Pankaj Advani

Pankaj Advani became the first Indian cueist to win a medal at the prestigious Sangsom 6 Red Snooker World Championship after taking the bronze following his semi-final loss to Chinese Ding Junhui, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday.

In the quarter-finals, the Indian received a walkover after Michael Holt withdrew due to personal reasons.

“Winning the first medal for India in this championship and with this level of competition means you have done well. I am an outsider in this tournament and coming this far feels very rewarding,” Advani said of his performance.

“Ding is a phenomenal player. I got the better of him in the group stage but today he was the better player. I wish him best of luck for the finals,” the ace Indian cueist added.

Semi-final score:

Ding Junhui vs Pankaj Advani 7-4, 0-37, 68-0, 73-0, 41-26, 49-15, 7-57, 0-57, 67-0, 57-0, 20-34, 69-9.

Image: Pankaj Advani