Author: Grieta


Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–The Philippines made history tonight on the fourth day of the 2011 World 9-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar as the group stages came to a close after four days of exciting pool action. When Lee Van Corteza pulled away from Sweden’s Marcus Chamat in the last session of the day, and won what had been a very close match, 9-6, it meant that a record setting 17 Filipino players had advanced to the 64 player, single elimination knockout stage which begins on Wednesday. It’s not difficult to do the math and come...

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Story and Photos  by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)– Shane Van Boening will be the first to admit that he hasn’t performed up to his self imposed high expectations when he plays overseas. The American star, who continually travels the globe to play tournaments, has only won twice outside of his native USA. To Van Boening, though,  those two victories were small events close to home; a 10-ball tournament in  Aruba and another small event in Nicaragua. The American has much higher aspirations. He wants to win the world championship overseas. Tonight on the center table at the Al Sadd...

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Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–There was plenty of heartbreak and lots of relief as well inside the spectacularly appointed Al Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar Sunday  as  Day 2 of the 2011World 9-ball championship has now been completed. 32 players saw their dreams of glory crash out , while 32 others got a much welcome reprieve as all of the matches on the losers side of each group bracket took place.  The field of 128 players from over 40 countries around the world has now been trimmed to 96. The final two sessions of the...

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Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)– Defending champion Francisco Bustamante of the Philippines barely hung on in his round of 32 match against relative unknown Indonesian player Setiawan Riyan, escaping with an 11-10 victory to move into the round of 16 at the World 9-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. Playing on the TV table, Bustamante looked to be cruising along as he led Setiwan 9-4. In the 14th frame, however, Bustamante was distracted by a press photographer snapping pictures nearby. From there on, the Hall of Famer seemed to lose his composure, and descended into a foul...

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Story and Photos by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)– Do or die. Win or Walk. Sudden Death. These are the phrases that  instill fear in professional pool players and, at the same time, grab the attention of fans who love the unique drama that tends to emanate  from the small blue pitch. And in this sport, where a roll of a ball even just a fraction of a millimeter can be lead to life changing turn of events, the sink or swim scenario can be downright cruel. And it can also be sheer joy. With the losers brackets underway here...

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Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–Over the years pool fans have become accustomed to the opening stages of the World 9-ball championship producing major upsets, with unheralded newcomers  shocking world class players and sending them reeling over to the precarious losers side of their group brackets.  From there the top player is pushed into a do or die situation with every shot carrying the weight of shame and embarrassment if he doesn’t produce. The storyline that emerged loud and clear last night at the Al Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar, however, was a completely different one....

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