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Snooker: Advani's Wales Open run ended by Trump

Indian cueman Pankaj Advani's history-making run at the Wales Open came to an end with a 5-2 quarter-final defeat by Judd Trump in Newport on Friday. The 27-year-old from Pune had become the first Indian to reach the last eight of a snooker ranking event when he defeated Graeme Dott 4-1 on Thursday. But Advani, a former world billiards champion, saw his hopes of further progress in south Wales dashed by world number two Trump. The Englishman, looking to make amends after first round losses at the UK Championship, Masters and German Open, raced into a 4-0 lead.

Snooker: India's Pankaj makes history at Wales Open

Pankaj Advani on Thursday became the first Indian snooker player to reach the quarter-finals 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.

Snooker: Indian Advani's win over Murphy sparks 'fix' claims

Indian world billiards' champion Pankaj Advani's shock win over Shaun Murphy in snooker's Welsh Open on Tuesday led to the Englishman facing accusations he'd deliberately lost the match. Murphy, the 2005 snooker world champion, was beaten 4-3 by Advani in Newport, south Wales, with the Indian playing on the senior professional snooker circuit for the first time this season. Murphy received a Twitter message Tuesday night, from a user whose account appeared to have been deleted subsequently, saying: "Rumours going round you match fixed tonights game Shaun??? Any truth??"
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