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Advani clinches World title, bags 3 Grand Doubles

Advani clinches World title, bags 3 Grand Doubles
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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. Bangalore’s ‘Golden Boy’ set the green baize on fire as he humbled England’s rising star Robert Hall 1928-893 in a one-sided contest to hand his mother, Kajal, a perfect birthday gift on Wednesday.

He had won the 150-up format last week after defeating Peter Gilchrist. Hall, who had got past Advani’s citymate Balachandra Bhaskar in the semifinals, could not stand up to the Indian ace and the Englishman’s maiden final appearance ended on a disappointing note. But it was all smiles for Advani, whose third grand double makes him the only billiards player to achieve this feat. Advani, 29, surpassed Mike Russell, who had won the double in 2010 and 2011. Advani’s previous grand doubles were in Malta in 2005 and in his hometown in 2008.
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