Advani makes history with victory
Pankaj Advani made history at the BetVictor Welsh Open as a 4-1 victory over Graeme Dott saw him become the first Indian player to reach the quarter-finals of a world-ranking event.
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Advani, the multiple world billiards champion playing as a newcomer on the main snooker tour this season, went 2-0 up in the second round match in Newport with breaks of 63 and 73.
Dott pulled the third frame back, but Advani subsequently wrapped things up, finishing with a superb break of 100.
The 27-year-old from Pune has now defeated two former world champions at this tournament, having knocked out Shaun Murphy in round one.
"I am surprising myself with this run but I'm just going with the flow and trying to keep winning," Advani told www.worldsnooker.com.
"It's exciting to be playing against the best in the world, at the top level and under the best conditions."
Advani's last-eight opponent will be world number two Judd Trump, who comfortably saw off Andrew Higginson 4-1.
"It's nice to see someone from overseas do well and hopefully it will help us get some tournaments in India," Trump said of Advani.
"I hope he bottles it under pressure tomorrow but I don't think he will."
Defending champion Ding Junhui is also through having beaten Mark Allen 4-2.
China's Ding will face Robert Milkins for a place in the semi-finals after the latter beat Sam Baird 4-2 this evening.
Another player to have won the World Championship, Neil Robertson, crashed out in a 4-3 defeat to Stuart Bingham.
Robertson had appeared set for victory until he failed to pot a red while 64-9 up in the final frame and Bingham took advantage, triumphing with a break of 56.
Bingham meets Ken Doherty in the quarter-finals after the Irishman overcame Tom Ford 4-3, a match in which both men had their chances in the decider.
Alan McManus completed a superb comeback in the last match to conclude this evening, coming from 3-0 down to deservedly beat Joe Perry 4-3 in a composed display.
He will face fellow Glaswegian Stephen Maguire, whose 4-2 win over Welshman Matthew Stevens ensured there will be no home representation in the last eight. Maguire also came from behind, winning the last three frames.