Snooker: Travis braced for Advani challenge

Mitchell Travis is looking forward to taking on Pankaj Advani in the Haikou World Open qualifiers.
Mitchell Travis is looking forward to taking on Pankaj Advani in the Haikou World Open qualifiers.
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Amateur potter Mitchell Travis wants to add another scalp to his collection this weekend.

The Sheffield cueman, who recently beat top-10 player Marco Fu in the UK Championships, faces Pankaj Advani in the Haikou World Open qualifiers at the Barnsley Metrodome tomorrow morning.

Based at the Star Academy in Sheffield, Advani has impressed in 2013, climbing up to 66 in the world rankings.

Gleadless-born Travis has told The Star: “I have seen Pankaj play at the Academy before but I have never practiced with him.

“He is a nice lad. He has not got a bad word to say about anyone. I love playing so I can’t wait to get back out there.

“He has got very good cue ball control. I have seen him knocking balls in like shelling peas.

“But I fancy my chances of beating anyone. If I play well, I am going to win.”

On Thursday night, the 22-year-old was beaten 5-1 by Rod Lawler in the German Masters qualifiers.

“I played alright; I don’t want to disrespect Rod but he is a slow player,” said Travis. “When he got his chances, he scored heavily.

“I didn’t get a chance to get any table time. You can’t do anything when you are sat in your chair.”