Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani’s hopes of winning the IBSF World Snooker title for the second time in his career came crashing down on Thursday after he failed to overcome a spirited challenge from Dechawat Pomajaeng of Thailand in the final of the event in Damascus, Syria.

Advani failed to lift the coveted trophy that he last won in 2003 in China, after he lost 7-10 in the best-of-19 frames final, divided into two sessions.

Advani lost 37-67, 71-47, 69-35, 138-00, 12-85, 15-68, 13-63, 27-68, 57-56, 61-15, 15-71, 35-75, 32-58, 71-25, 62-33, 00-130, 08-92. In the first session of the final, the Thai cueist led 5-4 and in the second, he stretched his lead to 10-7 to seal the issue in his favour beyond doubt.

The seven-time world champion Advani fought like a terrier to overcome severe pressure from the Thai opponent but in the end his efforts proved short of adding another milestone to his already illustrious career.

The final was a gruelling affair as Dechawat won the first frame with ease but Advani bounced back to draw even in the second. He then went on to win the next two frames, constructing a century break of 138 in the fourth.

The Thai opponent then reigned supreme on the green baize and won next four frames, reducing Advani to a mere spectator. The Indian then clawed his way back, winning the 9th and 10th frame to lock the issue at 5-5.

From there on, the Thai opponent raised the level of his game and added another three to his name, making it tough for Advani to make a comeback. Under pressure, Advani wilted in the end and only managed to win one more frame before Dechawat sealed the issue with a century break of 130 in the 16th and 92 in the 17th frame.

Meanwhile, in the 3rd-4th placing match, Rodney Goggins of Ireland defeated Noppadol Sangnil of Thailand 4-2. In the women’s event, Ng On Yee of Hong Kong beat countrymate Jaique Ip Wan 5-0 in the best-of-9 frames final. Phil Williams of Wales emerged victorious in the masters category, defeating Chuchart T of Thailand 6-4 in the best-of-11 frames final.

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