Kothari stuns Advani to lift snooker crown

Updated: May 05, 2010, 22:52 PM IST

Mumbai: Sourav Kothari today stunned India`s
number one cueist and top seed Pankaj Advani to win the Rs
3.10 lakh prize money Nahar-MIG All India Invitation Snooker
Championship 2010 here.

Kothari defeated Advani, only the second cueist in the
world after Paul Mifsud of Malta to capture the IBSF World
snooker as well as billiards crowns, 6-3 (81-1, 66-61, 37-62,
29-77, 72-38, 26-52, 77-0 73-0, 57-45) to clinch the title.

Kothari started with a 2-0 lead but then his Petroleum
Sports Promotion Board mate Advani fought back and caught him
at 2-2. Once again Kothari came back and won the fifth frame
to take the lead.

Advani pocketed the sixth frame and came level at three
all. But after that it was an all Kothari show as he took the
last three frames without giving Advani much of a chance.

Following the win, Kothari pocketed Rs one lakh as prize
money, while Advani had to be satisfied with Rs 50,000.

Advani praised Kothari`s skills and complimented him for
his brilliance.

Meanwhile, Kothari gave credit to his parents and
especially mentioned his father`s guidance as a key for his