The 29-year-old Indian ace, Pankaj Advani hopes to be a giant-killer in the second edition of the Indian Open Snooker World Ranking Tournament. The £300,000-pound event is scheduled to be held from 10th-14th March, 2015 at the grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai.
Advani, had reached the semifinals in the first edition of the tournament in Delhi before losing to compatriot Aditya Mehta.
When asked about his preparations coming into the tournament, he said
“The Star tables, which are used on the professional tour, are very quick and we have to get used to playing on these tables. I had a hit at the tables this afternoon and hope that in the next two days we get used to the tables. The surface is very fast and sensitive and you have to play with a soft touch because the cue ball tends to skid a lot. Getting used to the tables is paramount as we will be able to know our limitations and decide exactly what shots are possible.”
Advani further added
“Winning the first match will give us confidence of a good run in the tournament. I will definitely try to use my two years’ experience on the pro circuit which should hold me in good stead”
Advani takes on Welshman Rhys Clark in the pre-tournament wild card qualifiers on the first day of the event and a win will help to qualify for the 64-player main draw. When asked about his first opponent, Advani said
“I have not played against Rhys before but he’s a much-improved player now and has wins over some top professionals”.
Aditya Mehta has already qualified for this tournament and we hope that Advani will be able to join his compatriot and also achieve more than what he did in the previous edition of the tournament. Sports Rediscovered wishes the Indian players at the tournament all the best.