China's 14-year-old Yan Bingtao on Friday scripted a sensational upset as he sent 12-time world title holder Pankaj Advani packing with a 6-4 victory in the quarter-finals of the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bengaluru.
Advani, who has had a good run in the tournament till date, could not concentrate on his game.
Pankaj started his quarter-final by losing the first frame 38-63 and the next 47-75. He had 44 break points but Bingtao's 57 helped the Chinese to clinch the second frame.
There was something to cheer for the Indian fans when Pankaj convincingly pocketed the next three frames 107-0, 68-10 and 60-16, thus taking 3-2 lead.
He lost the plot and conceded the sixth frame quite easily to Bingtao 4-83 as the Chinese exhibited incredible temperament to level the proceedings at 3-3 each.
Advani then prevailed in the seventh frame by beating him by an 89-24 margin with 79 break points, taking a crucial 4-3 lead.
But he lost the next three frames 40-67, 26-71 and 40-59, thus conceding the rubber to Bingtao. "I was not able to concentrate. I also did not play well. Bingtao too did not play any great snooker but I am not taking anything away from him," Advani said later.