Author: Grieta

SEE-ING IS BELIEVING!

(Manila, Philippines)–Entering the 128-player World 10-Ball Championship, Huidji See was hardly among those dozen likely title contenders. The 29-year-old Dutch journeyman was without a defining victory. He hadn’t won a EuroTour title; he hadn’t, despite spending plenty of time on U.S. soil, snapped off a quality national event; he hadn’t displayed much of a killer instinct, outside of a strong runner-up finish at the 2007 World 14.1 Straight Pool Championship. But at last weekend’s World 10-Ball Championship, See wasn’t interested in the reality of his situation among a murderer’s row of international world-beaters. How else can you explain a...

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Field of 32 Taking Form at the World Ten Ball Championships

Group B finds Artem Koshovoj and Thomas Engert coming through undefeated. Engert bested Charlie Williams and Francisco Diaz-Pizarro. The one-loss escapees into the final 32 are Carlo Biado and Omaral Shaheeme. One player of note who was eliminated from the tournament in this group was Charlie WIlliams. After falling to Engert 9-7 Williams then lost to Carlo Biado by the same score. Group C featured super-fast Tony Drago who defeated Radoslaw Babica 9-1 in only 35 minutes and Vicenancio Tanio coming through with no losses while Demosthenes Pupul and Manuel Pereira took the longer road to reach the same...

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BEIJING BLING!

His next opponent had promise of being a very tough match. Feng-Ban Zhao had just come from a solid 11-4 trouncing of newly crowned Philippine Open champ Thorsten Hohmann but Chang was simply an over-reach for Zhao as Chang mangled him 11-5  to earn the right to do battle with Nick Van Den Berg. Van Den Berg had done some giant-killing of his own.  He had beaten both Shane Van Boening (9-3) and Dennis Orcullo (9-4) in the primary rounds and continued to grind it out through the final brackets. He took down Hao-Xiang Han (11-8) and Quingshun Yang...

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Chinese Teenager wins Philippine Open Women ‘s Event

She proved it on Monday’s women finals as she beat veteran Kelly Fisher of Great Britain, 9-3 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong. The 17-year-old won all her six matches over Reggie Gregorio, Line Kjorsvik, reigning World Women’s 10-Ball champion Jasmin Ouschan of Austria, Lim Yun Mi of Korea, former Amway World Championship Lin Yuan Chun of Chinese Taipei and Fisher. “I never expected to win this event, especially ending my campaign with a perfect record. My mindset is just to play my best every game because it’s basically a strong field,” said Chen thru Filipino-Chinese interpreter Joyren Ting....

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Hohmann, Chen Win Philippine Open

Thorsten Hohmann had a bit more of a battle on his hands in his victory. He and Ralf Souquet went rack for rack with never more than a single point between them until Souquet gained his first lead of the match at 10-9 in the race to 11. From there Hohmann won the next two racks to claim the title. When Hohmann won the rack to get him to double-hill it was his third hill-hill match in the last four. He had also won against Carlo Biado and Ricky Yang by the same margin. It was rather ironic that...

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Day Four: Souquet, Liu advance to Final Four

The two asserted their dominance Sunday by pulling off two more wins to stay unscathed in this WPA-sanctioned tournament. They are the only undefeated players in the tournament. Souquet, a double world champion and former world No.1 player, outlasted Darren Appleton in a hill-hill encounter, 9-8, in their round-of-16 match. The German ace formalized his entry in the semifinal round after subduing compatriot and bosom buddy Thorsten Hohmann, 9-2, in their quarterfinal showdown. Liu, on the other hand, squeaked past Filipino Antonio Lining in a 9-8 decision. But the biggest news of the day happened a few minutes before...

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