Pankaj Advani on Thursday became the first Indian snooker player to reach the quarterfinals of a world-ranking event when he defeated Graeme Dott 4-1 at the Welsh Open.

The 27-year-old from Pune followed up his 4-3 defeat of Shaun Murphy by knocking out another former world champion to set up a last-eight clash against Judd Trump. “I knew I had the chance to make history,” said Advani, a former world billiards champion.

Breaks of 63 and 73 put him 2-0 up on Dott, and although the Scot took the third frame, Advani was not to be denied as he took a scrappy fourth then finished with a superb break of 100.

The results (pre-quarterfinals): Ding Junhui bt Mark Allen 4-2; Judd Trump bt Andrew Higginson 4-1; Stephen Maguire bt Matthew Stevens 4-2; Stuart Bingham bt Neil Robertson 4-3; Pankaj Advani bt Greame Dott 4-1; Ken Doherty bt Tom Ford 4-3; Robert Milkins bt Sam Baird 4-2. — AFP

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