FOR Pankaj Advani, the elusive wait continues. The ace Indian cueist has won almost everything across all formats of cue sports, but the Asian snooker title continues to evade him all the time.
The defeat to China’s unheralded Lyu Haotian in Qatar was Advani’s fourth defeat in the final and second in Doha since he lost to compatriot Aditya Mehta in the 2012 title clash at the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation Hall.
The other occasions on which Advani lost in the finals were in 2004 in Jordan to compatriot Alok Kumar and in 2015 to Pakistan’s Hamza Akbar in Malaysia.
Advani arrived in Doha fresh from his sixth Asian billiards title in Chandigarh and was hoping to end the long wait for the snooker crown. But Lyu had other ideas.
Advani , 31, was looking at the positives.
“At World Championships, I’ve won from some hopeless positions where I should’ve lost. So, I would rather triumph at the Worlds and not win the Asian snooker title than win the Asian snooker once or twice and lose four or five World Championships of billiards, 15-Reds snooker or the 6-Reds version,” said Advani.
In Doha, the top-seeded Indian was in good form, taming one opponent after the other en route to the final.
Though lady luck did not smile on him in the title clash, Advani is not worried and is instead focusing his attention on the Asian 6-Reds Championship, to be held from May 13 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he is the defending champion.
“Sometimes, things aren’t destined to happen. That’s okay because it keeps me motivated to go for something that hasn’t gone my way. I’m just grateful to the fact that I’ve had the opportunity and given myself a chance every single time I’ve played the Asian Snooker Championships. I would turn my attention now on 6-Reds title defence in Kyrgyzstan,” he concluded.