New Delhi: Top Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta crashed out of the Ruhr Open after suffering defeats in the sixth round of the snooker tournament in Mulheim, Germany on Saturday.
Eight-time world champion Advani from Bangalore lost 2-4 to Barry Hawkins, while Mehta let go a 3-2 advantage to go down 3-4 to Stephen McGuire, who put in breaks of 101 and 75 in the sixth and seventh frames to wrap up the match.
India`s leading snooker professional, Advani had pocketed the first frame but he faded away after that as Hawkins grabbed the second and third on breaks of 69 and 63.
The fourth one was a close contest but Hawkins won on the colours for a 3-1 lead. The Indian pocketed the fifth, but Hawkins posted a 56 in the sixth to take the match away.
In another match, Mumbaikar Mehta took the first, fourth (59 break) and fifth (50 break) frames, before McGuire bounced back to sent the Indian packing.