19-time World champion, India’s Pankaj Advani has reached the final of the Asian Tour 10Reds Snooker 2018 second championship in Jinan, China.
Pankaj defeated the first championship winner Muhammad Bilal of Pakistan in a lop sided affair 5-1. Pankaj was going all guns blazing and looked to dominate at the outset. He opened his account with a brilliant break of 93 points to take the 1st frame lead. Though, Bilal took the second frame but after that Advani posted two more breaks of 58 and 40 points in next two frames to increase his lead by 3-1.
Bilal had a chance of winning the fifth frame but on a score of 23 he miscalculated the shot and instead of getting position for red, the cue ball collided with the green ball to end his break. Even the safety didn’t work for the Pakistani and Pankaj took away the frame. In the fifth frame, Pankaj once again crafted brilliant break of 84 points to close the proceedings and send home the defending champion, Bilal.
Pankaj has improved on his performance last month in the first leg, where he had to settle for a Bronze medal. The score line read as Pankaj Advani (India) beat Mohammed Bilal (Pakistan) 5-1: 93(93)-0, 5-56, 62(58)-1, 42(40)-34, 37-23, 85(84)-4.
In the second semi-final, Ju Reti of China also dominated first four frames where he made breaks of 82, 68 and 95 to curtail Huang on single digit scoring in first four frames. However, Huang tried a recovery with a break of 69 points but once again Ju Reti posted another break of 65 points in sixth frame to seal the match 5-1.
It will be interesting to see both of them in the final as one is a 19-time World champion and another former Asian Players Tour Championship winner in 2013.The final will be played for best of 11 frames.
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