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Pankaj creates history, becomes first in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time
With this win, Pankaj also created history, winning the Asian Title while currently the World Title holder in the same format.
With a confidence boosting semi-final victory of 6-1 against compatriot Aditya Mehta to book his spot in the finals and closer to winning his first continental title, Pankaj clearly walked to the table with the utmost poise winning the first frame 39-4.
With a loss of the second frame, 6-51 to the Malaysian who scored a break of 51, Pankaj owned the third frame to win it 40-14 before losing the fourth frame, 37-0. The fifth and sixth frame belonged solely to the young Pankaj who cleared the table 41-7 and 44-8 respectively. With Pankaj leading the match 4 frames to 2 at the end of six frames, Keen Hoh Moh fought back to get into the game winning the seventh frame, 38-21 and losing the eight frame to Pankaj, 24-45 with Pankaj securing a 45 break in the frame.
By the ninth frame, the match was extremely close with Pankaj leading the Malaysian by a Single Frame and extended that victory to a difference of two frames winning the tenth frame, 45-36.
With a lead of 2 frames at 6 Frames to 4 at the end of the tenth frame, the Malaysian narrowed the lead winning the eleventh frame 38-15 before Pankaj won the twelfth frame 53-24 and securing the title 7 frames to 5.
Commenting on his win, an ecstatic Pankaj, who won his first title of the year concluded, "It's my first individual Asian snooker championship so the feeling is unreal. Having missed out on the 15-red Asian snooker title last month made this a mission for me to accomplish. Winning it the same year as my World Title in the Six Red sends me over the moon!"
Pankaj will now commence with the team event, spearheading the Indian team of Aditya, Manan and Kamal in the ACBS Team Snooker Championship.