India's Pankaj Advani makes snooker history in Newport
Last Updated: 14/02/13 8:03pm
Pankaj Advani makes history in Newport
Pankaj Advani made history at the BetVictor Welsh Open on Thursday by becoming the first Indian player to reach the quarter-finals of one of snooker's world ranking events.
The 27-year-old from Pune beat Scotland's Graeme Dott 4-1, to register his second victory over a former world champion this week.
He had earlier beaten Shaun Murphy in round one and, against Dott in Newport, won the opening two frames thanks to breaks of 63 and 73.
Advani, a multiple world billiards champion but playing as a newcomer on the main snooker tour this season, lost the third frame but sealed an impressive win with a break of 100 in the fifth.
He told worldsnooker.com: "I am surprising myself with this run but I'm just going with the flow.
"It's exciting to be playing against the best in the world, at the top level and under the best conditions."
His next opponent will be world No 2 Judd Trump who eased past Andrew Higginson 4-1.
Defending champion Ding Junhui is also through after beating Mark Allen 4-2 but another ex-world champion to crash out was Neil Robertson who lost 4-3 to Stuart Bingham.
The Australian had looked in a strong position during the final frame when he led 64-9 until he missed a red, allowing Bingham to take advantage with a match-winning break of 56.
Bingham now meets Ken Doherty in the quarter-finals after the Irishman overcame Tom Ford 4-3.
But there will be no home representation in the last eight, following a defeat for Welshman Matthew Stevens who let slip a 2-1 lead to lose 4-2 to Scot Stephen Maguire.