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Author: Grieta

Day Three: World champs, top players get door in Philippine Open

As the tournament approaches its penultimate day this Sunday (April 10}, there is still no clear frontrunner. Matches are not being decided according to seedings, rankings and reputation. World champions have fallen by the wayside. And players coming from the qualifiers look just as formidable as the ranking players. At the end of the third day, reigning World Ten Ball champion Mika Immonen of Finland, double world champion Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines, world’s No.1 woman player Ga Young Kim of Korea, and reigning World Women’s 9-Ball champion Fu Xiao-Fang of China had all been shown the exit door,...

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Day Three: A Battle of titans

The rivalry between Ralf Souquet of Germany and Dennis Orcullo of the Philippines was rekindled on the third day of the Philippine Open Pool Championships with fans and pool experts anticipating a battle royale betwen two of the best players in the sport. It turned out to be an all-Souquet show. Facing the player who defeated him in the 2009 Predator Ten Ball Championship in Las Vegas, the German ace kept Orcullo sitting on his stool for most of the match and hammered out a surprisingly easy 9-2 win on Saturday night at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City....

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Upsets continue in Philippine Open

Their exits came earlier than expected. Fisher and Van Boening suffered their second straight loss in the tournament in as many games, thus eliminating them in this World Pool-Billiard Association-sanctioned event. Fisher, better known as “The Duchess of Doom” in the international pool circuit, got the boot from a virtually unknown and young opponent Marika Poikkijoki of Finland, 9-7. The crushing blow was dealt by Yoni Rachmanto of Indonesia, who pulled off a tense 9-7 win in their loser’s bracket match. Van Boening’s loss highlighted another day of upsets in this tournament that is also supported by the Billiards...

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Philippine Open – Day 2

The match was a real marathon of about 4 hours finishing well after midnight. World number 1 women player, Ga Young Kim also lost, beaten 8-9 by fellow Korean Lin Yum Mi. Ga Young now crosses to the loser’s side and will play Allison’s victor Marika Poikkiokki tomorrow in a sudden death match. Liu Sha Sha, Jasmin Ouschan and Yu Ram Cha all had comfortable wins and advanced to the next round. In the men’s draw, reigning World 8-Ball Champion, Dennis Orcollo was forced to dig deep after trailing 1-5 to defeat fellow Filipino Allan Cuarterro 9-7. Darren Appleton,...

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Lady big guns off to a blazing start in Philippine Open

Ouschan and Kim beat their respective rivals in convincing fashion to serve notice of their title aspirations in this event sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association and organized by Raya Sports in cooperation with the Billiards and Snooker Congress of the Philippines. The two darlings of the crowd brought both beauty and skills to the pool table. Ouschan swept Veronique Menard of Canada, 9-0, while Ga also blanked her opening-day opponent, Aradhana Naik of India, 9-0. Menard and Naik falling in an ambush came as no surprise, but the biggest stunner on opening day happened on the evening when...

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Philippine Open – Day 1

Mika Immonen was one big name casualty from today’s play, losing 6-9 against Chinese player, Li Wen Lo, currently ranked 105. If today’s performance is anything to go by, Lo will certainly climb fairly rapidly in the rankings as there was a lot to like of his game today. Immonen will now face Indonesian Rudy Susanto in the one loss side of the draw, with the loser being eliminated from the tournament. Ralf Souquet, another big name, had a close 9-8 encounter after leading comfortably in his match against a qualifier, Filipino Carlo Biado. Dennis Orcollo, recent winner of...

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