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Pankaj Advani has moved one step closer to his 18th World Championship title. He was recently crowned as world champion for the 17th time and he has his sights set on another title after overcoming Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist in the quarterfinals of the long-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship 2017.
Advani moved into the semi-finals after his 391 break, highest of the tournament so far, to beat Gilchrist 1000-791. His win in the quarter-finals secured a medal for India. He will now face Englishman Mike Russell on Wednesday.
Russell was also quick to wrap up his quarter-final. He overpowered his Myanmar opponent Aung Htay 1000-175. While Advani had a break of 391, Russell too had a big break of 344 to reach the required 1000-mark and advance to the next round.
In the other two quarter-finals, India’s Sourav Kothari battles it out with England’s Robert Hall while Dhruv Sitwala takes on Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar. The winner of these two matches will be up against each other in the other semi-final of the tournament on Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)