Pankaj Advani scored yet another major upset win by defeating world no: 8 Stuart Bingham of England in an exciting match that was stretched to the very last frame. Pankaj had a great start winning the first frame 99-26 , but Stuart came back like a champ to sweep the 2nd one 1-117 . Pankaj then went on to win the next 2 frames 80-15 and 69-16 . Stuart then bounced back by leveling the score at 3-3 after winning two frames 11-72 ,8-119 . But the Indian cueist clinched the last one 86-30 to storm into the quarterfinals.
India’s Aditya Mehta also showed his class as he entered the quarterfinals by defeating a much higher ranked player . He defeated World No:17 Mark J Williams of Wales 4-2. The detailed score is 34-65 ,79-21 ,85-0 ,45-74 ,63-49, 70-41 .
This is a great moment for Indian snooker as 2 Indian players have reached the quarterfinals of a professional snooker ranking event and that too in the inaugural edition of Indian Open. In the quarterfinals later today, they will be competing against each other. This means that only one of them will be able to proceed to the semifinals tomorrow, but assures that there will be an Indian presence in the semis.