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Pankaj Advani becomes first Indian to reach quarter-finals of Welsh Open
Panjak Advani after defeating Graeme Dott 4-1 has successfully reached the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open 2013 at Newport, Wales. With this victory, he has become the first and the only Indian to reach the quarter-finals of a world ranking event.

It is only this season that the multiple billiards champion, Advani has taken to snooker, but his performances don't indicate that he is a new entrant in snooker. Such has been his performance, especially in the ongoing Welsh Open, that he has defeated two world champions en route to the quarter-finals namely Shaun Murphy in round one and Graeme Dott being his last victim in the pre-quarters.

He was very happy with his performance, and said, “Being the only Indian to make it to the quarters of any professional snooker ranking tournament, is a huge high for me. I really have no words to express how amazing this feels. I hope this will translate into big steps forward in Indian snooker,” reported website First Post.

But the new entrant to the field of snooker, Advani is going to face a difficult task in his quarter-final encounter, as he is set to face World No.2 Judd Trump, who won his match against Andrew Higginson 4-1. Advani must be a confident player, as he has had an impressive season so far beating players such as Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Michael Holt, and Mark King just to name a few among a list of players, who have fallen prey to the Indian.

The winner of the championship will receive 50,000 pounds and the runner up - 30,000 pounds. So, if Advani comes up with the kind of performances that he has been showcasing in this tournament, he might well be on course to win the Welsh Open 2013 and make himself richer.

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