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Cueist Advani fails to defend world title

other Updated: Aug 24, 2010 00:45 IST
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India ace cueist Pankaj Advani failed to defend his IBSF Billiards title in the Point format, going down 0-6 to nine-time world champion England's Mike Russell in a one-sided final in Pune.

Russell, who lost to Advani in the World Professional Billiards championship in Leeds last year, produced an impeccable display of cue control and dipping to beat the seven-time world champion Indian 151-129, 151-00, 151-29, 150-20, 151-09, 151-125.

Earlier in the day, Advani survived a scare against Singapore's Peter Gilchrist in the semifinal to set up a title clash with Russell.

Russel had defeated another Indian and eight-time world champion Geet Sethi in the last-four stage at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana Centre.

In the summit clash, Russell maintained his country's domination and scored as many as four 100 breaks (129, 145, 128 and 149) to rip apart the challenge of 24-year-old Advani.

Russell kept Advani under pressure right from the start with some lovely positional play and with touch of softness dipped the balls in different pockets much to the enjoyment of the audience. With writing already on the wall, Russell picked up the decider 151-125 to raise his cue in delight to the beaming English contingent.