New Delhi: Reigning champion Pankaj Advani and veteran cueist Geet Sethi will spearhead the Indian
challenge in the World Professional Billiards Championships
beginning in Leeds, UK on Wednesday.
While five-time champion Sethi will make his 19th
appearance at the five-day-long event, national snooker
champion Advani would be seen in action for the fourth time.
Advani had defeated nine-time champion Mike Russell
2030-1253 last year in September to win the elusive World
Professional Billiards Championship. Sethi, on the other hand,
failed to advance to the knockout stage in the previous
Advani, who turned professional in 2007 at the same
event, would be looking to get back to winning ways after
failing to defend his IBSF World Billiards (point and time
format) and national billiards titles this year.
For the 25-year-old Bangalorean, the road to success is
not going to be easy as the field comprises of nine times
world champion Russell, Singapore`s Peter Gilchrist and
Myanmar`s Nay Thway Oo.
Russell had beaten Advani in the summit clash of IBSF
Billiards point format title in Pune this year and also got
the better of the Indian in the semifinals of Time format too.
"World professional championship is a major event where I
will be defending my title. It`s going to be an action-packed
five days with best cueists in the world competing for the
coveted title," Advani told reporters.
"Russell is a good player and I am aware of his skills
and technique. Apart from him, Gilchrist is another player to
look out for," said the ace cueist.