Advani in World Snooker quarters

Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 22:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Ace Indian cuest Pankaj Advani stormed into the quarterfinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championships after defeating Mohammad Rais Sen Zahi of Afghanistan 5-2 in Damascus, Syria.

Advani, who won the billiards singles gold in Asian Games
last month, won 60-40, 110(109)-15, 114(114)-0, 73-69, 0-73,
41-68, 68-21.

In the quarterfinals, Advani will take on Malaysian Moh
Keen Hoo who defeated Duncan Bezzina of Malta 5-1 in another
pre-quarterfinal 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
knock-out stage round of 32 match.

In the women`s draw, India`s Vidya Pillai beat compatriot
Chitra Magimairaj 4-0 to move into the semifinal where she
faces Ng On Yee, who defeated another Indian Anuja Chandra 4-2
in the quarterfinals.

Vidya beat Chitra 63-43, 73-02, 75-05, 60-40 while Anuja
lost to Yee 07-65, 54-49, 06-77, 102(52)-19, 49-54, 75-40,

More than 200 players are participating in the
championship regarded as the most prestigious amateur snooker
tournament in the world.