Leeds: Pankaj Advani, added yet another jewel to his glowing crown, outplaying former champion Peter Gilchrist in the 150 up points format World billiards championship final and pocket his 11th world title, here on Friday.
Advani, 29, conquered the Singaporean cueist Gilchrist 6-2 in a high quality final of the shorter format of billiards. Advani had lost 3-2 to Gilchrist in the league stage.
Gilchrist was off to a flying start in the final with a 145 unfinished that secured the first frame. Advani responded with a 127 in the second to even the score. Gilchrist surged ahead to 2-1 but that was the last frame he was to win in the final.
After the third frame, it was the Advani show. The next two frames saw the Indian score heavily with two unfinished breaks of 108 and 150 to go into the interval with a slender 3-2 lead.
On return from the mid-session break, Advani was in demolition mode and won the next 3 frames to lift his 11th world title.
Advani now is the holder of three different world titles in 2014 — the IBSF World 6-Red snooker title, the World Team billiards title and now the World billiards championship (point format).
“I’m on 11th heaven! I returned to India to focus on this very event and it has paid off. Gilchrist was the most dangerous competitor of the tournament and in a dream final I am happy with the way I performed,” said an elated Advani after the triumph.
Advani had outplayed compatriot Sourav Kothari 5-2 in one semifinal, while Gilchrist had edged out England’s Robert Hall 5-3 in the other.
The scores: Final: Pankaj Advani bt Peter Gilchrist (Sin) 6-2 [23-151(145unf), 151(127)-16, 116-150, 151(108unf)-104, 150(150unf)-0, 151(118)-58, 150-4, 150(77unf)-145(104)].