Advani enters final; in sight of second IBSF world title

New Delhi: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani
on Wednesday stormed into the finals of the IBSF World Snooker
championships after defeating Rodney Goggins of Ireland 7-4 in
Damascus, Syria.

Advani, who won the billiards singles gold in Asian Games
last month, won 53-41, 77-44, 48-90, 114-08, 52-44, 32-81, 19-61,
60-18, 22-69, 89-01, 59-08 in the best-of-13 frames semi-final.

The 25-year-old Bangalorean will now meet Dechawat
Poomajaeng of Thailand in the best-of-19 frames summit clash

Poomajaeng defeated his compatriot Noppadol Sangnil 7-5
in the other last-four 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
round of 32 match.

In the quarterfinal, he had crushed the challenge of Moh
Keen Hoo of Malaysia 6-1 in the best-of-11 frame contest.

The 2003 champion Advani had taken a strong 4-2 lead
against Goggins after the first session of the semifinal

Meanwhile, in the women`s event, national champion Vidya
Pillai crashed out of the semifinals, losing 25-64 7-67 19-59
41-84 to Ng On Yee.