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Ouschan and Fisher End Year With #1 Rankings

With the last ranking event of the year now completed, Albin Ouschan of Austria has emerged as the Number 1 player in the men’s division, and Kelly Fisher of Great Britain as the Number 1 player in the women’s division.

Albin capped off a great year by winning the final event, the International 9-Ball Championship held in Norfolk Virginia, and of course earlier in the year won the Matchroom produced World 9-Ball Championship in England. A couple of other young players to mention for having a great year include Aloysius Yapp of Singapore at Number 2, and Omar Al Shaheen from Kuwait at Number 5.

Kelly Fisher ended as the leading female player for 2021. With Covid limiting the options that the women had as far as events to compete in, the only event on the 2021 points list was the 2021 Austria Open, which was won by Fisher. The lack of events should certainly not distract from Kelly’s #1 ranking, as she is the reigning Women’s World 9-Ball Champion and is consistently around the top spot every year.

The WPA is looking forward to 2022 where there are expected to be quite a number of events, a busier calendar than normal with extra events by Matchroom and Predator. It will be great to see players from all countries being able to compete. This year players from Asia were severely penalized by not being able to travel abroad.

Filler Dominates Immonen for Big Foot Title

Joshua Filler

It’s looking like a pretty good two weeks in Virginia for Joshua Filler so far. After a win at the American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship over the weekend, Filler took down the International Big Foot 10-Ball Challenge on Tuesday night with a dominating win over Mika Immonen. 

Filler booked his spot in the finals with wins over Alex Kazakis, Denis Grabe and then WPA World #1 ranked Aloysius Yapp. Yapp led their semi-final match by the score of 5-3, but Filler never looked like he doubted what the final result would be. He took control of the match at 6-5 down and won six straight racks to win the match 11-6.

Immonen’s spot in the finals came via wins over John Morra, Alex Pagulayan and International One Pocket Open winner Roberto Gomez. Immonen looked to be in complete control early in his match against Gomez, but he saw his early 5-1 lead disappear when Gomez won six out of seven games to take a 7-6 lead of his own. Next it was Immonen’s turn to go on a run, as he then won five of the next six racks for the 11-8 win. 

While the size of the 10’ Diamond Big Foot table led to safety battles in almost every rack of the finals, Filler was able to take a 2-0 lead with a break and run in rack two. That would be the only break and run either player could muster in the finals. 

Filler’s cool confidence at the table is a sight to see. His demeanor indicates that he expects to win every match, and pocketing the balls is just a mere formality. Filler displayed absolute dominance to take control of this match and the frustration started to take hold for Immonen. After Filler won the first seven racks, he had a TPArating of .929, while Immonen could only muster a .250.

Immonen was able to mount a bit of a comeback, as all players at this level are going to do. A couple great shots by Immonen earned him back to back racks for an 8-2 scoreline and a careless shot late in rack ten by Filler left Immonen out for 8-3. That would be the end of the comeback for Immonen as that careless 7-ball was the last mistake Filler would make. He won the final three racks for an 11-3 win and his first title on the 10’ Big Foot table. 

Both Filler and Immonen are undefeated in the main event and await the redraw into the single elimination bracket today. They will both face an opponent with one loss at 9pm tonight.

The International 9-Ball Open will continue play all of this week and can be watched as part of the online PPV for this event at https://www.onsitepool.com/accustats/. For the first time in the history of this event, fans can watch action on any table as part of the PPV coverage.

Follow all of the action with Live Scoring and online brackets for the 9-Ball. AzBilliards is working along with digitalpool.com to help put those brackets online.

 

Filler Runs 213 At American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship Day Two

Joshua Filler (Courtesy Predator Group)

Day 2 of the American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship featured rounds 3 & 4 of round- robin competition. Saturday’s at golf tournaments are commonly referred to as “moving day”. The matches on Wednesday had a similar feel to them. Players were either cementing their chances to move into the 24 man single elimination phase, or fighting for the opportunity to keep those chances alive heading into the 5th and final round on Thursday afternoon. There are 7 players currently sporting a 4-0 record: Shane Van Boening, Alex Kazakis, Wiktor Zielinski, Aloysius Yapp, Max Lechner, Albin Ouschan and Earl Strickland.

The highlight of today’s action was provided by Joshua Filler. Filler, who yesterday lost a tight match to Alex Kazakis 125-114, started his day by defeating Mathias Arnold 125-9 and moving his record to 2-1. Next up was Alex Pagulayan, who was also 2-1. Then in less than 65 minutes, Filler produced a 213 ball run and defeated Pagulayan 125 to -1. The run easily outdistanced a 182 ball run posted earlier in the day by Mario He and it also bested the tournament high run of 210 posted yesterday by Van Boening. The run ended on a delicate, almost perpendicular cut on a ball located on the head rail. The object ball came to rest inside the jaws and deep on the shelf of the pocket. Shortly thereafter, Joshua displayed his versatility by teaming up with his wife Pia to provide the commentary on the final streamed match of the evening. Quite a day for the Filler’s.

The following is a breakdown of the advancement scenarios for each Group heading into Thursday’s final round-robin matches. The top 3 players in each flight head to the single elimination phase with the 8 flight winners receiving a 1st round bye. Head to head results break any tie between two players.

Group 1: Shane Van Boening has won the Group. Dennis Grabe (3-1) advances. Ralph Eckert advances with a win vs SVB. Otherwise Bader Alawadhi will advance with a win over Lee Van Corteza. If they both lose, tiebreakers will determine who advances amongst the 3.

Group 2: Ruslan Chinahov and Oliver Szolnoki (both 3-1) face off to determine the Group winner. The loser potentially faces tie breakers with John Morra, Hunter Lombardo and Abdullah Alyousef.

Group 3: Alex Kazakis has won the Group. Josh Filler (3-1) will advance. Alex Pagulayan advances with a win vs Mathias Arnold.

Group 4: Mario He wins the Group with a victory over Alan Duty, otherwise the winner of the Thorsten Holmann/ Mieszko Fortunski match will win the group. However all 3 players advance regardless of tomorrow’s results.

Group 5: Wiktor Zielinski has won the Group. Fedor Gorst and Mika Immonen will also advance.

Group 6: Aloysius Yapp has won the Group. Darren Appleton and Corey Deuel will also advance.

Group 7: Max Lechner has won the Group. Ralph Souquet also advances. Shawn Wilkie and Mohammad Ali Berjaoui face off for the final spot.

Group 8: Albin Ouschan and Earl Strickland (both 4-0) face off to determine the Group winner. The loser will also advance. The final spot will be awarded to the winner of the Konrad Juszczyszyn/Michael Yednak match.

On Thursday, for the first time in the history of this tournament there will be a Women’s division of the American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship. It is being presented by the PREDATOR GROUP with 15 contestants competing for a purse of $12,000. The field features BCA HOF’s Kelly Fisher and LoreeJon Ogonowski. 3 groups of 5 players will compete in a round-robin format, leading to a single elimination format.

Free streaming is available on the American 14.1 Facebook page, the AZBtv Facebook page and from Istreampool on Youtube. Online brackets are available at Cuescore.com. All matches are played on Diamond Pro-Am tables with Simonis 866 cloth and Predator balls. Corner pockets are 4.5” and the sides are 5”.

Yapp Avoids Elimination and Elder Statesmen Shine at FargoRate Ohio Open

Aloysius Yapp

As the second day of play got under way at this week’s FargoRate Ohio Open, Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp found himself in unfamiliar territory: the one-loss side of a double-elimination bracket.

Defeat is a result that the 25-year-old hasn’t known too much recently, having spent his September winning the CSI Michigan Open and finishing second at the United States Open 9-Ball Championships. But after suffering a rare opening round loss at the hands of Switzerland’s Daniel Schneider, Yapp found himself in a win-or-go-home match against Ernesto Dominguez.

Thanks to some nifty safety play coupled with some timely bad breaks for his opponent, Yapp survived a straight set victory against Dominguez 4-1, 4-2 Thursday night at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio. The young man from Singapore will now face American Allen Bain, who eliminated New York’s Mike Badsteubner on the loser’s side of the bracket Thursday evening.

Dominguez, who coincidentally suffered a first-round loss at the hands of Singapore’s Sharik Sayed, climbed onto the scoreboard first by successfully pocketing a combination shot on the 10 ball. When he left an open shot on the 2 ball after a safety exchange in the next rack, Yapp took advantage by clearing the table, then securing another win with a second successful safety battle. He secured the set with a break-and-run coupled with another successful safety volley after failing to pocket a ball on the break.

The second set again began with Dominguez pocketing the 10 ball on the break to take a quick lead, but Yapp would use a successful jump shot on the 1 ball in the second rack paired with a break-and-run to take the lead. After Dominguez tied the match 2-2, he broke and watched the cue ball get kicked into the corner pocket by an object ball. Now trailing to Yapp 3-2 in the sixth game, he won a safety battle on the 6 ball and looked to be in solid shape to tie the score and send the set to a deciding seventh rack. With the 9 and 10 balls at opposite ends of the table, Dominguez pocketed the object ball but drew the cue ball backwards into the corner pocket, giving Yapp control of the table and a sure victory.

The tournament’s Thursday competition also had a bit of a “turn back the clock” feel, as Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famers Thorsten Hohmann and Mika Immonen as well as a multi-time United States Mosconi Cup participant Tony Robles remained undefeated through two days of play. Both Hohmann and Robles secured straight set victories, with the German defeating American James Davee 4-1, 4-1, and Robles pulling an upset of Estonia’s Denis Grabe, 4-2, 4-2.

Mika Immonen

Immonen, on the other hand, would have to work for his victory a bit more.

After splitting the first two games of the opening set with American Danny Olson, the 2009 World 10-Ball champion took advantage of a handful of missed shots by his opponent to win three straight racks to close out the set, 4-1. When Immonen took advantage of a scratch and foul by Olson to build a 3-1 advantage in the next set, it appeared the Finland native had his ticket to the next round secured. That was until Immonen missed the 6 ball in the fifth game which allowed his opponent a routine run out and Olson converted a combination shot on the 10 ball to tie the set 3-3.

With a chance to send the match to a deciding shootout, Olson broke and failed to pocket a ball. Immonen executed a table-length bank shot on the 1 ball and attempted to work through a challenging table layout before missing the 5 ball, allowing his opponent to finish off the set and send the match to a spot shot finale.

Olson missed his first shot but made his next two while Immonen made his first two attempts but pushed his third shot wide. After both competitors made their shots in the fourth frame the cue ball was moved back a diamond length on the table. The Hall of Famer was able to sink his attempt while Olson missed his, giving Immonen the win.

Competition resumes Friday at noon local time, with notable matches including Austria’s Mario He facing Naoyuki Oi of Japan, Filipino Warren Kiamco taking on Oliver Szolnoki of Hungary and Poland’s Wiktor Zielinski matching up against Jeffrey De Luna of the Philippines. A live broadcast of the tournament begins at noon on Billiard TV and also will be available on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.

The FargoRate Ohio Open is the fourth and final stop of the U.S. Pro Billiard Series, which features four open professional events between July and the end of the year. Created by Predator Group and amateur league operator CueSports International, these tournaments will run in tandem alongside of CSI league amateur events being held throughout the country. The winner of each competition receives a guaranteed spot in the $130,000-added 2022 Predator World 10-Ball Championship, which will be held March 28 through April 1 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

This competition was played on Predator Pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia performance cloth, with Predator Arcos II precision balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights.

For more information on the U.S. Pro Billiard Series or amateur leagues, visit www.playcsipool.com.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook and Instagram. Watch replays on Billiard TV  or on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.

Szolnoki bests Josh Filler in second set of true double final to win Diamond Open 9-Ball

Oliver Szolnoki (File photo courtesy Matchroom Pool)

‘Oliver’ who?

Szolnoki is the man’s last name. He’s from Hungary and while he’s not the household name that his last two opponents (Shane Van Boening and Josh Filler) have become here in the US, he did work his way through the 128-entrant field of the inaugural $10,000-added Omega Diamond Open 9-Ball tournament at The Rack and Grill III in Aiken, SC this past weekend (Oct. 2-3) to claim that event’s 1st title. 

Though relatively unknown here, Szolnoki has been a force to be reckoned with in Europe since he first appeared in our database in October, 2017, after placing 33rd in a Dynamic Klagenfurt Open in Austria. He kept plugging away on the EuroTour and independent events until this year, which (according to available records) has seen him rake in just shy of four times more cash than in any other previous year. His biggest win, financially, proved to be his third-place finish (tied with David Alcaide) at the World Pool Championships in England this past June. Won by Albin Ouschan, that event featured more than just a few of the competitors who were on hand in Aiken, SC this past weekend; Sky Woodward, Mieszko Fortunski, Naoyuki Oi, Roberto Gomez and Shane Van Boening. When Szolnoki and Van Boening met in the hot seat match this past weekend, Van Boening was keenly aware of their meeting in England four months ago, when Szolnoki came from 5-1 down in a final-16 matchup to win 11 straight and eliminate Van Boening from the event. 

And Szolnoki’s win in South Carolina was not just the ‘luck of the (bracket) draw’ either, although at the Open/Pro level, it’s hard to ever make that argument convincingly. He survived two straight double hill matches against Abdullah Alshammari and Mario He and in one of the winners’ side quarterfinals, he won his third double hill match against last month’s runner-up at the US Open Pool Championships in Atlantic City, Aloysius Yapp. That put him into a winners’ side semifinal against Greece’s Alex Kazakis.

The eventual runner-up, Josh Filler, had lost his opening round match to Roland Garcia 7-4 and was already working on the 12-match, loss-side winning streak that would give him a shot against Szolnoki in the finals. Van Boening, in the meantime, had sent Jesse Link, Levi Taylor, Jeffrey DeLuna, Garcia, and Mieszko Fortunski to the loss side to face Naoyuki Oi in his winners’ side semifinal.

Szolnoki earned his place at the hot seat table with a 7-5 win over Kazakis. Van Boening joined him sending Oi west by the same score. Szolnoki put another 7-5 win in the books to claim the hot seat over Van Boening and waited on fellow Euroman, Josh Filler to finish his lengthy loss-side run.

On the loss side, Filler opened up against John Francisco, whom he defeated 7-2. In the second loss-side round, he met and defeated Landon Hollingsworth 7-1.

Hollingsworth, who won two separate divisions of the BEF Junior National Championships this past July in Las Vegas and will be competing at the International Open later this month, was preparing (warming up?) for a trip to Austria to represent the US in the World Junior Nationals (he left today, Tuesday, Oct. 5). What is striking about his appearance in the weekend’s Omega Diamond Open’s 9-Ball event was not that he lost to Filler on the loss side, which surprised no one (least of all, him), but who he defeated on the winners’ side in his opening match. Normally lost in a narrative that by necessity condenses match results down to a manageable number, any opening round match, not won or lost by one of the final five or six standing would not generally find its way into a basic report on an event. That said, Hollingsworth earned his way into the narrative, by virtue of his opening round, double hill victory over Sky Woodward, a junior competitor himself, not so long ago. The win occasioned a surprised, “yeah, can you believe it?’ chuckle from him on Sunday afternoon, as he spoke briefly about his expectations and the general excitement of preparing for his first trip overseas. Hollingsworth is our Junior Player of the Month, profiled in the October edition of Billiard’s Buzz.

We and Joshua Filler move on. He downed Mickey Krause, Richard Kolgore (double hill) and happily accepted a forfeit win from his wife, Pia. Subsequent wins over Scott Frost, John Morra and Mieszko Fortunski brought Filler to Jeffrey DeLuna, whom he shutout to draw Kazakis, just over from his winners’ side loss to Szolnoki. Naoyuki Oi picked up Yapp, who, following his loss to Szolnoki, had eliminated Fedor Gorst and Eklent Kaci.

Yapp defeated Oi 7-1 and, in the quarterfinals met Filler, who’d downed Kazakis 7-1. Filler then sent Yapp home (so to speak) 7-1 and shortly thereafter, in the semifinals, Van Boening 7-5. 

The waiting seemed to have cooled Szolnoki down a bit, as Filler stepped in and took the opening set of the true double elimination final 7-2. Szolnoki rallied in the second set, fighting tooth and nail (which, by the way, means “with the use of one’s teeth and nails as weapons, biting and scratching”). They fought back and forth to double hill before Szolnoki dropped the last 9-ball to claim the title and arguably end further usage of the ‘Oliver who?’ question.

Yapp Traps CSI Michigan Open 10-Ball Title

Roberto Gomez and Aloysius Yapp

This month, Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp has had himself a pretty good year.

The 25-year-old began his September with a top 10 finish in the Diamond Las Vegas Open, then reached the semifinals of the Predator World 10-Ball Championships six days later. Following those performances, he traveled cross-country to Atlantic City where he reached the finals of the U.S. Open Pool Championships, jumping out to an 8-3 lead against Carlo Biado before the Filipino mounted a second-half comeback and secured the title, 13-8.

Saturday night at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Mich., Yapp broke through and won his first major championship, taking advantage of a handful errors by opponent Roberto Gomez Jr. to win the CSI Michigan Open in straight sets, 4-0, 4-2. With the victory, Yapp earned a $12,000 payday and automatic entry in the 2022 World 10-Ball Championships at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas next March.

Yapp struggled with his break throughout the final day of the event, failing to pocket a ball on his opening shot six times during the championship match. Instead, he used a misplayed safety by Gomez coupled with his lone-break-and-run to build a 2-0 advantage, then took advantage of a missed shot by his opponent in the next rack to increase the lead and climb onto the hill. After Yapp again broke dry in the fourth game, the Filipino appeared to be in position to win his first rack of the match but missed the 7 ball in the corner pocket, allowing Yapp back to the table where he closed out the set, 4-0.

The script was more of the same in the second set, with Yapp taking advantage of a missed 2 ball in the first game and two misplayed safeties by Gomez in the next two racks to grab another 3-0 lead. Gomez returned to the table in the fourth game after his opponent again failed to pocket a ball on the break and appeared positioned to run out the rack but missed the 3 ball. Yapp then seemed to have a clear path to close out the match but scratched in the side pocket while attempting to secure position on the 8 ball. Gomez cleared the table then took advantage of a misplayed safety from Yapp to cut the lead to 3-2.

Now at the table with a chance to tie the match at three games each, it was Gomez this time who broke and didn’t make a ball. Yapp slowly and methodically worked his way through the rack, sending the cue ball three rails after pocketing the 8 ball to secure position on the 9 ball, then slyly cracking a smile when he landed straight in position on the 10 ball for the win. After pocketing the game-winning ball, the young man from Singapore raised his cue in triumph with a large smile on his face.

The smile may have been out of relief as much as happiness, with Yapp surviving the final day as much as earned the win.

After gutting out straight set victories against Greece’s Alex Kazakis and Poland’s Konrad Juszczyszyn, Yapp faced Hungary’s Oliver Szolnoki in the semifinals. He took advantage of a pair of dry breaks and a safety exchange to build a 3-1 lead but left back-to-back opportunities in the next two games when he left an open shot after a safety and scratched in the corner pocket. With the score now tied 3-3, Yapp was able to clear the table and take the set after his opponent failed to pocket a ball on the break.

The Hungarian was able to jump out to an early 3-1 advantage in the second set thanks to Yapp scratching in the first and third games. Yapp took advantage of another Szolnoki dry break to cut the deficit to 3-2, then used a victorious safety exchange to tie the score. After Yapp broke dry in the deciding game, Szolnoki appeared to be closing out the set and sending the match to a sudden death shootout but missed the 2 ball, allowing Yapp to close out the rack and the match.

Meanwhile Gomez had a bit more of a struggle to reach the finals, needing the sudden death frame to take down Mario He of Austria.

Mario He pitched a shutout in the opening set, using a Gomez missed 6 ball and some stout safety play to win four consecutive games. Gomez responded by winning the first two games of the second set with a run out after a safety followed by a break-and-run. He cleared the table and climbed onto the scoreboard in the third rack after his opponent missed the 3 ball, then took advantage of another Gomez miss in the next game to cut the deficit to 3-2. He’s chance at tying the match fizzled when he failed to pocket a ball on the break in the sixth game, allowing Gomez to run the table and send the match to penalty shots.

Gomez was perfect in the sudden death shootout, pocketing all four spot shots while He could only manage to complete three of the four overtime shots.

The U.S. Pro Billiard Series is scheduled to return to action next month at the FargoRate Ohio Open, a 64-player, $25,000-added event which will take place at Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio October 13-16.

The CSI Michigan Open was the third stop of the U.S. Pro Billiard Series, which features four open professional events between July and the end of the year. Created by Predator Group and amateur league operator CueSports International, these tournaments will run in tandem alongside of CSI league amateur events being held throughout the country. The winner of each competition receives a guaranteed spot in the $125,000-added 2022 Predator World 10-Ball Championship, which will be held March 28 through April 1 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

This competition was played on Predator Pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia performance cloth, with Predator Arcos II precision balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights.

For more information on the U.S. Pro Billiard Series or amateur leagues, visit www.playcsipool.com.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook and Instagram. For Live broadcasting watch   or follow WorldBilliardTV on YouTube for replays.

Carlo Biado Wins The US Open Pool Championship

Carlo Biado has won The US Open Pool Championship beating Aloysius Yapp at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City in partnership with Caesars Entertainment and the Atlantic City Sports Commission.

RESULT – Carlo Biado 13-8 Aloysius Yapp

Biado started the final the strongest of the pair going into a quick 2-0 lead with back-to-back break and runs. The Filipino got the crowd going in the third after jumping the four to cut the one in, but it was Yapp who took it to trail 2-1 early on.

Yapp broke in the fourth but struggled for any position off it leaving a simple 1 2 combo to allow Biado the chance to run the rack and have the break in the fifth. It was Biado’s turn to find himself stuck off the break and Yapp was soon back at the table where he executed the perfect table length bank on the 2 as he cut Biado’s lead to one rack.

As ever in the tournament so far, Yapp never looked fazed by his opponent’s pedigree racing into a 5-3 lead to put some breathing space between the pair for the first time in the contest. In the ninth rack it was all about safety as they did battle early on before eventually, Biado drew a foul from Yapp.

Yapp began to put daylight between the pair putting Biado in all sorts of trouble in the 10th rack where the two were tied up by the seven and with that Yapp lead 7-3. Yapp soon missed the nine which could’ve made it 9-3 and that’s when the contest turned entirely in Biado’s favour.

Biado ran the following two racks after the nine to only trail by two at 8-6. A pivotal moment coming in the following rack where Biado jumped the six effortlessly to pocket the one and soon pull it to 8-7. It was Biado’s fifth successive rack to make it eight all and soon Yapp was staring down the barrel of defeat.

Perhaps left cold after being sat at his corner for a while, Yapp had his chance when tied but he drew the cue ball the length of the table on the two scratching and allowing Biado to the table to take the lead for the first time since being 3-2 up.

At 10-8 up, Biado once again broke out the jump cue to pocket the one expertly and the bags of experience showed as he closed out the contest.

Everything was relatively plain sailing for Biado from there on getting onto the hill before missing what could’ve been a costly 1 9 combo in what was ultimately the last rack as Biado became the first Filipino to win the US Open Pool Championship since Efren Reyes.

Yapp said: “I am lost for words. I feel grateful to be in the final and all the fans have been awesome so thank you. I know I can do it; I am coming back stronger next year.”

Biado was elated with his win and struggled to hold back the tears: “I am very happy because this event is one of my dreams. I dedicate this to my family and to my baby. Thank you to all of you even during the pandemic you’re still here watching around the world. Thank you to Matchroom, my sponsors, and all of the Filipinos who support me always everywhere.”

The 2021 US Open Pool Championship will be partnered by Diamond, who supply the Official Table; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are ARAMITH Tournament BLACK pool ball set with Duramith™ Technology by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Kamui are the Official Chalk and Tip. The US Open Pool Championship is sanctioned by the WPA.

Only four remain at US Open Pool Championship with Yapp, Orcollo, Biado and Oi through

Carlo Biado (Jake Asby/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Aloysius Yapp, Dennis Orcollo, Carlo Biado, and Naoyuki Oi are the four remaining players at the US Open Pool Championship heading into the final day of play at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City.

Yapp has been a breakout star of recent months and continued from beating Shane Van Boening earlier today to beat Rodrigo Geronimo of the Philippines to book the first space in tomorrow’s semi-finals where he will take on Orcollo.

The Singapore cueist passed up on some early opportunities including a miss on the seven which gave Geronimo the early advantage, but those early shakes were soon a thing of the past in the fourth rack after kicking the two into the middle pocket. Early exchanges went back and forth with Geronimo edging ahead going into the tenth rack, but Yapp took hold of proceedings from there on in. A 5 9 combo was Yapp’s first of the day having missed one earlier in the match and earlier in the day against Van Boening.

Yapp laid a three-rack cushion at 8-5 before playing arguably the biggest shot of the match. He played a sublime cut on the eight before a bank in the middle pocket on the nine despite the odds stacked against him.

It was error-strewn from Geronimo at times and that was ultimately his downfall as Yapp got on the hill from his opponent’s failed bank on the three. The victory was swiftly secured for Yapp to be in his second semi-final in the space of a week.

The experienced Orcollo stands in the way of Yapp making a maiden final berth at a Matchroom Pool Series tournament after the Filipino beat the industrious Max Lechner 11-7 live on Matchroom Pool’s YouTube channel.

Oi sent 2019 World Champion Fedor Gorst packing in the final match of the day on the main table 11-9. Oi produced brilliance throughout the match with an early highlight coming in the fifth with the finest piece of creativity to make a 1 9 combo with a kick into the middle pocket.

Gorst kept pace with Oi and levelled at four all after fluking the eight. In the 15th rack, Gorst dry broke and Oi picked up the rack to lead 9-6. It wasn’t quite the end for Gorst though, he got it back to 9-9 after some smart safety. In the end, Oi was too strong as he booked his place in the semi-finals.

Biado booked his place in the semi-finals against Oi after beating compatriot Johann Gonzales Chua 11-10 live on the Matchroom Pool YouTube channel. Chua pulled it back on several occasions before pulling through in the final rack at hill-hill to become the final player into the semi-finals meaning it will be the first all-Asian US Open Pool Championship final in history.

SEMI-FINAL FIXTURES (10 am ET)

Aloysius Yapp vs Dennis Orcollo
Carlo Biado vs Naoyuki Oi

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The 2021 US Open Pool Championship will be partnered by Diamond, who supply the Official Table; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are ARAMITH Tournament BLACK pool ball set with Duramith™ Technology by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Kamui are the Official Chalk and Tip. The US Open Pool Championship is sanctioned by the WPA.

US Open Pool Championship Down To 8 With Van Boening Out

Aloysius Yapp

Home favourite Shane Van Boening is out of the US Open Pool Championship at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City at the Last 16 stage as Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp secured a comprehensive 11-5 victory over the five-time champion.

Van Boening went into the penultimate day with eyes firmly set on becoming the most successful player ever at the US Open but Yapp came to spoil the party on the TV table winning the lag and proceeding to break and run in the opening two racks.

It was all one-way traffic as Yapp marched into a 5-0 lead before drama struck in the sixth rack when a discussion took place over whether a shot clock extension had been called before the clock was reset and Van Boening continued the rack.

Yapp continued his ascendancy to an eight-nil lead where Van Boening finally got to show a piece of brilliance taking the ball around two rails after potting the one to get back in position for the table. The American made the next three racks to force a fightback but in truth, it was a tall order against a confident Yapp fresh off the back of finishing runner-up at the World 10-ball last week. He went on the hill at 10-3 before Van Boening took two racks but it wasn’t to be as Yapp sealed a place in the quarter-finals 11-5.

Max Lechner continued his impressive debut by being the first name into the quarters by beating Poland’s Mieszko Fortuński 11-4 to set up a tantalizing clash with Dennis Orcollo. Orcollo overcame Mario He 11-6 live on the Matchroom Pool YouTube as the Filipino joined compatriot Rodrigo Geronimo in the last eight.

Geronimo was involved in one of the biggest battles of the last 16 against Denis Grabe who was fresh off beating former champion Jayson Shaw. It went to hill hill with Geronimo fluking a safety with three balls on the table in the last rack. Grabe scratched after hitting the seven leading to Geronimo having ball in hand to clear up and win.

After the first spectacle on Table 1, there was a lot for David Alcaide and Carlo Biado to live up to and they did just that in a thriller that saw Biado come out on top 11-10 in a dramatic contest. Punches were thrown from each side as they level pegged at various points from 1-1 to 3-3 to 4-4, 6-6, 7-7, 9-9 before going hill hill.

Biado had turned things around against Alcaide before nearly letting it slip at 9-9. A straight miss on the six put Alcaide back at the table who found himself breaking for the match in the last rack, but the Spaniard found himself positionally out of sorts from the break as he missed the two ball as he tried to cut it.

Naoyuki Oi came from behind to beat Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 11-7 where it did look like at one stage Sanchez Ruiz would run away with it. Fedor Gorst meanwhile beat the last remaining Dutchman Marco Teutscher 11-7. Johann Gonzales Chua became the fourth Filipino in the last eight beating John Morra 11-8 despite a fightback from the Canadian late on.

QUARTER-FINAL FIXTURES FROM 3:30 PM (ET)

Aloysius Yapp vs Rodrigo Geronimo (Table 1)
Max Lechner vs Dennis Orcollo (Table 2)
Johann Gonzales Chua vs Carlo Biado (Table 2)
Fedor Gorst vs Naoyuki Oi (Table 1)

WATCH
Fans can take in Table 1 live on the TV broadcast wherever you are in the world on DAZN in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Sky Sports in the UK. Find out where you can watch the US Open Pool Championship in your country right here.

Table 2 is free to watch and available on the Matchroom Pool YouTube here.

Ticket prices start from $31.24 per session for the single-elimination stage.

Get your tickets here. 

The 2021 US Open Pool Championship will be partnered by Diamond, who supply the Official Table; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are ARAMITH Tournament BLACK pool ball set with Duramith™ Technology by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Kamui are the Official Chalk and Tip. The US Open Pool Championship is sanctioned by the WPA.

Defending Champion Joshua Filler Out As US Open Last 16 Draw Made

Defending champion Joshua Filler bowed out of the US Open Pool Championship at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City as 9-ball’s toughest tournament moved down to the last 16.

Scores

Alexander Kazakis, Billy Thorpe, and Judd Trump were amongst the names to depart in the morning session before the afternoon and evening action got underway with Francisco Sanchez Ruiz coming from 5-0 down to defeat Shane Van Boening 11-6 to join the last 16.

The Spaniard pounced on an uncharacteristic scratch from Van Boening in the 10th rack and then did the same in the 15th after it looked like the five-time champion would clear the table to cut the deficit to 8-7. Instead, Sanchez Ruiz went 9-6 up and completed a memorable comeback.

Reigning champion Filler followed up from that match knocking out America’s Skyler Woodward in an 11-4 victory that saw the German continue his route towards the last 16. Mieszko Fortuński was next in Filler’s way. Fortuński has battled away throughout the week and put in arguably one of his biggest wins of his career so far to defeat Filler 11-3 in front of a packed crowd around table two. That result saw Filler’s tournament end whilst Fortuński continued his march.

David Alcaide joined his compatriot Sanchez Ruiz in the last 16, the 2019 World Pool Masters champion was trailing for large parts of his match against the Netherlands’ Marc Bijsterbosch but came through 11-8 to put himself in the draw.

There will be four Filipinos come Friday, Dennis Orcollo had wrapped his place up earlier on against Olivér Szolnoki and was swiftly joined by Johann Gonzales Chua who got the better of Mieszko Fortuński in winners’ qualification. Rodrigo Geronimo bypassed Niels Feijen 11-6 to become the third name in the hat.

Jayson Shaw’s US Open title efforts took an almighty dent early on losing out to Denis Grabe of Estonia meaning the Scotsman had to do battle in the losers’ qualification round where he came against a hungry Carlo Biado. Biado came fresh off the back of beating Jeffrey De Luna and he continued his demolition work to come out on top 11-4 to send Shaw home.

Max Lechner has gone about his business quietly all week and that work has paid dividends as he beat Rodrigo Geronimo 11-2 to make the last 16 on his US Open debut.

Van Boening came back after defeat to Filler to face Albin Ouschan later in the evening after Ouschan had defeated Chang Jung-Lin 11-1. In front of the biggest crowd of the tournament to date, Van Boening put on a masterclass in cueing, safety, and everything in-between as the five-time champion downed the World Champion in an 11-2 crushing to keep those eyes firmly set on becoming the most successful player ever at the US Open.

Other Losers Qualification Results

John Morra 11-6 Mickey Krause
Niels Feijen 6-11 Rodrigo Geronimo
Mario He 11-5 Olivér Szolnoki
Naoyuki Oi 11-4 Marc Bijsterbosch
Marco Teutscher 11-6 Darren Appleton

The Last 16 Draw
Aloysius Yapp vs Shane Van Boening (Table 1)
Denis Grabe vs Rodrigo Geronimo (Table 3)
Max Lechner vs Mieszko Fortuński (Table 4)
Dennis Orcollo vs Mario He (Table 2)
Johann Gonzales Chua vs John Morra (Table 3)
David Alcaide vs Carlo Biado (Table 1)
Fedor Gorst vs Marco Teutscher (Table 4)
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz vs Naoyuki Oi (Table 2)

Watch
Fans can take in Table 1 live on the TV broadcast wherever you are in the world on DAZN in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Sky Sports in the UK. Find out where you can watch the US Open Pool Championship in your country right here.

Table 2 is free to watch and available on the Matchroom Pool YouTube here.

Ticket prices start from $31.24 per session for the single-elimination stage.

Get your tickets here. 

The 2021 US Open Pool Championship will be partnered by Diamond, who supply the Official Table; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are ARAMITH Tournament BLACK pool ball set with Duramith™ Technology by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Kamui are the Official Chalk and Tip. The US Open Pool Championship is sanctioned by the WPA.