Author: Grieta

SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS

CHRIS MELLING, the latest in a long-line of English 9 ball talent, blasted his way to the top of the 2011 PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup European Rankings, following a string of world-class performances to win the China Open in Shanghai last week. Melling now finds himself a whopping 22 points ahead of his nearest rival Nick Van den Berg, with a 35 point safety net between himself and fourth spot. With the top three players on the list at the conclusion of the 13 event series guaranteed a Mosconi berth, Melling looks a prime candidate for Las Vegas. “The Mosconi...

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MELLING BY A MILE!

Story and Photos by Ted Lerner (Shanghai, China)–Give Chris Melling an inch, and he takes a mile. That’s just how Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Kai Lun must feel right now, as the burly Englishman put on one of the most powerful displays of 9-ball pool seen in the professional game in some time, capturing the China Open in an all out rout, 11-3. Melling won $40,000 and, in the process, declared loud and clear that he will be a force to be reckoned with among an already strong heap of English and European  pool players for the foreseeable future. “That’s...

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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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