Author: Grieta

FU XIAO FANG WINS CHINA OPEN GOING AWAY

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Shanghai, China)–Playing virtually mistake free 9-ball, and seemingly immune to the pressure, Fu Xiao Fang defeated fellow Chinese and defending champion Chen Siming 9-3 to capture the China Open championship Sunday afternoon in Shanghai. With her impressive victory, Fu won $30,000 and cemented her status as China’s best player. She has now won two major tournaments in the last year, including the World 9-ball championship held last September in Shenyang, China.  In addition to stamping her class on the highly popular and competitive world of women’s pool in China, the victory now moves...

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MELLING AND HSU MOTOR THROUGH TO THE FINALS

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner  (Shanghai, China)–Two relative unknowns on the 9-ball circuit. Two players playing lights out pool. One sure to be entertaining  final. Britain’s Chris Melling and Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Kai Lan both played perfect 9-ball pool Sunday morning in Shanghai as they each emphatically cruised into the finals of the 3rd annual China Open in Shanghai to be played later today. In the first semi-final Melling defeated the Netherland’s Niels Feijen 11-7. In the second semi-final  Hsu surprised everyone with an amazing 11-2 drubbing of former double world champion Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines. Melling...

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MEN’S FINAL FOUR COMPLETE WITH RED HOT CAST

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Shanghai, China)–Great Britain’s Chris Melling proved that his current number 2 ranking on the brutally tough Euro Tour is no fluke, as he put in a series of stellar performances on Saturday and stormed into Sunday’s semi-finals in the China Open 9-ball tournament in Shanghai. It was a long and grueling road to hoe  inside the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium for the men as the field was reduced  from 32 to four with race to 11, alternate break matches. Joining the red hot Brit in the first semi-final will be the Netherland’s Niels...

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CHEN STUNS OUSCHAN WITH IMPROBABLE COMEBACK

Story and Photos by Ted Lerner (Shanghai, China)–17 year old Chinese pool star  and defending champion Chen Siming lived up to all the accolades and adoration when she stunned Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan in the semi-finals of the China Open 9-ball late Saturday night in Shanghai, storming back from an 8-3 deficit to win their semi-final match 9-8 and move into Sunday’s final. Chen’s improbable comeback means that Sunday’s race to 9 final will be an all Chinese affair. In the first semi-final earlier in the evening on the TV table inside the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium,  current World 9-ball...

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TAKING AIM AT A REPEAT

Story and Photos by Ted Lerner (Shanghai, China)–Going about her business with steely fortitude and dead-eyed accuracy, China’s 17 year old sensation Chen Siming took dead aim at defending her title today, as she handily won her two matches in the China Open 9-Ball tournament in Shanghai, and moved into the semi-finals. Chen will now face red hot Jasmin Ouschan of Austria later tonight at the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium in suburban Shanghai, in what promises to be a fabulous matchup of two greats in the women’s professional game. In the other semi-final to be played simultaneously, China’s current...

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FORTUNE SMILES ON THE BRAVE

Story and Photos  by Ted Lerner (Shanghai, China)–Shock upsets and plenty of tense drama filled the  Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium in suburban Shanghai as the men’s field of 32 was reduced to 16 during the first two sessions of play in the 2011 China Open 9-ball championship Two of the biggest names to find themselves knocked out were Mika Immonen and Dennis Orcullo.  Immonen was locked in a tight struggle with Singaporean upstart Chang Kan Wang throughout his race to 11 match. But one poor miss on an elementary 6 ball in the thirteenth rack was all the opening...

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