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Advani hot favourite for World C’ship

Advani hot favourite for World C’ship
The holder of 12 world titles Pankaj  (in pic) Advani is one of the title favourites in the men’s section and three-time champion Darren Morgan is one to watch out for in masters’ category in the IBSF world snooker championship starting Wednesday. Apart from Advani, Vidya Pillai will be carrying the burden of flying the tri-colour high in the women’s singles category. The Bengaluru girl is the reigning women’s national champion.

Advani is riding high on confidence after winning the grand double at the world billiards championships and IBSF World 6-Reds snooker. He had also won gold in the world team championship.

Advani, however, has not practised much to keep himself hungry and save energy ahead of the world event. ‘I do not want to practice much for next one week because I want to stay hungry and save energy when it matters,’ he said. The ace Indian cueist would love to play before the home crowd, but would have to tackle with the pressure of playing well. ‘It is lovely to play before the home crowd but there will be pressure of not disappointing them,’ he said.

The event will see some good players from China and Thailand, who would like to showcase their talent on the green baize, and not want to be discounted in the titles stakes. There are players from the world snooker hub United Kingdom.

Advani also knows it would not be easy to make his way up the ladder as he has to face challenges from players hailing from China, UK, Honk Kong, Australia and Thailand.

‘There are some outstanding players from different countries, different continent. There are cueists from China, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and Thailand. It is not easy to go through every one of them,’ he said.
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