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Author: Grieta

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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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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