Pankaj Advani lost to 14 year old sensation Yan Bingtao from China in the Quarterfinals . Yan Bingtao went on to become the youngest World Snooker champion by defeating Muhammad Sajjad 8-7 in a nail-biting final at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor stadium.
Quarterfinals – Chinese Teenager Shocks Advani:
Pankaj Advani, who is the holder of 12 world titles and was a favourite to win this tournament, lost 4-6 to 14 year-old Chinese sensation Yan Bingtao.Pankaj Advani made a poor start, losing the first two frames 38-63 and 47-75. Pankaj dug in to make a strong comeback ,winning the next three frames 107-0, 68-10 and 60-16, and thereby taking a 3-2 lead.
At that stage Pankaj gave away a frame to his Chinese opponent, losing 4-83 to level the game 3-3. The 29 year-old Indian cueist won the next frame 89-24, but it was the Chinese who stole the show as he won the next three frames 60-47, 71-26 and 59-40 to seal the match. Pankaj Advani would be a disappointed man to have not ended the year with another title.
Sajjad Halts Manan’s Impressive Run:
Manan Chandra also had a good run in the tournament but lost his quarterfinal match against Pakistan’s Muhammad Sajjad 1-6. The Pakistani cueist was at his best as he completely blanked his opponent.
In the women’s category, Chitra Magimairajan couldn’t do much against her Belgian opponent Wendy Jams. In another one-sided affair, she was beaten 1-4 by Wendy. The Belgian cueist won her third title in a row after beating Anastasia Nechaeva of Russia 5-2 in the final.
World Championship- Good Exposure For Indian Cueists:
The tournament offered great exposure to the Indian cueists as they played some of the best names in snooker. Pankaj Advani had a match to forget but after a long successful season this would be just a blip on the radar that will server as extra motivation next year.