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The Dutch Curse Continues in The Netherlands

Rui Edgar Franco

Rui Edgar Franco (POR) just defeated Nick Van Den Berg (NED) 9:4 in the second winner’s round of the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open in Leende, The Netherlands.


His home turf does not seem to be a promising ground for van den Berg. So far, the successful Dutch top player never achieved a top finish at a Euro-Tour event in his own country. It looks like this might be continuing this year. Van den Berg was up in winner’s round two against Franco from Portugal. Rui Edgar Franco is not necessarily a blank sheet in the European pool world. He has played a few Euro-Tours and European Championships but never finished in the top ranks. Probably one of his biggest achievements was to win the qualifier in Albania this year with his friend Joao Grilo as team Portugal for the upcoming World Cup of Pool. Compared to that, van den Berg entered the match as the mile high favorite player. Though Franco managed to win the first rack, van den Berg snatched the next four in a row and after five racks the scoreboard expected the more or less expected result of 4:1 in favor of van den Berg. Then Franco went for a time-out. After that, van den Berg continued as before but when he played the 7-ball he kicked into the 9-ball  and the cue ball scratched. At that point in time nobody believed that this might be a turning point in the match; especially not such a massive one. But whatever van den Berg did – he could not win another rack. Franco leveled the match after the next two racks and the score was 4:4. He broke the balls and continued play. When he went for the 5-ball he legally pocketed it and the 9-ball was also pocketed. So Franco could take the lead for the first time in the match. Rack ten was fiercely fought over with many safety shots exchanged by both contestants. Again it was Franco who got started first and went for the open balls after van den Berg left a shot for him. The Portuguese took his chance and also put that rack into his account. The next break shot was executed by Franco but he came up dry with no balls down. Even this opportunity van den Berg was not able to turn into a point for his score. He already missed the second shot and Franco once more ran out. To cut a long story short, the match continued exactly along those lines and van den Berg did not get one more rack. After his time-out, Franco took eight consecutive racks off van den Berg and won the match 9:4. Franco will meet German young gun Joshua Filler in his next match on the winner’s side tomorrow while van den Berg encounters the winner of Chinglong Lai (HKG) and Ralf Mrnka (GER).


Other remarkable results from today include Radoslaw Babica (POL) winning 9:6 over Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP).


Today’s feature match which will be live on Facebook will be the match at 17:45 CET between Andreas Gerwen (SWE) and Petri Makkonen (FIN). It's the battle of Scandinavia. See these two go for the Scandinavian bragging rights.


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Pool’s Best Get Ready To Run The Gauntlet

Carlo Biado (Photo courtesy of Richard Walker)

With the field at the 2015 World 9-ball Championship now down to the final 32, it's clear that the sprint to the finish line is anyone's game.


(Doha, Qatar)– So you want to be the champion of the world? Well good because now comes the hard part.

After a day of weeding out the pretenders from the contenders at the Al Arabi Sports Club, and with the field having been halved from 64 to 32 players, the 2015 World 9-ball Championship is now headed for what will surely be a dramatic climax over the next two days. Thursday promises to offer up enough drama, nerves and memorable pool to last many years as anyone who has designs on 9-ball’s biggest prize will be put through the meat grinder, with the field being whittled down to just four players at the end of the day’s play.
The group of 32 remaining players offers pool fans a fascinating combination of champions, veterans, potential rising stars and a few newcomers all ready to do battle. Many had to pass stern tests in their round of 64 match ups today, with some players being taken to the very limit before barely getting over the finish line.
It would be difficult to say that there were any shocking results in any of today’s 32 matches. That’s because the lesson from this year’s World 9-ball Championship is that the talent level in professional pool has risen dramatically from all corners of the globe. Perhaps never before in pool history has there been so many top level players competing all at once. This has produced a parity that makes predicting winners extremely difficult.
Nowhere was this more clear than in an early match featuring one of the tournament’s favorites, Taiwan’s Ko Pin Yi. Ko, the current World 10-ball champion and a marvelous talent, found himself down 4-1 early to James Campbell from Australia. Australia? Yeah you read that right. The land down under hasn’t produced word beaters in a long time but the young Aussie looked cool as ice as he stayed even through the halfway point. Ko, however, had too much class and won 11-7, but not before taking a few solid hits.
Ko already knows to prepare himself for some major blows in his round of 32 match on Thursday. There he’ll face the man he barely beat in the finals of the World 10-ball championship in February, the Philippines Carlo Biado. Biado absolutely wiped the floor of the Al Arabi clean with fellow Filipino Lee Vann Corteza today. This matchup between two of the sport’s best young talents is about as good as pool can produce. Whoever wins between Ko and Biado could very well go all the way.
England’s Mark Gray is starting to feel that he too could have designs on the big prize, especially after making a great escape today against the legendary German Ralf Souquet. Gray trailed the entire match, but hung around and at 9-7 down he won three straight racks to move to the hill. Souquet countered to tie but Gray broke and ran for a very satisfying victory.
Afterward Gray seemed downright ebullient and for good reason. He knows his rock solid snooker-trained stroke can hold up as good as anyone’s under the immense pressure of championship pool. And since becoming a father last year, his new found positive attitude at the table has been a key to  his stock rising once again.
“I’m not renowned for my stickability,” Gray said referring to his once shaky resiliency. “Sometimes I can get down on myself. But since I became a family man a couple of years ago, I realized that there’s more important things than pool. I just try to enjoy pool a lot more now. Ever since my little girl Sofia was born a couple of years ago, things seem to have happened for me on the pool table. I seem to be a lot more relaxed at the table, I hold myself together. And I seem to get rewarded for it.”
Gray will have all he can handle in his next match against one of pool’s fastest rising talents, John Morra. The Canadian pounded the UAE’s Omran Salem, 11-2.
Several other veterans produced fine victories in the early sessions today. Finland’s Mika Immonen, the 2001 World 9-ball Champion and a member of the Hall of Fame, continued his impressive form with an 11-2 win over Singapore’s Goh ChinTeck. The Philippines’ Warren Kiamco outlasted countryman Raymund Faraon 11—7. And Wu Jia Qing, who won the World 9-ball title exactly 10 years ago at the age of 16 years old, crushed Indonesia’s Irsan Nasution, 11-3. Wu will now feature in a hardcore match against world number 1, Albin Ouschan of Austria, who outlasted Japan’s Satoshi Kawabata, 11-8.
Today’s matches also showcased some terrific young talents, and fans will now get a chance to see them matchup.
Russia’s Ruslan Chinakov has been turning heads of late, and his 11-5 drubbing of the Philippines’ Antonio Gabica had fans singing the 23 year old’s praises. Since he appeared on the scene six years ago, Chinakov’s been known as a pool prodigy who didn’t like to practice much and didn’t have a head for pressure situations. But the Russian has recently redoubled his efforts in pool, even hiring renowned Dutch coach Johan Ruysink to help bring his game to championship level.
“I’m trying to get my game back to when I was 17 or 18 years old,” Chinakov said. “That’s when I played my best pool. This year has been good so far. Johan has helped me by telling  me to keep my mind clear. It seems to be working.”
Chinakov will get a chance to test his new found confidence when he trades blows with Chinese rising star Wang Can, who took down Japan’s Tohru Kuribayashi, 11-7.  
Singapore’s Aloisius Yapp and the Philippines Jeffrey Ignacio are two youngsters who have shown serious promise and will face off in the final 32. Yapp outlasted Japan’s Naoyuki Oi 11-9, while Ignacio routed Canada’s Jason Klatt, 11-5.
For the first time in many years the USA sees three players in the final 32. Shane Van Boening easily defeated Poland’s Tomasz Kaplan, 11-3. Hunter Lombardo surprised Poland’s Mateusz Sniegocki, 11-10. And Mike Dechaine escaped at the wire, beating Tawain’s Cheng Yu Hsuan, 11-10.
While Americans rightfully focus on the great Van Boening as their potential savior in 9-ball, Dechaine has exhibited all the tools so far this week to create serious waves. The 28 year old played a brilliant match today and his confidence level seems to be soaring.
“I’m playing great right now and I feel good,” Dechaine said after his high qualify match with Cheng. “I’ve got good concentration, focus, I’m breathing good. I’m not that nervous…yet. I think I’m playing rotation pool as good as anybody right now. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself. I’m not going to expect anything.”
England’s Darren Appleton had an easy time in his match against Mexico’s Reuben Bautista, winning 11-3. Appleton will now have a showdown with Greece’s Nick Ekonomopoulos, who outlasted Norway’s Matey Ullah, 11-7. Another Greek, Alexander Kazakis, pulled off his biggest win to date with a nervy 11-10 comeback victory over Taiwanese veteran and two time former world champion Fong Pang Chao.  
Taiwan’s former world number 1 Chang Yu Lung looked like a monster with his 11-4 win over the Netherland’s Marc Bijsterbosch.  Another Taiwanese, 19 year old Ko Pin Chung, who is the younger brother of Ko Pin Yi, looked positively brilliant with an 11-5 drubbing of Austria’s Mario He. The younger Ko will now be tested by the 2011 World 9-ball Champion, Yukio Akagariyama.
Spain brings two solid players in the final 32. Davide Alcaide came back to defeat Tawainese veteran Yang Ching Shun. Francisco Diaz Pizarro, the current European 9-ball champion, barely beat China’s very formidable Dang Jing Hu, 11-10.
Qatar’s last remaining hope never stood a chance, as debutante Mishel Turkey fell to the Philippines’ Dennis Orcollo, 11-1.
The field will be reduced to four players by the end of play on Thursday. The semi-finals and finals will be played on Friday.
**The 2015 WPA World 9-ball Championship takes place at the Al Arabi Sports Club Sports Club in Doha, Qatar from September 7-18, 2015. The winner of the 2015 World 9-ball Championship will receive $30,000. The runner up will receive $15,000. The total prize fund is $200,000.
The players will be competing on Wiraka New Model Tables with Simonis 860 Cloth, Electric Blue Color and using Aramith Super Pro TV Balls.
The Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation(QBSF), which is once again hosting and organizing the World 9-ball Championship, will be providing free live streaming of the entire tournament, in cooperation with Kozoom. Fans can watch the action live on the QBSF website at, With all 14 tables streamed live, fans can select which table they want to watch and switch between tables at their convenience.
Complete up to date brackets can be found here:
The WPA will be on hand in Doha throughout this year’s World 9-ball Championship providing up to the minute information, live scoring, photographs and in depth articles with insights and analysis from WPA Press Officer Ted Lerner. 
Fans can interact with us through the WPA’s official Facebook Page for the event at this link;
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Results Final 64
Warren Kiamco(PHL) 11 – 9 Raymund Faraon(PHL)
Jalal Yousef(VEN) 11 – 10 Zhou Long(CHN)
Carlo Biado(PHL) 11 – 5 Lee Vann Corteza(PHL)
Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 11 – 7 Justin Campbell(AUS) 
Mika Immonen(FIN) 11 – 3 Goh ChinTeck(SIN)
Wu Kun Lin(TPE) 11 – 9 Ryu Seang Woo(KOR) 
John Morra(CAN) 11 – 2 Omran Salem(UAE)
Mark Gray(GBR) 11 – 10 Ralf Souquet(GER)
Aloisius Yapp(SIN) 11 – 9 Naoyuki Oi(JPN) 
Jeffrey Ignacio(PHL) 11 – 5 Jason Klatt(CAN)
Lui Haitao(CHN) 11 – 10 Imran Majid(GBR) 
Alexander Kazakis(GRE) 11 – 10 Chao Fong Pang(TPE)
Ruslan Chinakov(RUS) 11 – 5 Antonio Gabica(PHL) 
Wang Can(CHN) 11 – 7 Tohru Kuribayashi(JPN)
Albin Ouschan(AUT) 11 – 8 Satoshi Kawabata(JPN) 
Wu Jia Qing(CHN) 11 – 3 Irsan Nasution(INA)
Ko Pin Chung(TPE) 11 – 5 Mario He(AUT)
Yukio Akagariyama(JPN) 11 – 5 Johann Chua(PHL) 
Denis Grabe(EST) 11 – 7 Li Hewen(CHN) 
Mike Dechaine(USA) 11 – 10 Cheng Yu Hsuan(TPE)
David Alcaide(ESP) 11 – 8 Yang Ching Shun(TPE)
Toh Lian Han(SIN) 11 – 8 Abdulrahman Al Amar(KSA)
 Liu Ching Chieh(TPE) 11 – 5 Andreas Gerwen(SWE)
Wojciech Szewczyk(POL) 11 – 8 Marco Teutscher(NED)
Chang Yu Lung(TPE) 11 – 4 Marc Bijsterbosch(NED)
Oliver Medenilla(PHL) 11 – 4 Karol Skowerski(POL) 
Shane Van Boening(USA) 11 – 3 Tomasz Kaplan(POL)
Francisco Diaz Pizarro(ESP) 11 -10 Dang Jin Hu(CHN) 
Hunter Lombardo(USA) 11 – 10 Mateusz Sniegocki(POL) 
Dennis Orcollo(PHL) 11 – 1 Mishel Turkey(QAT)
Darren Appleton(GBR) 11 – 3 Ruben Bautista(MEX)
Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE) 11 – 7 Matey Ullah(NOR)

From Singapore, With Serious Talent

Aloisius Yapp (Photo courtesy of Richard Walker)

Singapore's Aloysius Yapp arrives on pool's biggest stage with a dominating win over England's Darren Appleton on day 2 at the World 9-ball Championship.


(Doha, Qatar)– Each year at the World 9-ball Championship seems to bring pool fans a revelation, a new talent who makes his mark on the scene with such aplomb and style that you just know that big time success is surely in this young man’s future. This year in Doha it only took until the beginning of day 2 for one such player to arrive.

Singapore’s 19 year old Aloysius Yapp has been on the international scene for about a handful of years, but was never really noted for much more than an interesting sounding name.  Then late in 2014 the teenager pulled off his biggest success to date; capturing the WPA World Junior 9-ball Championship in Shanghai. 
Still, while winning the junior world title is quite the accomplishment, it’s a whole different ball game playing and winning against the big boys.  But today at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Yapp showed he truly has the goods to be a serious star on the world pool scene.  Paired against World number 2 Darren Appleton in a race to 9, first round match in group play, Yapp put on a memorable performance, taking everything the multi-titled world champion could give and dishing out a beating of his own, winning the match going away, 9 – 5.
Rest assured this result was not a fluke, or the result of Appleton having an off day. The English great actually played a near flawless match. But he was up against an opponent who had an answer for everything thrown at him. On top of terrific shot making, Yapp also showed an ice cold demeanor and confidence that belied his years. The Singaporean led from the start and turned the screws on Appleton seemingly at will. When it was over, Appleton suddenly found himself one loss away from a shock exit, while Yapp was basking in the tournament’s biggest upset.
Afterwards, Yapp revealed how he had gone from a relative unknown to a player clearly on the rise.  He has been playing pool since he was 9 years old. For the last five years he’s been a member of the Singaporean national pool team, a program funded by the government of the prosperous island state. In the last year his game started to seriously improve as he has traveled and played pool extensively overseas, including several events in China and even joining a Euro Tour event in Portugal. 
The experiences have not just helped Yapp’s game but his mental skills as well. Responding to a question about how he could possibly be so cool when playing against a monster like Appleton in the year’s biggest tournament, Yapp revealed a mindset that seemed downright alien to his baby faced looks.
“It was a good match,” Yapp said. “We both played well. I think there was only one mistake during the whole match. I didn’t think I was going to win and I didn’t think I was going to lose. I just went in with an empty mind, and just played my game and tried to do my best.
“I wasn’t nervous when I found out I was playing Appleton. I was actually quite excited. I wanted to draw him a long time ago. I looked forward to playing with him. All I told myself was ‘just be calm and do your best. Don’t think about winning and don’t think about losing. Just think about what’s on the table, and you’ll handle it from there.’
“I feel I can play and beat anybody in this event. In 9-ball the ball is round, anything can happen. Everyone stands an equal chance to win the world title.”
Appleton, who would later rebound with a solid losers side win to stay in the tournament, was genuinely impressed by Yapp’s ability.
“He played really well,” Appleton said. :I was never in the match. If he plays the rest of the way like he did against me he can win the tournament. But the problem is he is very young and inexperienced. He’s well capable of the getting into the quarters. You can see when he’s playing that he doesn’t fear anyone, he just plays the game which is the right thing to do.
“He’s a good player, he’s got a good future. Obviously the deeper he goes in the tournament, it adds more pressure. He’s a long shot but he if got to the quarterfinal then it wouldn’t surprise me. We all know the potential he’s got.”
Day 2 at the 2015 World 9-ball Championship saw the completion of all first round matches in the double elimination group stages, followed by second round matches on the one loss side of each group. By the end of the day, 32 players had been given their walking papers from the event.
The Philippines Dennis Orcollo looked very strong against Spain’s capable Francisco Diaz Pizarro, winning easily, 9-4. Two time world 9-ball champion Thorsten Hohmann also found victory with an easy 9-3 win over Jordan’s Nizar Mosbah Tamimi.
Taiwan’s Fong Pang Chao, who has also won this event twice, the first time 22 years ago, has clearly rolled back the years. Chao came to Doha without a spot and won one of the brutal qualifiers to gain entry into the main event. Today in his first match Chao manhandled China’s top player, Liu Haitao, 9 – 5.
The Philippines Antonio Gabica, who lives in Qatar and coaches the Qatar national pool team, always seems to perform well in this event, and today he showed he is going to be a stingy opponent as he easily beat one of the Middle East’s best players, Kuwait’s Omar Alsheen, 9 – 3.  One of the Philippines rising young players, Jeffry Ignacio, who gained entry into the event by winning a qualifier, looked solid today, in a 9-7 win over Sweden’s Andreas Gerwen.
Other players winning their first round matches today were Taiwan’s Chang Yu Lung, England’s Mark Gray, Canada’s Jason Klatt, Poland’s Karol Skowerski, Englan’s Imran Majid, and New Zealand’s Matt Edwards.
With all matches on the losers side do or die, the tension began to rise, but most of the name players pulled through to give themselves one more chance to make the Final 64 single elimination stage. Japan’s Kuribayashi Tohru, Qatar’s Waleed Majid, the Philippines Lee Vann Corteza, Tawain’s Chang Jun Lin, the Netherland’s Nick Van Den Berg, England’s Karl Boyes, China’s Liu Haitao and Kuwait’s Al Shaheen all won their second matches to stay alive.
The World 9-ball Championship of course, is not all about the name players. Each year the talent level from all corners of the globe becomes deeper and better. This year’s field includes players from non-traditional 9-ball locales such as Bangladesh, the Maldives, Iran, Peru, Egypt and even one player from Palestine, a first for this championship.
Play continues at the Al Arabi Sports Club on Monday with three sessions, all with winners’ side matches in group play. Winners of these matches will qualify for the Final 64 single elimination knockout stage, while the losers will get one more chance to qualify on Tuesday.  
**The 2015 WPA World 9-ball Championship takes place at the Al Arabi Sports Club Sports Club in Doha, Qatar from September 7-18, 2015. The winner of the 2015 World 9-ball Championship will receive $30,000. The runner up will receive $15,000. The total prize fund is $200,000.
The players will be competing on Wiraka New Model Tables with Simonis 860 Cloth, Electric Blue Color and using Aramith Super Pro TV Balls.
The Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation(QBSF), which is once again hosting and organizing the World 9-ball Championship, will be providing free live streaming of the entire tournament, in cooperation with Kozoom. Fans can watch the action live on the QBSF website at, With all 14 tables streamed live, fans can select which table they want to watch and switch between tables at their convenience.
Complete up to date brackets can be found here:
The WPA will be on hand in Doha throughout this year’s World 9-ball Championship providing up to the minute information, live scoring, photographs and in depth articles with insights and analysis from WPA Press Officer Ted Lerner. 
Fans can interact with us through the WPA’s official Facebook Page for the event at this link;
The WPA is also on Twitter; @poolwpa
1st Round Matches
Group 13
Dennis Orcollo(PHL) 9 – 4 Francisco Diaz-Pizarro(ESP)
Hosain Sayeem(BAN) 9 – 7 Fahad Al Hejeli(KSA)   
Thorsten Hohmann(GER) 9 – 3 Nizar Mosbah Tamimi(JOR)
Jalal Al Saris(VEN) 9 – 7 Goh Chin Teck(SIN)   
Group 14
Lo Ho Sum(HKG) 9 – 5 Karl Boyes(GBR)   
Imran Majid(GBR) 9 – 4. Sameer Al Madhi(BRN)
Chao Fong Pang(TPE) 9 – 5 Liu Haitao(CHN)   
Karol Skowerski(POL) 9 – 4  Meshal Al Murdhi(KUW)
Group 15
Chang Yu Lung(TPE) 9 – 4 Sundeep  Gulati(IND)
Matt Edwards(NZL) 9- 8 Petri Makkonen(FIN)
Jason Klatt(CAN) 9 – 4 Ali Hussein Ali(IRQ)
Jeffrey Ignacio(PHI) 9 – 7 Andreas Gerwen(SWE)
Group 16
Antonio Gabica(PHL) 9 – 3 Omar Alshaheen(KUW)
Sinha Fahim(BAN) 9 – 3 Bader Al Hamdan(KSA)
Aloysius Yapp(SIN) 9 – 5 Darren Appleton(GBR) 
Mark Gray(GBR) 9 – 1 Mohamed S.A. Elmola(EGY)
Group 1
Hunter Lombardo(USA) 9 – 5 Khaled A.M. Farag(EGY) 
Irsan Afrinneza Nasution(INA) 9 – 5 Konstantin Stepanov(RUS)        
Group 2
Kuribayashi Tohru(JPN) 9 – 8 Mohd Al Bin Ali(QAT)
Abdullah Al Yousef(KUW) 9 – 6 Bader Al Awadhi(KUW)
Group 3
Roman Hybler(GER) 9 – 7 Rasekhi Medhi(IRI)
Waleed Majid(QAT)9 – 5 Sanchez-Ruiz Franscisco(ESP)
Group 4
Mohammad Saeed(QAT)9 – 3 Francois Ellis(RSA)
Marco Teutscher(NED) ) 9 – 0 Mohamed Shareef(MDV)
Group 5
Vegar Kristiansen(NOR) 9 – 7  Jeong Young Hwa(KOR)
Shannon Ducharme(CAN) 9 – 8 Mohanna Obaidly(QAT)
Group 6
Chang Jun Ling(TPE) 9 – 4 Mohammad Sharif(PAL)
Ali Obaidly(QAT) 9 – 3 Hichem Benaissa(ALG)
Group 7
Nick Van Den Berg(NED) 9 – 3 Abdultif Fawal(QAT)
Lee Van Corteza(PHL) 9 – 7 Mohamed Al Hosani(UAE)
Group 8
Muhammad Bewi Simanjuntak(INA)  9 – 5 Alejandro Carvajal(CHI)
Mishel Turkey(QAT) 9 – 5 Fahad Khalaf(BRN)
Group 9
Denis Grabe(EST) 9 – 4 Rajandran Nair(RSA)
Zhu Xi He(CHN) 9 – 8 Amir Rota(QAT-PH)
Group 10
Cheng Yu Hsuan(TPE) 9 – 6  Marcus Chamat(SWE)
Omran Salem(UAE) 9 – 8  Hassan Shafraz(MDV)
Group 11
Mario He(AUT)9 – 6 Mazen Berjaoui(LEB)
Chu Bing Jie(CHN)9  – 6 Khalid Yousuf Esbttam(UAE)
Group 12
Ryu Seang Woo(KOR)9 – 2 Hamzaa M. Saeed Ali(ERI)
Francisco Felicilda(QAT-PH)9 – 7 Mohammad Berjaoui(LEB)
Group 13
Francisco Diaz-Pizarro(ESP) 9 – 3 Fahad Al Hejeli(KSA)   
Goh Chin Teck(SIN)  9 – 5 Nizar Mosbah Tamimi(JOR)
Group 14
Karl Boyes(GBR) 9 – 2 Sameer Al Madhi(BRN)
Liu Haitao(CHN) 9- 2 Meshal Al Murdhi(KUW)
Group 15
Petri Makkonen(FIN) 9 -8 Sundeep  Gulati(IND) 
Andreas Gerwen(SWE) 9 – 4 Ali Hussein Ali(IRQ)
Group 16
Omar Alshaheen(KUW)9 – 4 Bader Al Hamdan(KSA)
Darren Appleton(GBR) 9- 3 Mohamed S.A. Elmola(EGY)

Dutch, US & England A go through

Earl Strickland and Shane Van Boening

Holland 7 – 3 Sweden
USA 7 – 2 Croatia
England A 7 – 6 Spain
THREE of the big guns of the sport enjoyed victories at the Betway World Cup of Pool as the first round continued at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. Holland, USA and England A all had wins and will take their place in the second round.
Home team England A – Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes – had a huge scare as they nearly succumbed to Spain, scraping through in the deciding rack of the match. Spain had taken a 5-3 lead in front of a lively crowd but the English levelled it at 5-5.
Francisco Diaz for Spain, though, played a daring 4/9 combination which put the Spaniards on the hill. His partner David Alcaide just couldn’t get the requisite number of balls over the head string and control of the table passed back to the English. It was a lifeline that they gratefully accepted to level the match at 6-6.
An inconclusive break from Appleton saw Spain back to the table for a push out. Both teams had visits before Boyes missed a bank on the 2 ball to give Spain a great chance. Alcaide though, failed to pot the 4 ball and with the balls lying invitingly on the table, the English pair cleared to take a nervy win.
 “I am absolutely amazed that he missed that ball at the end. I think he tried to do something with the cue ball to get shape on the next ball but he could have just run it through, but that is the pressure,” said a relieved Appleton.
“The last rack was really tense and really edgy but besides that it was a pretty good match. To get through at the end like we did, we are very happy. That is the type of luck that you are going to need if you are going to win this tournament, and hopefully that will kick us on now and we can go further in the tournament,” he added.
2013 runners-up Holland got their campaign off to a successful start as they had too much in the tank for the Swedish pair of Andreas Gerwen and Tomas Larsson. Nick Van Den Berg kept things on track as his partner Niels Feijen was a little sloppy in the early stages, but the reigning World 9 Ball Champion and World No.1 came with some good shots to close out the win.
“We know we are both in form and among the favourites this week. But you cannot expect anything, to get to the final is a high expectation but we want to win this,” said Feijen.
Van den Berg added, “We are in form as players but we have to make every ball and take every chance you get. If you have some tough shots early on you can’t make them all of the time and in a race to seven you can crash out at any time. We tried our best and we did well.”
Team USAEarl Strickland and Shane Van Boening – made light work of Croatia as they waltzed through the racks to take a 7-2 win and a second round match up against Russia on Thursday evening.
The match went to 6-0 fairly quickly before Strickland scratched to bring the Croatians – Ivica Putnik and Karlo Dalmatin – back to the table. They took that one and the next but it was only a matter of time and it was Strickland who downed the winning 9 ball.
Strickland said, “We played virtually flawless apart from a few bad safeties early in the match. It is the nature of the game, you don’t know when it is going to change and it can change at any moment and you lose momentum. I made a couple of mistakes early on but overall we played pretty well. We don’t have to talk a lot, we pretty much know where we both want the cue ball.”
Now in its ninth year, the Betway World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams from around the world battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund. The defending champions are the Philippines who will be among the favourites to claim a record-breaking fourth World Cup.
All tickets are priced at £5 (afternoons) and £10 evenings and are available from the venue or

WCOP: Full line-up announced for pool’s battle royal

2013’s finalists: Holland and the Philippines

WITH THE ANNUAL World Cup of Pool set to get underway on the 23rd September, the full line-up of players can now be confirmed and it is arguably the strongest set of players ever assembled in the nine year history of the event.
There are 12 World Champions competing as well as six US Open Champions and countless European and Asian Champions. In addition the field also contains seven former World Cup winners and nine World Pool Masters champions, making it a must-see tournament for UK pool fans.
Taking place at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth from Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th September, there are 16 first round matches over the first three days.
Europe (17)
Austria – Albin Ouschan & Mario He
Croatia – Ivica Putnik & Karlo Dalmatin
Czech Republic – Roman Hybler & Michal Gavenciak
England A – Darren Appleton & Karl Boyes
England B – Daryl Peach & Chris Melling
Finland – Mika Immonen & Petri Makkonen
France – Stephan Cohen & Alex Montpellier
Germany – Ralf Souquet & Thorsten Hohmann
Greece – Nick Ekonomopoulos & Alexandros Kazakis
Holland – Niels Feijen & Nick Van Den Berg
Italy – Fabio Petroni & Daniele Corrieri
Poland – Karol Skowerski & Mateusz Sniegocki
Portugal – Manuel Gama & Guilherme Sousa
Russia – Konstantin Stepanov & Ruslan Chinahov
Spain – David Alcaide & Francisco Diaz-Pizarro
Sweden – Andreas Gerwen & Tomas Larsson
Switzerland – Dimitri Jungo & Ronald Regli

Rest of World (5)
Australia – Phil Reilly & James Georgiadis
Canada – Alex Pagulayan & John Morra
Chile – Alejandro Carvajal & Enrique Rojas
Qatar – Waleed Majid & Bashar Hussain
USA – Shane Van Boening & Earl Strickland
Asia (10)
China – Wang Can & Dang Jinhu
Chinese Taipei – Chang Yu-lung & Hsu Kai Lun
India – Raj Hundal & Amar Kang
Indonesia – Irsal Nasution & Muhammad Zulfikri
Japan – Hayato Hijikata & Masaaki Tanaka
Korea – Jeong Yung Hwa & Ha Minuk
Malaysia – Ibrahim Amir & Alan Tan
Philippines – Dennis Orcollo & Lee Vann Corteza
Thailand – Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Tanut Makkamontee   
Vietnam – Nguyen Phuc Long & Dang Thanh Kien
Now in its ninth year, the World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams from around the world battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund. The defending champions are the Philippines who will be among the favourites to claim a record-breaking fourth World Cup.
The event starts on Tuesday 23rd September and there are two sessions daily at 12 noon and 6.00pm during weekdays and then 1.00pm and 6.00pm at the weekend. Team USA get their campaign underway on Wednesday 24th September.
All tickets are priced at £5 (afternoons) and £10 evenings and are available from the venue or
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Experience Carries The Opening Day

Dennis Orcollo (Photo courtesy of Richard Walker)

Long time followers of the WPA World 9-ball Championship know that the event is always full of surprises. The upstarts, the unknowns, the unexpected seem to make a splash in each and every edition of pool’s crowning glory.
As this slowly building drama begins to rise towards a guaranteed thunderous climax six days from now, fans already know the upsets and shocks are going to start mounting. But while the newbies and nobody’s of pool will definitely make their noise, even more true is that good old fashioned sporting standards like experience, possessing a history of winning and performing under crushing pressure are generally going to carry the day.
As day one of the 2014 World 9-ball Championship commenced in this fabulously wealthy desert kingdom this most valuable of athletic tenants carried the storyline in one of the day’s better matches. The Philippines’ Dennis Orcollo would be among any betting man or woman’s top contenders out of the field of 128 players entered here in Doha. But in his first match in the group stage he drew a very difficult opponent in Canada’s Jason Klatt.
Down 6-4, then 8-6 in the race to 9 match, and clearly struggling to find his normally sensational groove, Orcollo was staring at the prospect of a long and arduous road back to reach the final 64. But then, in that manner that champions always put forth, the Filipino star managed to claw back and claim a very hard fought and nervy victory, 9-8. Afterward, Orcollo admitted he was slow to get a feel for the brand new Wiraka table. But he also admitted he’s been around long enough to know what to do when things don’t go your way.
“I felt uncomfortable with the table,” Orcollo said.  “I struggled but I didn’t give up. You know  I have a lot of experience. And I know that with pressure comes negative thoughts.  It’s going to happen in pool. There’s nothing you can do about it. I just try to calm down and stay focused, stay positive and that’s what I did today.”
With the gritty win Orcollo moves to  the winner side of his group bracket and now only needs to win one more match to advance to the money rounds. What could have been a disaster has, because of experience, turned into a battle hardening test that will clearly serve the Filipino well moving forward. It also should serve as a lesson for fans looking for an upstart to wreak havoc on the field. Yes, that’s a real  possibility in this often wild and crazy sport that is loaded with new and burgeoning talent. But pool, like everything else, generally doesn’t operate outside the laws of the universe. Put a simpler way, the crème generally rises to the top.
There was plenty of tasty crème rising to the top in the 48 matches at the Al Saad Sports Club on Day 1 as most of the favorites claimed victory in the first day of group play.  Defending champion Thorsten Hohmann of Germany kicked things off with a 9-2 drubbing of India’s overmatched Sumit Talwar.  His opponent in last year’s final, the Philippines Antonio Gabica, didn’t have near as easy a draw, as he found himself locked in battle with two time runner up Kuo Po Cheng of Taiwan.
The USA's Shane Van BoeningMuch like he did last year during his historic run to the finals, Gabica hung around for three fourths of the match, only to pull away at the end for a 9-5 win. Gabica, who’s lived in Qatar for five years and helps coach the Qatar national pool team,  admitted afterward that he wasn’t thinking about last year’s finals debacle when nerves and pressure got the better of him and he blew a 6-4 lead to Hohmann. Gabica said this year he was feeling a different kind of pressure; the one that comes from just trying to put food on the family table.
“That’s too much pressure out there,” the friendly Gabica said after the match. “You know at this stage of the tournament if you lose, you don’t get prize money. That’s why I don’t think about last year. I just think about getting to the final 64. I want to get the prize money.”
One player who fans would love to see make a dash to glory is the USA’s Shane Van Boening. The three time and reigning US Open champion has the pedigree to win here in Doha. But Van Boening never seems to perform that well outside the borders of America.
Today Van Boening defeated Eritrea’s very talented Hamzaa M. Saeed Ali, 9-5. After his match, the American opened up about the reasons he feels why he hasn’t yet cracked the winners circle outside of the US borders.
 “If it’s winner breaks, then I have a chance,” Van Boening said. “I won three US Opens and they were winner breaks. I’m a rhythm player. I like to run out and then keep playing. I don’t like to give my opponent a chance. I like to put a guy in his chair for a while. With the alternate break format I have a hard time getting in rhythm. “
 The Philippines Hall of Famer Efren Reyes clearly couldn’t get in any rhythm today. Several hundred Filipino overseas workers showed up to cheer on their hero but came away disappointed as “Bata” never got in the match as he lost handily to Korea’s Jeong Young Hwa, 9-5.
Other favorites winning  solidly today included former champions Mika Immonen of Finland, Germany’s Ralf Souquet, and Wu Jiaqing of China. Also notching solid performances were Greece’s Nick Ekonomopoulos, Niels Feijen of the Netherlands, the Philippines Carlo Biado, and  England’s Karl Boyes.
A few dark horses made some noise during today’s four sessions and fans should definitely keep an eye on these upstarts who could wreak havoc in the coming days. China’s Wang Can is perhaps the best of this lot and he looked brilliant today in a 9-2 drubbing of the USA’s Brandon Shuff. Austria’s Mario He seems to have it together at just the right time, as he beat recent China Open winner Chang Yu Lung, 9-7. Ko Ping Chung, the younger brother of Taiwan star Ko Pin Yi, eked out a 9-8 win over Poland’s Karol Skowerski.
Waleed Majed of QatarThe Philippines Warren Kiamco is one of those players who could sneak up on the field in the later rounds. Today the veteran Kiamco carved out a solid 9-7 win over France’s Stephen Cohen. Singapore’s young Aloysius Yapp can’t realistically win this event, but he could stir the pot. Today the boyish Yapp defeated Mohamed Elassal of Egypt 9-5.
Great Britain’s Jasyon Shaw has certainly logged in a few miles in the past few years and is due to make some noise in a big event. He clearly brings the right attitude into the arena, and it’s something others might want to try and copy. That is, if they have the nerve to under all this pressure.
“You’ve gotta take your chances out here,” Shaw said after defeating Taiwan’s Chang Jung Lin, 9-6.  “If you don’t take chances, you might as well pack up your cue and go home.”
The group stages continue on Day 2 at the Al Saad on Sunday.  All the losers will square off on Day 2 with 32 players being shown the exits by the end of the day’s play. The first session begins at 12 noon local time.(GMT +3)
**The 2014 World 9-ball Championship takes place at the Al Saad Sports Club in Doha, Qatar from June 16-27. The winner of the 2014 World 9-ball Championship will receive $30,000. The runner up will receive $15,000. The total prize fund is $200,000.
The players will be competing on Wiraka New Model Tables with Simonis 860 Cloth, Electric Blue Color and using Aramith Super Pro TV Balls.
The Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation, which is once again hosting and organizing the World 9-ball Championship, will be providing free live streaming of the entire tournament on its website,   
The view the complete brackets for the Group Stages, please CLICK HERE
The WPA will be on hand in Doha throughout this year’s World 9-ball Championship providing up to the minute information, live scoring, photographs and in depth articles with insights and analysis from WPA Press Officer Ted Lerner. 
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*The 2014 World 9-ball Championship will be held in Doha, Qatar from June 16-27,2014 and is sanctioned by the World Pool & Billiard Association(WPA), the world governing body of the sport of pocket billiards. 128 players from across the globe will compete for the most prestigious prize in Men’s Pool. The 2014  World 9-ball Championship is a WPA ranking event.
Winners need one more win to advance to the Final 64. Losers move to the losers side of their group bracket. All groups are double elimination.
Group 1
Thorsten Hohmann (GER) 9 – 3 Sumit Talwar (IND)
Tanaka Masaaki(JPN)  9 – 4 Mohamed Al Hosani(UAE)
Marco Teutscher(NED) 9 – 6 Mohd Al Bin Ali(QAT)  
Cheng Yu Hsuan(TPE) 9 – 5 Erik Hjorleifson(CAN)
Group 2
Jalas Yousef(VEN) 9- 5 John Morra(CAN)
Tohru Kuribayashi(JPN) 9- 7 Scott Cooney(GBR)
Hsu Kai Lun(TPE) 9 – 5  Hasan Hwaida Idan(IRQ)
Dang Jing Hu(CHN) 9- 2 Dimitri Jungo(SUI)
Group 3
Shane Van Boening(USA) 9 – 5 Hamzaa M. Saeed Ali(ERI)
Daniele Corrieri(ITA) 9 – 5 Alexander Kazakis(GRE) 
Fu Chei Wei(TPE) 9 – 4 Ahmad Taufiq(BRU)
Abdul Rahman Al Ammar(KSA) 9 – 5 Melkonyan Babken(ROU)
Group 4
Nick Van Den Berg(NED) 9 – 7  Ramil Gallego(PHL)
Mehdi Rasekhi(IRI)9 – 4 Mishel Turkey(QAT)
Antonio G.bica(PHL-QAT) 9 – 5 Kuo Po Cheng(TPE) 
Michel Bartol(CRO) 9 – 3 Fahim Sinha(BAN)
Group 5 
Mika Immonen(FIN) 9 –  5 Liu Hai Tao(CHN)
Ryu Seung Woo(KOR) 9 – 6 Yukio Akagariyama (JPN) 
Fabio Petroni(ITA) 9 – 5 Hunter Lombardo(USA)
Waleed Majed(QAT) 9 – 2 Detlef Grzella(RSA)
Group 6
Ralf Souquet(GER) 9 – 1 Frailin Guanipa(VEN)
Abdulla Al Yusef(KUW) 9-3 Mohammed Hamouda(EGY)
Niels Feijen(NED) 9 – 4 Eric Lee(HKG)
Warren Kiamco(PHL) 9 – 7 Stephan Cohen(FRA)
Group 7
Dennis Orcollo(PHL) 9 – 8 Jason Klatt(CAN)
Ko Ping Chung(TPE) 9 – 8 Karol Skowerski(POL)
Jayson Shaw(GBR) 9 – 6 Chang Jung Lin(TPE)
Ivo Aarts(NED) 9 – 5 Abdulla Mohammad(UAE)
Group 8
Roman Hybler(CZE) 9 – 5 Daryl Peach(GBR) 
Hijikata Hayato(JPN) 9 – 6 Vilmos Foldes(HUN) 
Carlo Biado(PHL) 9 – 3 Nour Wasfi Al Jarrah(JOR)
Tom Storm(SWE) 9 – 8 Glen Coutts(NZL)
Group 9
Karl Boyes(GBR) 9 – 4 Sayeem Hossain(BAN)
Bruno Muratore(ITA) 9 – 8 Maj Al Azmi(KUW)
Jeong Young Hwa(KOR) 9 – 5 Efren Reyes(PHL) 
Raymund Faraon(PHL) 9 – 8 Denis Grabe(EST)
Group 10
Wu Jiaqing(CHN) 9 – 7 Stefan Sprangers(NED)
Elvis Calasang(PHL) 9 – 3 Marzen Berjaoui(LEB)
Mieszko Fortunski(POL) 9 – 5 Albin Ouschan(AUT) 
Konstantin Stepanov(RUS) Alejandro Carvajal(CHI)
Group 11
Wang Can(CHN) 9 – 2 Brandon Shuff(USA)
Aloysius Yapp(SIN) 9 – 5 Mohamed Elassal(EGY)
Huidji See(NED) 9  – 3 Jurgen Jenisy(AUT)
Andreas Gerwen(SWE) 9 – 4 Mohammadali Pordel(IRI)
Group 12
Mario He(AUT) 9 – 7 Chang Yu Lung(TPE) 
Ali Obaidly(QAT) 9 – 4 Mohammad Ali Berjaoui(LEB)
Nick Economopoulos(GRE) 9 – 3 Christian Aguirre(ECU)
Nguyen Anh Tuan(VIE) 9 – 6 Francisco Felicilda(PHL) 


Souquet and Ouschan win the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open

Ralf Souquet and Jasmin Ouschan

Ralf Souquet (GER) and Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) have won the titles at the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open Euro-Tour.
In the men’s division, Ralf Souquet played at his best. He took down great names like Ivo Aarts (NED) 9:0, Imran Majid (GBR) 9:3, Mieszko Fortunski (POL) 9:3 and in the final match Karl Boyes (GBR) with 9:4. The final match was dominated by Souquet from start to finish. A bit scrappy in the beginning, Souquet turned out to have the far better break shot than Boyes. He pocketed almost every time a ball on his break and ran out 4 racks without even allowing Boyes into the table. The Brit however had to struggle with his break shot. Most of the time, he came up dry with no ball down or not enough balls crossing the kitchen line. This situation was taken advantage of by Souquet without any mercy. The BCA Hall of Famer played up to his standard and rightfully took the final match with 9:4. "I did not have the best two weeks before at the European Championships", stated Souquet after the match. "I won a bronze Medal in 9-Ball and one in the team competition. Normally, I am aiming for more", he added. "I am happy that I found my game in the Euro-Tour and that I was able to perform on that level", mentioned the likable German.
The first 8 players in the men’s division were:
1. Ralf Souquet (GER)
2. Karl Boyes (GBR)
3. Chris Melling (GBR)
Mieszko Fortunski (POL)
5. Phil Burford (GBR)
Imran Majid (GBR)
Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP)
Serge Das (BEL)
The Top Ten men in the Euro-Tour rankings are:
1. Nick Van Den Berg (NED)
2 .Niels Feijen (NED)
3. Phil Burford (GBR)
4. Karol Skowerski (POL)
5. Tomasz Kaplan (POL)
6. Mateusz Sniegocki (POL)
7. Albin Ouschan (AUT)
8. Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)
9. Mark Gray (GBR)
10. Chris Melling (GBR)
These new rankings after the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open determine the European participants for the Men’s World 9-Ball Championships in Qatar later this year. Nominated through the WPA rankings will be: Thorsten Hohmann (GER), Karl Boyes (GBR), Mika Immonen (FIN), Nick Ekonomopoulos (GRE), Darren Appleton (GBR), Chris Melling (GBR), Niels Feijen (GER), Ralf Souquet (GER) and Huidji See. Nominated through the European Championships will be: Jürgen Jenisy (AUT), Albin Ouschan (AUT), Mateusz Sniegocki (POL), Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) and Michel Barthol (CRO). Nominated through the Euro-Tour rankings will be: Nick Van Den Berg (NED), Phil Burford (GBR), Karol Skowerski (POL), Tomasz Kaplan (POL), Mark Gray (GBR), Daryl Peach (GBR), Radoslaw Babica (POL), Stephan Cohen (FRA), Mieszko Fortunski (POL), Alex Kazakis (GRE), Imran Majid (GBR), Andreas Gerwen (SWE), Ivo Aarts (NED), Mario He (AUT), Petri Makkonen (FIN), Manuel Gama (POR), Artem Koshovyi (UKR) and Bruno Muratore (ITA). Nominated through the European Senior Championships will be: Tom Strom (SWE).
These names are subject to confirmation by the EPBF.
In the women’s final, Jasmin Ouschan demonstrated her superiority over all other players. In a total of six matches, she only lost seven (7!) individual racks! She defeated Katrine Feijen (DEN) 7:1, Monika Margeta (SWE) 7:1, Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) 7:1, Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) 7:3, Monica Webb (USA) 7:1 and Kristina Tkach (RUS) in the final match even with 7:0. "I always try and play my best game", said Ouschan after the match. "This time, I was really feeling good and I think that was the reason why I could perform with my best game".
The first 8 players in the women’s division were:
1. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)
2. Kristina Tkach (RUS)
3. Monica Webb (USA)
Ana Gradisnik (SLO)
5. Caroline Roos (SWE)
Kristina Zlateva (BUL)
Claudia Kunz (SUI)
Oliwia Czuprynska (POL)
The Top Ten women in the Euro-Tour rankings are:
1. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)
2. Anna Mazhirina (RUS)
3. Caroline Roos (SWE)
4. Martine Christiansen (NOR)
5. Ina Kaplan (GER)
6. Jennifer Vietz (GER)
7. Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS)
8. Louise Furberg (SWE)
9. Sandra Baumgartner (AUT)
10. Ine Helvik (NOR)
That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open Euro-Tour for Men and Women.
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“Maharaja” shows no mercy for “Fabulous” Fabio

Imran Majid (GBR)

Single elimination round demands popular victims

Cison di Valmarino, Italy: The "Maharaja" Imran Majid (GBR) ousted local hero "Fabulous" Fabio Petroni (ITA) with 9:5 from the tournament. 

Majid was the better player in the match and deserved the victory. He had balls down in 86% of his break shots with a 67% shot on the lowest numbered ball. Furthermore, he broke and ran 3 racks on Fabio. The Italian played a match of ups and downs. His break ratio was 100%, he always had a ball down on the break. But only in 29% was he able to play the lowest numbered ball. 
In the early stage of the match it looked like Majid would not allow it to become a fight at all. He was leading 4:0 after four racks, not leaving a chance for Petroni so far. A mistake which Majid committed in rack five opened the door for Petroni to get the first point in his account. Majid snookered himself and gave an open table away to Petroni. As the match went on, it was obvious that Majid was the player in better shape today. He played more constant and his safety shots were more efficient than Petroni’s. Also, the break shot efficiency from Majid outscored Petroni by a mile. In the 14th rack, Majid broke the balls and had a possible layout in front of him. All of a sudden, Petroni gave up, shook hands and unscrewed his cue sticks. That was a bit strange since he was only trailing three racks at the time. However, Majid deserved the victory and will now proceed to the round of the final 16 players which will be played tomorrow morning at 10:00 local time. 

Results final 32 players single elimination
Karol Skowerski (POL) v Danilo Cipriani (ITA) 9:3
David Alcaide (ESP) v Babken Melkonyan (ROM) 9:6
Fabio Petroni (ITA) v Imran Majid (GBR) 6:9
Mark Gray (GBR) v Jonni Fulcher (GBR) 9:7
Radoslaw Babica (POL) v Daryl Peach (GBR) 4:9
Dimitri Jungo (SUI) v Evangelos Vettas (GRE) 9:5
Tomasz Kaplan (POL) v Artem Koshovyi (UKR) 7:9
Ralf Souquet (GER) v Chris Melling (GBR) 9:5
Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) v Antonio Benvenuto (ITA) 9:7
Mario He (AUT) v Raul Hebles (ESP) 9:5
Roman Hybler (CZE) v Albin Ouschan (AUT) 4:9
Nick Van Den Berg (NED) v Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP) 9:8
Alexander Kazakis (GRE) v Niels Feijen (NED) 7:9
Huidji See v Daniele Corrieri (ITA) 6:9
Andreas Gerwen (SWE) v Stefan Sprangers (NED) 9:5
Phil Burford (GBR) v Oliver Ortmann (GER) 9:7


Final 16 players single elimination
Karol Skowerski (POL) v David Alcaide (ESP)
Imran Majid (GBR) v Mark Gray (GBR)
Daryl Peach (GBR) v Dimitri Jungo (SUI)
Artem Koshovyi (UKR) v Ralf Souquet (GER)
Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) v Mario He (AUT)
Albin Ouschan (AUT) v Nick van den Berg (NED)
Niels Feijen (NED) v Daniele Corrieri (ITA)
Andreas Gerwen (SWE) v Phil Burford (GBR)

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World Cup of Pool Announces Stellar Lineup

Star-studded line up revealed


WITH THE eighth running of the annual World Cup of Pool now a month away, the full line-up of players competing in the $250,000 event can be revealed. 32 pairs of players representing 31 countries will be coming to London from the 17th – 22nd September as the fabled pool and boxing venue of the York Hall plays host to one of the biggest events on the pool calendar.


15 of the world’s top 20 ranked players will be in attendance in what arguably is the event’s strongest line up yet. Among favourites for the title will be two-time World Cup winners China – represented by Li Hewen and Liu Haitao – and the highly dangerous Filipino pairing ofDennis Orcollo and Lee Vann Corteza.


Other notable duos from the Far East include the Chinese Taipei representatives, Ko Pin-yi and Chang Jung-lin, and Japan’s Naoyuki Oi and Lo Li-wen.


Mosconi Cup legend Johnny Archer will be partnered by Shane Van Boeing as the USA look to repeat the feat of Shane and Rodney Morris in Rotterdam in 2008 by winning the trophy for the second time.


English hopes come in the shape of World No.1 Darren Appleton andKarl Boyes, as well as Daryl Peach and Chris Melling. Both will be fancied to make a big impact in London.


Nick Van Den Berg and Niels Feijen will be carrying orange hopes on their shoulders, while veteran Ralf Souquet will be partnered by young gun Dominic Jentsch as Germany attempt to win for the second time in three years.


Finally, can the Finnish pair of Mika Immonen and Petri Makkonenstage a repeat of their brilliant run to the title in Manila last year?


Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn said, “Looking at the teams for this year’s event, I reckon that at least half of them are in with a shout if the balls roll their way.


“However, you’d have to look at the track record of China, the sheer class of the Filipinos, the pedigree of the United States and of course the two high-quality English teams.


“As we’ve seen in the past though, there are always unfancied sides that emerge from the pack and make serious challenges for the title. Either way, the World Cup of Pool will be a feast for cue sports fans and with the York Hall playing host, this one should be the best yet!”


Each session will consist of three matches and all tickets can be obtained from Matchroom Sport’s trusted ticketing partner


A full list of fixtures can be found at


The Teams


Europe (18)


1. Finland – Mika Immonen & Petri Makkonen

2. England A – Darren Appleton & Karl Boyes

3. England B – Daryl Peach & Chris Melling

4. Holland – Niels Feijen & Nick Van den Berg

5. Germany – Dominic Jentsch & Ralf Souquet

6. Greece – Nick Ekonomopoulos & Alexander Kazakis

7. Poland – Radoslaw Babica & Tomasz Kaplan

8. Austria – Albin Ouschan & Jasmin Ouschan

9. Russia – Konstantin Stepanov & Ruslan Chinakhov

10. Italy – Fabio Petroni & Bruno Muratore

11. Spain – David Alcaide & Juan Carlos Exposito

12. Sweden – Andreas Gerwen & Marcus Chamat

13. Croatia – Karlo Dalmatin & Ivica Putnik

14. Belgium – Serge Das & Moritz Lauweryns

15. Hungary – Miko Balazs & Gabor Solymosi

16. Scotland – Jayson Shaw & Jonni Fulcher

17. Qualifier 1 – TBA

18. Qualifier 2 – TBA


Rest of World (4)


19. USA – Shane Van Boening & Johnny Archer

20. Canada – Alex Pagulayan & John Morra

21. Kuwait – Omar Al Shaheen & Khaled Al Mutairi

22. Australia – James Delahunty & David Rothall


Asia (10)


23. China – Le Hewen & Liu Haitao

24. Philippines – Lee Van Corteza & Dennis Orcollo

25. Taiwan – Chang Jung-lin & Ko Pin-yi

26. India – Raj Hundal & Amar Kang

27. Japan – Naoyuki Oi & Lo Li-wen

28. Korea – Ryu Sueng Woo & Ham Won Sik

29. Indonesia – Ricky Yang & Irsal Nasution

30. Malaysia – Alan Tan & Ibrahim Bin Amir

31. Singapore – Aloysius Yapp & Chan Keng Kwang

32. Hong Kong – Lee Chenman & Kong Bu Hong


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Fortunski Ends Muratore’s Hopes

Mieszko Fortunski (POL)

Feijen still has one foot in the door

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: 21-year-old Mieszko Fortunski (POL) just ended all hopes for Bruno Muratore (ITA), ousting him clearly with 8:3.

It has not been the best tournament for Italy's Bruno Muratore. He lost his second match to Fortunski's teammate Kudlik with 6:8. On the one-loss-side, he achieved a close 8:7 victory over his fellow countryman Gabriele Crovetto which brought him into the match against Fortunski. The Polish youngster had just received a whitewash from Dimitri Jungo with 8:0. Psychologically, the advantage should have been on Muratore's side. He just won a fiercely contested match. But as often in life, things do not happen as expected. In fact, Muratore never got started in the match. After seven racks he was trailing 1:6. A disaster was looming ahead of him. Suddenly, Fortunski showed some weakness and Muratore had to get back in the match or die trying. The Italian got back, winning two racks in a row, showing that he is by far not yet finished. However, Fortunski was not too impressed by that. He continued on his road to victory and took another two racks for a spot in the loser's qualification round while Muratore's journey in the Dynamic Billard Bosnia & Hercegovina Open Euro-Tour ended in 49th rank.


Other notable results from the winner's qualification round include player of the year 2012 Nick Van Den Berg (NED) winning over his teammate Stefan Sprangers (NED) by the skin of his teeth with 8:7. The same result was good for former World Champion Oliver Ortmann (GER) in his match with Andreas Gerwen (SWE). On the loser's side, the tournament for Euro-Tour ranking leader Niels Feijen (NED) continues. After losing to Cohen last night, he terminated Juan Carlos Exposito (ESP) today with 8:7.

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