Pankaj Advani successfully defends 6-Red world snooker title

KARACHI: India’s Pankaj Advani successfully defended his World 6-Red crown by defeating Chinese teen sensation Yan Bingtao 5-2 in the final of the IBSF World 6-Red Championship at the Movenpick Hotel Karachi.


Bingtao is rated very highly after becoming the youngest ever amateur champion last year but Advani’s experience showed as he eased to an almost perfect win with a scoreline of 37-21, 57-00, 32-29, 00-66, 08-38, 48-00 75 (71)-00 and 40-28.

“It’s a great feeling to successfully defend my title, snooker is such an unpredictable game” said Advani, before going on to praise the event. “Great hospitality and event.”

The losing finalist, Bingtao, was also upbeat despite being on the wrong end of the Advani masterclass.

“I didn’t even think I’d reach the final,” he said. “I just came into this tournament hoping to learn and gain as much practice as I can in order to be ready for the professional circuit next year. It was great playing in Pakistan.”

Earlier in the day, Advani was pushed much further in the semi-finals by Pakistan’s Asjad Iqbal, who led the match 0-2 initially, only for the defending champion to come from behind and take the match 5-4.

Mohammad Asif was the other Pakistani semi-finalist who fell at the penultimate hurdle as he too was downed 5-4 by Bingtao in what was the match of the tournament so far.

Hong Kong’s Ng On-Yee beat India’s Vidya Pillai 5-2 in the final to claim the women 6-Red world championship.

The 24-year-old was understandably delighted. “I’m absolutely over the moon,” stated an elated On-Yee. “I felt very nervous even though I’ve won this tournament before because Vidya is a very good player.”

On-Yee defeated top-seed India’s Amee Kamani 4-1 in the semi-final by scores of 18-61, 36-17, 42-08, 39-0, 50-0 and then thrashed Kamani’s second-seed compatriot Pillai by scores of 44-00, 36-02, 37-07, 46-11, 07-39, 01-38 and 37-06.

“I’m really frustrated about the way the game went,” said Pillai. “I just couldn’t get the balls to go in and once she was 4-0 up, I knew there was very little I could do. I’m grateful to the PBSA for their hospitality.

The event was well-organised, the security arrangements were great and I’m surprised more players and countries didn’t show up.”