Pankaj Advani defeated Sourav Kothari 6-3 to win the Asian Billiards Championship final which was conducted in Chandigarh on 14 April 2017. It is his seventh Asian title. Born on 24 July 1985, Pankaj Advani is an Indian professional player of English billiards and former professional snooker player.
Asian Billiards Championship final: Pankaj Advani defeated Sourav Kothari 6-3 54-101(68), 89(84)-100(100), 100 (76)-9, 58-101(99), 100(92)-0, 102(102)-0, 100(81)-0, 100-42, 101(67)-0.
Highlights of Asian Billiards Championship:
- The first session saw Kothari run away with a 3-1 lead before the interval.
- Advani, after the break, came in his full form and showed his potential by winning the next frames on the trot to win his sixth Asian Billiards and seventh overall Asian championship.
- He is India’s first world champion in 6-red snooker.
- He has made a hat-trick of hat-tricks in English billiards, acquiring the World, Asian, and Indian National Championship titles simultaneously, in three different years: 2005, 2008 and 2012.
- In 2012, he became a snooker professional.
- He is the only player ever to win world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker (15-red standard and 6-red) and both formats of English billiards (time and point).
- He along with Rupesh Shan, Devendra Joshi, and Ashok Shandilya won the first ever World Team Billiards Championship which was held on 14 August 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland.
- In 2004, he was honored with the Arjuna Award.
- In 2006, he was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
- He was honored with the Padma Shri award in 2009.