Advani beats former world no 1 Higgins
India’s Pankaj Advani proved his mettle on Day 2 of the European Tour 2 Paul Hunter Classic by winning three matches in the same day stamping his authority at the Professional Snooker Circuit.
In the best-of-seven frames, the Indian cueist bagged his first game of the day beating 26-year-old Martin O’Donnell 4-0. Pankaj then moved on to Round 4 to face England’s Ian Burns.
Carrying the momentum, Advani was quick off the blocks and secured his second victory 4-1.
The 27-year-old took on former World No 1 John Higgins of Scotland in the third match Friday.
Higgins, currently ranked seven, did not allow the Indian to score in the first frame, winning it 1-0. Advani fought back to equalise in the second frame.
In a closely contested third frame, John Higgins scored a 66 break. With only 67 points on the table, Advani proceeded to score a 67-break taking a 2-1 lead.
Scoring a break of 60 in the fourth frame and 50 in the fifth frame, Pankaj stormed to a 4-1 victory.
The Asian Games champion is now drawn to play experienced Englishman Mark King for a place in the quarterfinals.