Engert defeats Reyes in Sudden Death

Thomas Engert

While there are no easy matches at the International Challenge of Champions, Thomas Engert certainly got over a major obstacle towards his attempt to defend the title today with his sudden death win over Efren Reyes.

Engert won the first set against Reyes 5-3, but dropped the second set 5-4 to force the single game sudden death tie-breaker. Reyes' lag stopped inches from the rail, but Engert froze his lag to the rail to give him the break in the deciding game and he took full advantage by running out the rack and elimination Reyes.

Engert will face defending US Open champion Gabe Owen tomorrow in one semi-final match, while Neils Feijen faces Fong-Pang Chao in the other. The winners of each semi-final match will then face off for the $50,000, winner take all, prize.

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Photo courtesy of Bill Powers