Li’s Fantastic Run Continues

DEBUTANT Li He-wen is now only two victories away from making the 2006 World Pool Championship final after he defeated Sandor Tot in the Last 16.

No player from China had ever entered the competition before but Li is certainly making a big impact at the Philippine International Convention Center as an 11-7 win saw him move into the quarter-finals.

The Chinese player defeated Alex Pagulayan 8-2 in the group stages and has now recorded knock out successes against Alejandro Carvajal (Chile), Rudy Morta (Philippines) and Tot, who represents Serbia and Montenegro.

Tot won the lag but still managed to lose the first two racks and immediately had an uphill battle. Things go even worse for the European as he then only won one of the next four racks and at 5-1 the match already looked over.

Fortune favoured Li as he got numerous lucky breaks but he always did enough to stay in front and not give Tot any hope of a memorable comeback.

Li will have a tough task in the quarter-finals as he will meet either local hope Jeff De Luna or the impressive Luong Chi Dung from Vietnam.