Pankaj Advani from India has won the 19th Asian Billiards Championship 2022 here in Doha, Qatar. In the final, Pankaj defeated his compatriot Dhruv Sitwala 6-2. The final began with the break of 50 points by Dhruv but the moment he went out of position, Pankaj applied the break of 76 points and obtained the first game lead. He continued the same momentum and crafted a century break in the second game followed by 76 in the third to take the quick lead of 3-0. Dhruv, however, responded with a classy break of 82 points in the fourth game and bring down the margin. He was in an excellent position in the fifth game where he was on another big break but after scoring 90 points with the break of 78, missed an easy in-off. Pankaj instantly grabbed that moment and sent another break of 82 points to raise the lead 4-1 and then 5-1 with another break of 67. The seventh frame was a bit tight where no break was scored but both scored at regular intervals taking the score to 88-100 in favour of Dhruv. Dhruv once again attempted an excellent recovery and tried to seal the 8th frame but on a break of 78, he missed the cannon. That was the time when Pankaj decided to close the proceedings and he did by sending a break of 94 to win the Asian Billiards title 6-2 eighth time in his career taking his tally for Asian titles to 12 in total. After the victory, Pankaj quoted “This title means so much to me. We haven’t played competitive billiards in almost 3 years. It was a bittersweet feeling to lift the trophy as I had to defeat my close friend Dhruv. I am very happy for him and would like to congratulate him on his excellent performance. The Asian Billiards is a tough event to win as it is played over the point (short format) and you never know who will come out on top! I can’t believe I have won 8 billiards titles taking the total tally of Asian Golds to 12. Dhruv quote “I was extremely delighted to win two hard-fought victories, both coming in the decider frames at crucial stages of the especially the semi-finals against former World Champion C Praput of Thailand. I am happy that my best friend Pankaj won the Gold Medal.” For Dhruv, this was his third appearance in the Asian final and in the previous two, he won the titles. Being semi-finalists, former World Champion Praput Chaithanasukan from Thailand and Pauk Sa from Myanmar claimed bronze medals for their country. The presentation ceremony was graced by ACBS President Mohamed Salem Al-Nuaimi, President QBSF Mr. Mubarak Al-Ramzani, Dr. Min Niang President Myanmar Federation and other dignitaries from the Qatar federation.

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