Pankaj Advani, eight time world champion on 13 February 2013 entered pre-quarterfinals of the BetVictor Welsh Open Pro Snooker Series. He is the first Indian cueist to reach at this position. He defeated former world champion Shaun Murphy of England, 4-3 at Wales. Also, he is the only active player who entered at such a highest level in snooker as well as billiards in same season.
Earlier in the season, Pankaj Advani defeated renowned players in Pro circuit such as John Higgins, Ryan Day, Alan McManus, Mark King, Steve Davis, Nigel Bond, Jimmy White and Michael Holt.
About Pankaj Advani
•Pankaj Advani is the eight times World Champion in the cue sports (the sports which are played using the cue sticks).
•He won the first world title at the age of 18 years only.
•Pankaj Advani is an only Asian to win Snooker and Billiards World Championships.
•The awards won by him are Padmashree Award (2009), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (2006), Rajiv Gandhi Award (2004) and Arjuna Award (2004).
•The world titles in his name are WPBSA World Billiards Champion (2012, 2009), IBSF World Billiards Champion (Time Format) (2008, 2007, 2005), IBSF World Billiards Champion (Points Format) (2008, 2005) and IBSF World Snooker Champion (2003).