Indian Pankaj Advani won his seventh Asian title by defeating Sourav Kothari 6-3 in final of the Asian Billiards Championship 2017.
Pankaj Arjan Advani is an Indian professional player of English billiards and former professional snooker player.
In recognition of his achievements, the Government of India has bestowed several awards upon Advani—Arjuna Award in 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2006, and Padma Shri in 2009.
He has achieved a hat-trick of hat-tricks in English billiards, holding the World, Asian, and Indian National Championship titles simultaneously, in three different years: 2005, 2008 and 2012.
He became a snooker professional only in 2012, and his first season on the main tour was the 2012/2013 season.
Advani won the 2014 IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship, on his debut in that discipline. He is the only player ever to win world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker (15-red standard, and 6-red) and both formats of English billiards (time and point). Advani is also India’s first world champion in 6-red snooker.
On 14 August 2014, Advani helped win the first ever World Team Billiards Championship held in Glasgow, Scotland, along with Rupesh Shan, Devendra Joshi and Ashok Shandilya.
On 2nd February 2017, Pankaj Advani won his 29th National Championship Title at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Pune, India.
This gives him a 39 match-winning streak. Overall, this win was Pankaj Advani’s 54th gold: World Titles = 16; Asian Titles = 6; Asian Games = 2; Australian Open = 1; National Titles = 29.