Pankaj Advani Wins World Billiards Championship
India’s most celebrated cueist Pankaj Advani clinched the World Billiards Championship (time format) title to bag a record 12th world crown and also complete a rare ‘Grand Double’ post his third win in both the long and short formats in the same year.
Advani, now 29, won a double in the IBSF World Billiards championship in Leeds this week, clinching titles in both points and timed formats for the third time after 2005 and 2008.
On winning his 12th world title on his mother’s birthday, he said, “This win is truly special. Apart from the dozen world titles and the third grand double, the main reason for it being so special is because it was won on my mother’s birthday. She is my rock. Happy birthday Mom! Hope you like your present
Advani, who won his first tournament when only 11, has developed and evolved into a top quality player in the past decade and his greatest asset is his mind, opined Sethi who also predicted that the Bangalorean will win at least 20-plus World titles.