Ace Indian cuest Pankaj Advani stormed into the quarterfinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championships after defeating Mohammad Rais Sen Zahi of Afghanistan 5-2 in Damascus,Syria.
Advani,who won the billiards singles gold in Asian Games last month,won 60-40,110(109)-15,114(114)-0,73-69,0-73,41-68,68-21.
In the quarterfinals,Advani will take on Malaysian Moh Keen Hoo who defeated Duncan Bezzina of Malta 5-1 in another pre-quarterfinal match.
Advani had topped Group E by winning all six matches and then got the better of Mohammed Joaker of the UAE 5-4 in the knock-out stage round of 32 match.
In the women’s draw,India’s Vidya Pillai beat compatriot Chitra Magimairaj 4-0 to move into the semifinal where she faces Ng On Yee,who defeated another Indian Anuja Chandra 4-2 in the quarterfinals.
Vidya beat Chitra 63-43,73-02,75-05,60-40 while Anuja lost to Yee 07-65,54-49,06-77,102(52)-19,49-54,75-40,40-53.
More than 200 players are participating in the championship regarded as the most prestigious amateur snooker tournament in the world.
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