Advani won his seventh World Billiards title when he outclassed defending champion Mike Russell 1,895-1,216 in the final of the time format on Sunday.
Leading 872-614 at the half-way mark in the five-hour match, the 27-year-old Advani displayed greater consistency than Russell to repeat his 2009 victory against the 43-year-old Qatar-based Englishman.
Advani’s triumph completed a fine outing for the Indians as on Saturday, Rupesh Shah won the title in the 150-up points format defeating Australia’s Matthew Bolton 6-2 in the final.
Advani had chosen to play in the World Billiards ahead of the Professional Snooker circuit.
In the early stages of the match, Russell posted a break of 397. But Advani soon jumped to a 400-point lead following a run of 298.
Advani secured points on virtually every opportunity to stay well clear of his rival.
In the final hour, Russell all but threw in the towel as Advani extended his advantage on a couple of century breaks to snuff out the challenge.
On Saturday, Rupesh became the fifth Indian cueist to lift the world title twice after he beat Australia's Matthew Bolton 6-2.
Starting by winning the lag, he won the first game comfortably but in the next game, Bolton levelled the match 1-1 at the Northern Snooker Centre.