India`s Pankaj Advani came up with a typical late fightback to snatch a dramatic 10-9 win over Chinese Li Hang and join compatriot Aditya Mehta in the third round of the Professional World Snooker Championship qualifying tournament here.
Indian snooker stars Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta are all set to compete in the China Open, to be held in Beijing from March 31 to April 6, and will will be the last ranking tournament before the World Championship.
The cloud of uncertainly over Pankaj Advani`s participation in the Billiards and Snooker Nationals here this week has finally been lifted as the eight-time world champion has given his consent to be a part of the tournament, despite his hectic Pro circuit schedule.
India No 2 Aditya Mehta showed nerves of steel overcoming a stiff challenge from Manan Chandra in semifinals to set up a title clash against Kamal Chawla in the Kolkata Open Invitational Snooker Championship, here on Saturday.
India No 2 and reigning champion Aditya Mehta was stunned by Kamal Chawla 1-3 in a major surprise, even as both of them made the quarters from group A in the second Kolkata Open National Invitaion Snooker Championship here Friday.
Snooker stars from around the world descending on the capital to battle it out in the first ever Indian Open provided the watershed moment for Indian cuesport as the country`s players rounded off a successful year with titles coming their way at the international level.
Aditya Mehta and Ravi Goenka set up a final clash against Sourav Kothari and Ankit Kariwala as world champion Pankaj Advani crashed out of the quarters of the Pro-Am event of the Second Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship here Tuesday.
It was a disappointing end to India`s campaign in the International Championship as the two poster boys of Indian cue sport -- Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta -- bowed out of the major ranking snooker event, losing their respective first round matches on Tuesday.
After becoming the first Indian ever to reach the final of a major ranking event, it was a sad end to Aditya Mehta`s fairytale journey at the Indian Open world snooker as he went down tamely to China`s Ding Junhui in the summit clash here on Friday.
Aditya Mehta re-wrote cuesport history by becoming the first-ever Indian to reach the final of a professional snooker tournament as he overcame World No.5 Stephen Maguire from Scotland 4-3 in the semi-final of the Indian Open here Friday.