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Pankaj Advani books place in quarterfinals of IBSF World Snooker Championship

New Delhi: Fifteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani booked his place in the quarterfinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship being held at Doha.

Defending his 2015 title, Advani stayed on course with identical victories in the last-32 and prequarterfinal matches. The ace cueist overcame Pakistan’s Babar Masih and then Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia with 5-3 scorelines. The last-16 tie against the Malaysian included a stunning 126 break by Advani.

Advani is the sole men’s player remaining from India and will have to get the better of Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon to secure a medal at the Worlds. The quarterfinal will take place later today.

Results: Last 32: Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Babar Masih (Pakistan) 5-3 68-22, 51-72, 67(54)-74, 95-19, 7-113(68), 83-1, 75(61)-17, 84-19

Prequarterfinal: Pankaj Advani beat Keen Hoo Moh (Malaysia) 5-3 13-63, 100(68)-20, 133(126)-7, 34-72, 44-76, 83-20, 49-45, 70-43.

PTI