Pankaj Advani in pre-quarters

Indian ace Pankaj Advani outclassed Japan's Hiroshi Matsumura 4-0 and motorized into the knockout pre-quarterfinals of the Asian Snooker Championship at the Yeshwant Club at Indore. Against the Japanese cueist in the clash late on Monday night, Advani hardly put a foot wrong and came up with a sizzling break of 129 in the second frame of the best-of-seven-frame clash. Although he eased his foot on the handle in the last two frames, the Indian still carried far too many guns for Matsumura.

With three wins in the five-player Group 'B', Advani is assured of a place in the last-16 stage irrespective of the result of his last league clash against Thailand's Yuttapop Pakpoj, thanks to his superior frame difference. Also joining Advani in the knockout were Aditya Mehta from Group 'H' and Karnataka's IH Manudev from Group 'E'. While the last completed with three wins out of four, Mehta jagged up three wins out of three. His clash with UAE's Mohd Shehad will only decide the group topper.


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