World Professional Billiards Championship 2008



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Sethi settles Advani's Pro aspirations

Quarter Final Line Up

Flying Start for Russell















Sethi settles Advani's pro aspirations (26 July 2008 :: CSI Correspondent)

The World Professional billiards crown will continue to stay elusive for the wonder boy Pankaj Advani who has won most major titles. A legend, Geet Sethi, beat him 960-713 in the quarter-finals at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on Saturday.


Sethi takes on Chris Shutt who put out Peter Gilchrist 965-644. The other semi-final pits all-time great Mike Russell against David Causier. Russell beat Saurav Kothari 832-526 while Causier trounced Devendra Joshi with a victory margin of 1189 (1547-358).

Kothari had upset Dhruv Sitwala 561-378 in the league. Sethi had been beaten 749-628 by Peter Gilchrist which forced the clash with Pankaj who topped his group beating fancied Chris Shutt 750-721



Quarter Final Line Up (25 July 2008 :: Courtesy :: World Snooker)

The group phase has been completed at the World Professional Billiards Championship so it's on to the knockout phase for the eight remaining players.


Peter Gilchrist (pictured) finished top of Group C after winning a cracking match against Geet Sethi. Both former champions were already assured of a place in the quarter-finals at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds having won their first two group matches. But it was Teeside-born Gilchrist, who made a record break of 1,346 last year, who claimed top position with a 749-628 success.


Defending champion Mike Russell made it three wins out of three in Group A by beating Devendra Joshi, who finished second in the group to progress to the knockout phase.


David Causier topped Group B with three wins, followed by Sourav Kothari. 


Pankaj Advani finished in pole position in Group D by edging out Chris Shutt 750-731 in a tight final match.


There are four English players and four Indians in the last eight:


Mike Russell
Vs. Sourav Kothari
Devendra Joshi
Vs. David Causier
Peter Gilchrist
Vs. Chris Shutt
Geet Sethi
Vs. Pankaj Advani



Flying Start For Russell (24 July 2008 :: Courtesy :: World Snooker)

Defending champion Mike Russell compiled a superb break of 588 as he won his opening two matches in the 2008 World Professional Billiards Championship.

The Peterborough-based cueman, aiming for his ninth world title, scored comfortable wins over Michael Krueziger and Gary Rogers at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds. His 1068-177 defeat of Krueziger was highlighted by a brilliant 588, by far the highest break of the day.

David Causier started strongly in Group B with two wins out of two, and in Group C India's Geet Sethi, the 2006 champion, won both of his matches. Another leading contender from India, Pankaj Advani, scored two wins in Group D, compiling a break of 256. All matches were played over one two-hour session.