India’s leading cueists, Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta, bowed out of the third European Players Tour Championship (PTC) of the season — the Bluebell Wood Open — after suffering defeats in their respective round matches at the Doncaster Dome in Sheffield.

Cali World Games gold medallist Aditya showed glimpses of his famed potting prowess but lacked consistency as he lost 4-0 to four-time world champion John Higgins of Scotland in the second round of the championship.

Advani went down to two-time world champion Mark Williams 4-0 in the pre-quarterfinals to end his dream run in the tournament.

The Welshman entered the best-of-seven frame last-16 match with guns blazing. He raced to a 1-0 lead with the help of a 68 break. The third frame was where Advani had an outside chance to pull back a frame but a kick on the cueball followed by an in-off on the final green left Williams an open table to clear, which he did without much fuss. — PTI

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