Indian Billiards ace Pankaj Advani pocketed his seventh National billiards Championship beating Dhruv Sitwala 5-0 on Saturday at the Bengal Rowing Club. The start of the game did not go as Pankaj wanted but after the first frame, it was all too easy for Pankaj.
He posted breaks of 150 and 153 to sweep the match in style. Sitwala produced his best spell of the match in the fourth frame when he posted a break of 81 but was nowhere near Advani’s 150 in the same frame.
“I was feeling on top of the world after posting back to back 150s because it does not happen very often. I’m extremely happy to produce my best game in the final” Advani said after winning the National tournament.
“It’s the first tournament of the year. I’m happy with the way it unfolded for me. I had a few tough games in the knockout stages, I’m extremely happy to come all the way and qualify for international tournaments,” Advani added.
The 12 time World Champion also had high praise for his opponent and said that he was happy for Sitwala who finished second.
“He has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the previous round and performed extremely well under pressure. I’m happy to see him back where he belongs — in the top of the rankings.” He said.
Here’s wishing Pankaj all the best for the season ahead, you can also read our interview with Pankaj Advani here.