The big guns Pankaj Advani (PSPB), Geet Sethi (Gujarat) and defending champion Alok Kumar (PSPB) qualified for the knock-out stage of the senior National billiards championships here Thursday by topping their respective groups.
Pankaj Advani, was yet again cynosure of all eyes with his gold medal win at the Guangzhou Asian Games but overall it was an average year for the Indian cueists as titles eluded them at the major international events.
Indian cueists’ rich medal haul in the ongoing Asian Games is a shot in the arm for cue sports and would give it a chance to push for a place in the sports ministry’s ‘priority list’, feels Pankaj Advani.
Former World Professional champion Pankaj Advani and legendary Geet Sethi are confident of a good show by the Indian cueists in this month`s Asian Games in Chinaand said the contingent will look to double its medal count this year
Pankaj Advani`s hopes of winning the World Professional Billiards title for the second time went up in smoke after Dhruv Sitwala registered a hard fought 723-608 win over the reigning champion in the quarterfinals of the event.