Defending champion Pankaj Advani entered the quarterfinals of the Asian Snooker Championship after squeezing out a 4-2 win over Hong Kong’s Tam Yun Fung within the spherical of 16 on Wednesday.
In the quarterfinals, which to be performed on better of 9 frames, the Indian will meet Iraq’s Alijalil Ali who blanked his compatriot Laxman Rawat 4-0.
In the last-16 stage which have been performed on greatest of seven frames, Pankaj beat Tam 33-70, 90-01, 74-60, 119(80)-08, 13-65, 55-24 whereas his quarterfinal rival Iraqi beat Laxman 71-12, 66-44, 75-29, 72-61.
In the group matches, each the Indians pocketed a century every. Laxman, a 2019 World 6Reds champion, in Group ‘F’ scored one towards Omar Alajlani of Saudi Arabia whereas Pankaj, a 23-time World champion, had one towards Ali Hussein of Iraq in final Group ‘A’ match. Pankaj is the one participant who has received the title in all types of billiards, snooker, 6Reds, and 10Reds competitions.
Laxman will return house whereas Pankaj will keep again to compete within the Qatar 6Red World Cup beginning Friday.
Amir Sarkhosh and Siyavosh Mozayani of Iran, Haris Tahir of Pakistan, Khalid Kamali of the UAE, Saleh Mohammed of Afghanistan and Cheung Ka Wai of Hong Kong have been the opposite winners rising from the spherical of 16.
The occasion is the primary occasion for billiards and snooker since March 2020. At least 42 gamers from 19 international locations participated within the Asian championship together with Pakistan, India, Iraq, UAE, Qatar, Nepal, Iran, Hong Kong, Jordan, Palestine, Oman, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria and Mongolia gamers.
The ultimate can be performed on Thursday.
2012 Asian champ and nationwide reigning snooker champion Aditya Mehta, who was to compete right here, didn’t make it as a consequence of Covid protocol as he’s vaccinated with solely a single dose whereas the protocol is evident that each one travellers to Qatar should be totally inoculated to enter the Gulf nation.
Asian snooker is the primary main worldwide championship for Indian cueists after a 19-moth break as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. Another Indian, Ishpreet Singh will compete within the Qatar 6Red World Cup from September 17 to 21 together with nationwide 6Reds champ Pankaj.