Author: Grieta

IT’S YUKIO!

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)—With a super cool demeanor and a red hot stroke, Yukio Akagariyama of Japan won the 2011 World 9-ball Championship, defeating the Philippines Ronnie Alcano in a tense and scintillating finals match on Friday night, 13-11. Akagariyama won the title with a brilliant display of pressure packed 9-ball before a cheering partisan crowd of close to 1500 people, most of them Filipinos, at the Al Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar. The victory capped what has been a tremendous recent surge for the 36 year old. Back in May Akagariyama made it...

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ALCANO AND AKAGARIYAMA TO MEET FOR WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar) –It’s an all Asian final in Doha, Qatar as the Philippines Ronnie Alcano and Japan’s Yukio Akagariyama will face off for the 2011 World 9-ball Championship. The race to 13, alternate break match will begin at 7pm local time in Doha (GMT + 3 hours). Earlier in front of a capacity crowd of over 1500 people at the Al Sadd Sports Club, Alcano defeated fellow Filipino Dennis Orcullo 11-9.  Akagariyama barely got by England’s Mark Gray in a nail biter, 11-10. Playing on the TV table, Alcano jumped out to a...

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AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–After what has to be one of the most memorable and exciting days in the history of championship pool, the Philippines Dennis Orcullo and Ronnie Alcano, England’s Mark Gray, and Japan’s Yukio Akakariyama all  made it  into the semi-finals of the World 9-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. One semi-final will be an all-Filipino affair between former World 9-ball Champion Alcano, and the world’s current number one ranked player, Orcullo.  The other semi-final will feature Gray vs. Akakarayima. Both race to 11, alternate break matches will begin  at 3pm local time Friday, July...

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CLUTCH, TOUGH AND MOVING ON

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)--With nerves fraying and tension coursing throughout the Al Sadd Sports Club, the USA’s Shane Van Boening stepped up and potted some of the most clutch shots of his career, as he took down England’s Darren Appleton in a sudden death heart stopper, and moved into the quarter finals of the 2011 World 9-Ball Championship  in Doha, Qatar. The entertaining and high quality affair between  the two greats was one of 8 simultaneous matches in the final 16, most of which turned into edge of the seat affairs as the race to...

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DAZLIN DARYL IS IN IT TO WIN IT

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–Wild finishes, unpredictable outcomes up until the very last ball, plenty of star power and pressure galore were all key ingredients of  two very memorable evening sessions in the 64 player knockout stage at the World 9-ball Championship in Doha today.  But as the tournament heads into the business side of things on Thursday’s day of reckoning, where the field will be reduced from 32 to 4, it’s instructive for fans and students of the game to pay attention to one awesome performance that sent a shot across the bow to the...

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DOUBLE TROUBLE IN DOHA

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–Antonio Gabica has often been viewed by pool fans as an extremely talented player who tends to wilt when it comes to big time pressure situations.  But to the man known as “Ga Ga” to his fellow Filipinos, that moniker now sits forever at the bottom of the nearest trash can at the Al Sadd Sports Club. Gabica stepped up in the biggest way possible under massive pressure this afternoon and defeated former World Champion Mika Immonen 11-10 in a dramatic finish in the round of 64 at the 2011 World 9-ball...

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