Pankaj Advani wins Kolkata Open National Snooker, outclasses Aditya Mehta
Ace cueist Pankaj Advani downed two-time defending champion Aditya Mehta 5-1 in a flawless display to clinch the third Kolkata Open National Invitational Snooker Championship, here today.
Advani was off to a sedate start before clinching the issue by posting a break of 101 in the sixth game en route to a 75-56 (60), 76-19 (67), 87-47 (14), 73-17, 0-101 (101), 116-0 (101) win.
“Love to play international tournament here, BRC brings out my best. Looking forward to play more games here in future,” Advani, who missed the first two editions , said at the Bengal Rowing Club after winning a prize purse of Rs 1.25 lakh.
Advani further stated : “The way Aditya started, I never thought I would get to win the first frame. I think winning the first frame gave me the confidence to go ahead for a win. Had he managed to start off in a better way and finished it off to be 1-0 up, things could have been very different. When you know your opponent is very capable, you know you have to make use of the chances you get because you know there are going to be very few of them,” Pankaj said after the win.
Trailing 23-56, Advani capitalised on Mehta’s miss as he posted a break of 60 to take a 1-0 lead.
It was challenging second frame with both the cueists refusing to concede an inch. Mehta led 13-9 before Advani wrapped it up in an unfinished 67 break with only the colours left. Mehta led 47-5 but Advani held his composure to cruise to a 3-0 lead and then was up 4-0 at the break.
After the break, Mehta thundered to a 101-0 with the first century break but it was too little as Advani produced his best in the sixth game to win his maiden title in the Kolkata Open with an identical break of 101.