Pool shark from India knocks off two former world champions in same snooker tournament

Published: February 15, 2013

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pankaj Advani

Pankaj Advani is the first player from India to advance to the quarter-finals of a major international snooker tournament. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images files

NEWPORT, WALES — An Indian snooker player has reached the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the first time since the inaugural World Snooker Championship event was staged in 1927.

Pankaj Advani, a newcomer on the main snooker tour this season, beat Graeme Dott 4-1 at the Welsh Open late Thursday to advance to the last eight.

Dott was the second former world champion beaten by Advani at the tournament in Newport, Wales. The Pune native also defeated Shaun Murphy in the first round.

Advani told the World Snooker website that “I am surprising myself with this run, but I’m just going with the flow and trying to keep winning.”


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