Advani in World Snooker C`ship pre-quarters

Bangalore: Continuing his winning streak and appearing a cut above others, Indian ace cueist Pankaj Advani scripted a sizzling victory to enter pre-quarterfinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship at KSBA auditorium on Thursday.

The seven-time world champion`s 5-0 demolition of Ireland`s Mark Tuite would give a much-needed boost to his self-belief, which is a bit low in the event of not being able to win a single international title this year.

Even before the Indian fans could settle down in their seats, Advani powered in a classy 73-24 to win the initial frame 1-0 in the best-of-nine frame encounter against Tuite.

He continued dominating his rival almost putting him out of race with runs of 77-36 and 61-23 in the second and third frames. A break of 61 points in the fourth frame ensured there were no qualms for the former champion. He won the fourth and fifth frames 92-0 and 57-43.

Besides Advani, former champion from Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh defeated Egypt`s Mohammad Khairy 5-1 to seal his place in pre-quarters.

Thepchaiya outclassed Khairy 99-0 77-18 0-92 108-40 70-15 91-15, rifling in classy breaks of 99 77 84 in first, fifth and sixth frames.

Scotland`s Craig Macgillivray thrashed Ukraine`s Sergiy Isayenko 5-1 and booked a berth in the pre-quarters.

The Ukranian cueist let Craig off the hook in his 55-62 8-67 76-18 17-67 1-86 5-100 defeat in a match that seemed one-sided.

Australian cueist Vinnie Calabrese also stormed into the last 16 beating Syria`s Karam Fateima 5-0.


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