The IBSF World Championship kicked off at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Indian star cueist Pankaj Advani and national champion Vidya Pillai began their campaign with a win in their respective categories. Advani defeated Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia 4-2 while Vidya Pillai registered a comfortable 3-0 win over Anastasjia Singurindi of Russia.
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With 12 world titles to his name and fresh from a historic double in World Billiards, Pankaj Advani began strongly with breaks of 65 and 85 to take the first two frames. Keen Hoo Moh showed that he was no easy customer by winning the next two frames to level the game. Advani regained his lost touch to win the next two frames and seal the match. The 29 year-old has good experience of the world championship environment as he was crowned champion in 2003 and finished 2nd in 2010. Playing at home will be a great advantage for both these Indian players.
VIDYA starts with a WIN:
In the women’s circuit, Vidya Pillai who has won two bronze medals in the earlier editions of the world championships, beat her Russian opponent 3-0. After a shaky first frame, Vidya came back strongly and struck a break of 49 in the 3rd frame. Neena Praveen, Chitra Magimairajan, Amee Kamani, Neeta Sanghvi and Meenal Thakur were other female cueists from India who won their opening games.
POST MATCH QUOTES:
“I did not play well today, but am happy to win my first match. I got into some sort of rhythm in the 3rd frame during my 49 break. Hopefully I can carry the momentum.,”- Vidya Pillai.
“I’m happy to get the first match out of the way and yes, it was in a way good to spend more time at the table, but it was a wake up call for me. I need to improve on my safety play which I was not happy with today.”- Pankaj Advani.