Fresh from his 17th world title win, India's Pankaj Advani moved into the semifinal round of the IBSF World Billiards Championship 2017 in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday, thus assuring himself a medal.
Advani overcame the challenge of Singapore's Peter Gilchrist in the quarterfinal stage, winning 1000-791 with the help of a break of 391, the highest in the tournament thus far. In the other quarterfinals, Sourav Kothari battles it out with England's Robert Hall while Dhruv Sitwala takes on Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar. The winner of these two matches go against each other in the second semifinal match on Wednesday.
Advani's opponent in the semifinals will be Englishman Mike Russell, who secured a commanding 1000-175 win over Myanmar's Aung Htay in their quarterfinal match up.