Germany Impressive as They Hammer Aussies

Round 1 Results
Germany 8 – 0 Australia
Malaysia 8 – 6 France
India 8 – 7 Finland
Philippines B 8 – 4 Kuwait
Korea 8 – 5 Spain
Japan 8 – 3 Croatia
Switzerland 8 – 5 China
Sweden 8 – 7 Indonesia
TEAM GERMANY comprised of Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann, fired out a loud warning shot to their World Cup of Pool rivals as they completed an 8-0 whitewash – the first of the tournament – over the Australian pair of Greg Jenkins and Dave Rothall.
The World Cup of Pool takes place at the Block Atrium at the SM Mall North in Quezon City, Manila. It features 32 two-player teams representing 31 nations – hosts Philippines have two sides. The total prize-fund is $250,000 with $60,000 going to the winning pair.
"Australia had pretty good chances in the first couple of racks and it should've been 2-0 to them but they handed us them and after that we controlled the match,” said Souquet.
“We ran three or four from the break and the match was history. It's a really short format and one mistake could cost you three or four games."
The Australians had few visits and when they did they struggled under the conditions. The Germans meanwhile had no such trouble as they calmly went about their business. Both players were coming in on the back of wins – Souquet the World Pool Masters here in Manila and Hohmann the World 14.1 in New York.
They will be certainly one of the teams to be beat here. Hohmann commented, "If I could pick any player in the world to be with then it would be Ralf. I'm coming off a big win last week and Ralf won the Masters so our confidence is very high."
In the second match of the day, Malaysia earned themselves the dubious honour of a second round match with Germany as they laboured to a win over France. Patrick Ooi and Ibrahim Bin Amir are World Cup veterans and they will be delighted with their 8-6 win over Vincent Facquet and Stephan Cohen.
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