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Alcaide: This Selection Is The Most Special Yet

David Alcaide

David Alcaide believes his selection for the upcoming 2021 Mosconi Cup at Alexandra Palace, London, December 7-10 is the most special yet.

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The 2019 World Pool Masters champion became Team Europe’s second pick from the Matchroom Pool World Rankings after a strong showing in 2021 which sees him join World No.1 Albin Ouschan on Alex Lely’s side.

Alcaide will represent Europe for a third time after tasting victory last time out in 2017: “It’s an amazing feeling. When I found out I was on the team, it was a big surprise for me. I knew that the US Open Pool Championship was the last tournament before the teams were picked and I know I’ve played well in the Matchroom Pool Series tournaments this year. I am so happy for myself and my friends. I cannot wait to celebrate.”

He had a run to the semi-finals of the World Pool Championship eventually losing out to champion Ouschan: “After the pandemic, I played so good at Predator Championship League Pool and got to the final against Albin. At the World Pool Masters, I played well but lost early on. Then I headed to the World Championship where I played great and at the US Open where I’ve been consistent. I am happy to be on the team.”

“Every player wants to play the Mosconi Cup and it’s a dream for me, but this time is more special. This time I got my spot off the ranking rather than off a captain’s pick. This is special, when the captain picks you, it’s special but it’s even more special when you’ve taken your spot from your performance on the rankings.”

On being part of the 2017 winning side in Las Vegas: “We had a really good team Ralf (Souquet), Nick (van den Berg), Joshua (Filler) was a rookie and Jayson (Shaw) was on top form. It didn’t matter if I missed or not, we all had one goal. We will go with the same mentality this year and try and win the cup again.”

“It’s the best feeling when you play in front of a packed crowd in the arena and only one table. When you play for Europe there’s no feeling like putting on your jersey and putting on a show for the fans. I cannot wait to see them.”

Shane Van Boening and Skyler Woodward have already been selected for the USA after both secured their places in Jeremy Jones’ side as they seek revenge. Van Boening will be Jones’ vice-captain for the first time. Woodward meanwhile is going for his third MVP crown.

Over the coming weeks, Lely and Jones will announce their three wild card picks ahead of battle in December. Keep an eye on Matchroom Pool’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for the latest.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR THE 2021 MOSCONI CUP AT ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON! 
Ticket prices start from £30.00 per session with a whole host of ticket options available including VIP and new for 2021, Platinum VIP+ where fans can get up close table side at Alexandra Palace and experience a backstage tour hosted by a Mosconi Cup legend. There will be a limited amount of restricted view tickets available from £20 on a day ticket basis.

A range of ticket packages are available including a Season Ticket giving you access to all the action from only £105. We are also offering the full Mosconi experience with our VIP and Platinum VIP+ tickets which includes a meet and greet with one player from each team per day as well a whole host of other benefits including premium padded seating for extra comfort on the front row tables, a two-course buffet dinner, and unlimited drinks*.

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Alcaide & Woodward Confirmed For Mosconi Cup

David Alcaide

David Alcaide and Skyler Woodward will represent Team Europe and the USA respectively at the upcoming Mosconi Cup, Alexandra Palace, London, December 7-10 as the second players to be taken off the Matchroom Pool Rankings as automatic picks.

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Albin Ouschan is already on Europe’s side and Shane Van Boening for the USA after both became the first picks with Ouschan becoming World Champion in June and Van Boening being named Jeremy Jones’ vice-captain.

The Matchroom Pool Rankings have been the main focus during the US Open Pool Championship at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, and with Alcaide and Woodward’s performances of reaching the quarter-finals and last 32 respectively, they both secure their places.

Alcaide will make his third Mosconi Cup appearance having played in the winning 2017 side and in the only ever tie in 2006. Woodward meanwhile will represent the USA for the seventh consecutive year after being MVP in 2018 and 19.

Over the coming weeks, Europe’s captain Alex Lely and Jones of America will announce their three wild card picks ahead of battle in December. Keep an eye on Matchroom Pool’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2021 Mosconi Cup at Alexandra Palace, London! 

Ticket prices start from £30.00 per session with a whole host of ticket options available including VIP and new for 2021, Platinum VIP+ where fans can get up close table side at Alexandra Palace and experience a backstage tour hosted by a Mosconi Cup legend. There will be a limited amount of restricted view tickets available from £20 on a day ticket basis.

A range of ticket packages are available including a Season Ticket giving you access to all the action from only £105. We are also offering the full Mosconi experience with our VIP and Platinum VIP+ tickets which includes a meet and greet with one player from each team per day as well a whole host of other benefits including premium padded seating for extra comfort on the front row tables, a two-course buffet dinner, and unlimited drinks*.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

Surprising Al Shaheen Remains Undefeated at World 10-Ball Championships

Omar Al Shaheen

One of the biggest surprise stories of pool this year has been the emergence of Omar Al Shaheen.

After spending the last handful of years placing in the top five of regional American events, the young man from Kuwait offered up a breakout performance at this summer’s World Pool Championships, advancing all the way to the finals before falling to Albin Ouschan. Al Shaheen wasn’t finished, tacking on a third-place finish at the Iron City Open and earning runner-up honors at the Midwest Open 10-Ball Invitational and this past weekend’s Diamond Las Vegas Open.

And he feels this is just the beginning.

“It’s time for me to show everyone what kind of talent and skills that I have,” said Al Shaheen as he reflected on his recent string of performances Monday afternoon.

Those skills were on display Tuesday afternoon at the World 10-Ball Championship, as the 28-year-old used a fast and loose style to come from behind and hold off Spain’s David Alcaide in a second round, winner’s side match at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.  The Kuwaiti struggled with a couple of missed shots early in the match but finished strong, winning five straight racks to knock the former World Pool Masters champion to the one-loss side of the bracket.

Alcaide paired a break-and-run with a victorious safety exchange to take a 2-1 lead in the alternate break, race-to-eight format, only to see his opponent overtake him thanks to a break-and-run of his own combined with a dry break from the Spainard. After his opponent won three-straight to take a 5-3 lead, Al Shaheen went on a streak of his own, taking advantage of a missed 8 ball and a scratch by his opponent to tie the score, then using two breaks and runs coupled with another Alcaide scratch on the break to close out the match, 8-5.

Al Shaheen now faces Poland’s Wiktor Zielinski in a round of 16 matchup on the winner’s side Wednesday at 11 a.m. local time. Zielinski was part of a rather successful day for the contingent of Polish players who made their way to Las Vegas this week, with four of the competitors winning second round matches to remain on the winner’s side. In addition to Zielinski defeating Johann Chua, 8-4; Oliver Szolnoki survived a hill-hill match with Sanjin Pehlivanovic; Mieszko Fortunski advanced over Waleed Majid and Konrad Juszczyszyn coasted by Russia’s Ruslan Chinahov, 8-4.

Fortunes were not as good for a pair of Filipinos, with James Aranas and Dennis Orcollo both going two-and-out from the tournament. Aranas, who was the runner-up at last year’s Diamond Las Vegas Open, lost 8-3 to Tyler Styer Tuesday morning. Orcollo’s road home was a bit more dramatic, battling Greece’s Alex Kazakis to a hill-hill tie before missing a tough cut shot on the 2 ball in the deciding rack. Kazakis slowly and methodically cleared the table and closed out the match, 8-7.

In other one-loss side action, Chinese Taipei’s Chang Jung-Lin held off Venezuela’s Jesus Atencio, 8-5, in early afternoon action. The two competitors deadlocked through the first 10 racks, mixing in successful safety exchanges with an occasional runout as both players struggled to find opening shots after the break. Atencio had the break in the 11th game, but committed a foul during a safety battle on the 2 ball. Chang cleared the table then tacked on a break-and-run to take a 7-5 lead.

The Venezuelan had an opportunity to cut the deficit and extend the match but failed to secure position on the 3 ball after pocketing the 2 ball, then missed an attempted jump shot on the object ball. Chang won another safety exchange on the ball, then cleared the table to win the match.

Remaining undefeated on the winner’s side was also Scotland’s Jayson Shaw, who survived a pair of dry breaks midway through his match with Corey Deuel to defeat the American, 8-6. After the two players split the first four games, Shaw took a 6-4 lead using a kick shot and a foul by his opponent. Deuel continued to hang around, taking advantage of a dry break from Shaw and a scratch in the 13th game to twice pull within a game, but the reigning Mosconi Cup Most Valuable Player used a victorious safety exchange to close out the match.

In the final match of the night on the winner’s side, Filipino Carlo Biado capitalized on opponent Mario He failing to pocket a ball on the break three times to cruise to an 8-4 victory.

Competition resumes Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. local time, with notable matches on the winner’s side including Alex Pagulayan matching up against Thorsten Hohmann and Jayson Shaw meeting Eklent Kaci, while Shane Van Boening squares off against Chris Reinhold and Denis Grabe takes on Alcaide on the one-loss side. Admission to the event is free at the casino and live streaming of the tournament is available through YouTube and Billiard TV.

The World 10-Ball Championship is a proud part of the CueSports International Expo in Las Vegas. The CueSports International Expo is also home to the BCA Pool League World Championships, USA Pool League National Championships and numerous industry exhibitors. The 11-day billiard extravaganza attracts more than 6,000 pool players from around the world, consumes 150,000 square feet, and uses over 300 Diamond pool tables with the goal of always providing the greatest pool experience in the world.

This competition is played on Diamond Pro-Am pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia Performance Cloth, with Predator Arcos II balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights. Kamui and Omega Billiard Supplies are also partners of the event.

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

Unlucky Friday the 13th for Schjetne, Alcaide Over Gorst in Slovenia

Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, none more so than Norway’s Mats Schjetne. For some unknown reason, Mats failed to show up for his 2nd match today and gifted fellow Norwegian Emil-Andre Gangflot the win.

In what could arguably be the best match of the day, Spain’s David Alcaide beat former world champion Russia’s, Fedor Gorst 9-7. The match had everything you could want as a pool fan as David steamed into a 5-0 lead before anyone could catch their breath. Fedor took a time out and lost the next to trail 6-0 and seemed to accept he would lose this match. This helped to relax the Russian and at 7-2 up David also took his foot off the gas and before you knew it, Fedor had clawed back a couple of racks to trail now by 7-4. The next rack went to David, putting him on the brink of victory at 8-4 but Fedor had the crowd dreaming of a hill-hill match as he kept plugging away. With the score now 8-7 and David’s break, the fans held their breath again as David got hooked behind the 4-ball with the 1-ball close to the pocket and nowhere to hide.

Fedor is known for his wicked jumping ability and was ready to pounce from anywhere but a clever shot from David left only a kick possible and forced Fedor to pass it back. David played a brilliant kick shot leaving Fedor in trouble. Out came Fedor’s jump cue for what was a very tough ask and after contact with the 1-ball the cue-ball dropped into the pocket giving David the run-out and a place in the last 32.Fedor himself had one last chance when he played Norway’s Emil-Andre Gangflot to see who would join the elite in the single elimination and he did not let the Norwegian have it as easy as Mats did earlier in the day winning 9-7 to enter the fray once more.

Fedor will not be booking any holidays in Spain though as the last 32 draw paired him with another Spaniard in Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz. This time there was no close encounter as the Spaniard ensured a last 16 place at the expense of the Russian, winning that match 9-2. David Alcaide’s good form was ended by Poland’s Wiktor Zielinski 9-7 as fellow countrymen Konrad Juszczyszyn and Tomasz Kaplan joined Wiktor in the last 16.

Other notable results saw Estonia’s Mark Magi beat Germany’s Ralf Souquet while Greece’s Alex Kazakiz beat Europe’s number 1, Albania’s Eklent Kaci.

The last 16 starts Saturday at 10:00h and you can watch all the matches live at www.kozoom.com with the results and schedule found at https://www.epbf.com/tournaments/eurotour/

Dynamic Billard St. Johann i.P. Open 2021 down to last 16

David Alcaide and Radoslaw Babica

An exciting and eventful day at the Dynamic Billiards St. Johann i.P. Open 2021 has come to an end. Between 09:00 in the morning, when the first round started, and 23:00 in the evening, when the last round ended, there was a lot of action, drama and excitement.

With wins over Radoslaw Babica (POL) 9:4 and outsider Christos Papgeorgiu (GRE) 9:4 the multiple European Champion from Spain David Alcaide played himself into the round of the last 16 men. He is in excellent company there. Tomasz Kaplan (POL), member of the strong Polish team, will be there as well as his team mates Mateusz Sniegocki, Radoslaw Babica, Wojciech Szewczyk, Konrad Juszczyszyn and Wiktor Zielinski. 6 out of 16 players of the last 16 participants thus come from Poland and underline their currently really strong performance. It is also remarkable that the only two remaining Austrian representatives, Mario He and Albin Ouschan, have to play each other in the next round.

Also strongly represented in the last 16 are the Spaniards. With Francisco-Sanchez Ruiz, David Alcaide and Jose Alberto Delgado, the Iberians also have very good chances to advance far in the tournament. The men’s final will take place tomorrow evening at 20:10 local time. The semi-finals will be played at 16:30 and 18:00.

Last 16 Men
Joshua Filler GER v Sanjin Pehlivanovic BIH
Mateusz Sniegocki POL v Alexander Kazakis GRE
Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz ESP v Tomasz Kaplan POL
Radoslaw Babica POL v Wojciech Szewczyk POL
Ruslan Chinakhov RUS v David Alcaide ESP
Konrad Juszczyszyn POL v Wiktor Zielinski POL
Jose Alberto Delgado ESP v Nikos Ekonomopoulos GRE
Albin Ouschan AUT v Mario He AUT

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Ouschan To Face Al Shaheen For World Title

Omar Al Shaheen

Albin Ouschan will face Omar Al Shaheen in the World Pool Championship final at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

Ouschan defeated David Alcaide 11-4 in his semi final before Al Shaheen came from 6-1 down to beat Hungary’s Oliver Szolnoki 11-9 in front of spectators to book his place in the final.

Alcaide drew first blood in the opening semi-final after Ouschan scratched on the break having won the lag. The Spaniard was soon 2-0 up but left the 6 in the jaws allowing his opponent to half the deficit. Ouschan moved 5-2 ahead before Alcaide scored again, and despite a nicely banked 1 in the ninth from Ouschan, Alcaide took that rack to trail 5-4.

However, from there the Austrian was floorless. A 99% pot success rate for the match was reflective of just how well Ouschan played to close out an 11-4 win and book his place in a third World Championship final.

“I started where I ended the match against Skyler in the quarter-finals,” said Ouschan. “I played almost a perfect set, just a few safety errors, and overall I am very happy. It was the best I have played this week and I hope I can continue like this.

“I had a good feeling, I was playing well and feeling good and I was ready to go this morning. It is great to be in the final, it is my third time, and I hope I can take it home.”

In the second semi-final Szolnoki opened up a 6-1 lead over Al Shaheen before the Kuwaiti settled and found the speed of the table, winning the next seven racks with five runouts to lead 8-6. Szolnoki, buoyed by support from Hungarians in the crowd, took a massive rack to half his deficit. Al Shaheen pulled two clear against before finding himself hooked on the 2, and Szolnoki again closed to within one before levelling the match at 9-9.

Al Shaheen was first to the hill at 10-9 and breaking for a place in the final he made two balls and had an open table. He cleared, punched the air, and will now meet Ouschan for the World Championship.

“I lost my cue ball a couple of times at the start but I kept telling myself, if I am going to win I will win and if I am going to lose, that is it,” said Al Shaheen. “I have been focussed, I am playing well and I hope now to continue that into the final.

“I am glad I am going to play Ouschan in the final because he has been World Champion and it takes beating a World Champion to become a World Champion.”

The race-to-13 final begins at 6pm local time, live on Sky Sports, DAZN and Matchroom.Live. Live scoring is at MatchroomPool.com.

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Down To Final Four At World Pool Championship

Omar Al Shaheen

Albin Ouschan will meet David Alcaide before Omar Al Shaheen faces Oliver Szolnoki in the semi-finals of the World Pool Championship after all four won their quarter-finals on Wednesday evening at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

Ouschan came from 5-3 down to defeat Skyler Woodward 11-5 in the evening’s second televised quarter-final, after Alcaide had beaten Max Lechner 11-4 in his quarter-final. The two met in the Predator Championship League Pool final earlier this year, when Ouschan took home the title.

Woodward was 3-1 and then 5-3 up before a 2-ball rattled in the jaws to allow Ouschan a chance, and it was a chance he took. The Austrian settled at the table and made some great shots along the way; a great jumped 8 helped get Ouschan level and an incredible 1/9 carom took him 9-5 up before he closed out the match without Woodward scoring another rack.

“I didn’t feel that well at the beginning, I was maybe a bit stiff and cold and had to get used to the TV table again because it is a little bit different to the outside table,” said Ouschan. “After the match, I can think that the 8-ball jump shot gave me a great confidence boost.

“I played well in the end but it could have gone the other way that he runs away with the score, but I am glad he didn’t and I am happy to be in the semis. I am playing David, he played a great tournament, so I hope it will be a good match and I will expect that and try my best. I saw his match against Max Lechner and he played a great match, so I will have to try my best.”

Alcaide was 5-0 before Lechner got on the board in their semi final. It was a strong tactical game from the Spaniard, who is into his fourth World semi-final having previously made the last four in the World 8-Ball and twice at the World 10-Ball.

The two-time World Pool Masters champion reached the hill in fortunate circumstances, taking a 10-3 lead after Lechner dropped his chalk onto the 3 ball. The Austrian pulled another rack back but at 10-4 Alcaide returned to the table to wrap up a victory which sees him into the semis.

The second semi-final will see Szolnoki take on Al Shaheen. Szolnoki, the 24-year-old from Hungary, had to sweat out a strong fightback from Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz as the Spaniard recovered from 9-3 down to cut the deficit to 10-9 before the Hungarian finally sealed his place in the last four.

Al Shaheen and Tomasz Kaplan shared the first four racks of their match before the Kuwaiti pulled ahead to 4-2. Kaplan took the next two to return the scores level but Al Shaheen then built up a head of steam to lead at 6-4 and 7-5. Kaplan cut the deficit to one at 7-6 but didn’t win another rack as Shaheen confidently closed the match 11-6.

The semi-finals begin at 12pm on Thursday, before the race-to-13 final from 6pm, which will see the 2021 World Champion crowned in front of returning fans at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

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Szolnoki Knocks Van Boening Out Of World Pool Championship

Oliver Szolnoki

Oliver Szolnoki came from 5-1 down to defeat Shane van Boening 11-5 in the last 16 of the World Pool Championship at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

The 24-year-old Hungarian, who had practiced with Van Boening prior to travelling to the event, will now face Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz in this evening’s quarter-finals after the Spaniard beat Naoyuki Oi 11-7.

“I started very shaky and made many mistakes,” said Szolnoki. “I settled down a little bit but he couldn’t find his break and broke try many times. I figured out a break that worked so could make break and runs and dominate the racks by playing safety and getting shots from him. I didn’t give him many chances.

“I was really happy to play a straight shot on the 9 at the end because I was really nervous, but I left one which I knew I could not miss.”

Sanchez-Ruiz held a 4-0 lead before Oi got on the board in the session’s opening TV match, but the Spaniard then extended his lead to 6-1. The Japanese star took the next two to turn up the heat on his opponent, who had been fluid in the first half of the match. The pressure of Oi’s fightback showed but ultimately it was Sanchez-Ruiz who progressed with an 11-7 win.

Skyler Woodward defeated Roberto Gomez 11-7, pulling away in the later stages after a tight match had been locked at 7-7. The American will now face Albin Ouschan in the quarter-finals after the Austrian came through a tough quarter-final clash against Mieszko Fortunski 11-8.

Max Lechner will meet David Alcaide in the quarter-finals. Two-time World Pool Masters winner Alcaide beat America’s Jeremy Sossei 11-4 while Lechner came past Dutchman Marc Bijsterbosch with an 11-6 win.

The fourth quarter-final will see Poland’s Tomasz Kaplan face Omar Al Shaheen of Kuwait. Kaplan staved off a Dimitri Jungo fightback to beat the Swiss player 11-9, while Al Shaheen had been locked at 8-8 in a tight encounter with Nikos Ekonomopoulos before pulling clear for an 11-8 victory.

The quarter-finals take place from 6pm this evening, before finals day on Thursday sees both semi-finals and the final in a one-table setup with fans back to enjoy the action.

The full draw and brackets can be found at matchroompool.com, along with live scoring throughout the event. For all the latest news and announcements follow Matchroom Pool on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

Draw Made For World Pool Masters

The draw for the World Pool Masters has been made, with defending champion David Alcaide set to begin his defense against either Billy Thorpe or Skyler Woodward in the event, which runs from May 22-25 at Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar.

The all-American clash between Thorpe and Woodward was the standout match from the preliminary round draw, and the pair, currently representing USA in the World Cup of Pool, know the defending champion lies in wait in the last 16.

Alcaide and the top 7 players on the Matchroom Pool World Ranking were seeded through to the last 16, while the remaining 16 players in the field will battle it out in the preliminary round.

Other fixtures include Women’s World Champion Kelly Fisher against Justin Sajich, with the winner set to face Alex Kazakis in the last 16. World Champion Fedor Gorst will face either Shane Van Boening or debutant Jakub Koniar of Slovakia.

Albanian Masters rookie Max Lechner will meet either Mieszko Fortunski or Kristina Tkach, while Mosconi Cup MVP Jayson Shaw will face either Niels Feijen or Jeffrey De Luna.

The World Pool Masters begins on Saturday, May 22 and will be broadcast globally, including on Sky Sports, DAZN and Matchroom.Live. All matches are race to 7, winner breaks, except the final, which will be a race to 9.

Alcaide won the 2019 Masters in dramatic fashion with a memorable up-table bank to make the winning 9 at hill-hill against Kazakis, who he could meet in this year’s quarter-finals.

The World Pool Masters marks the return of spectators to Matchroom Pool Series events. Tickets are available exclusive to residents of Gibraltar via BuyTickets.gi. The full match schedule can be found at MatchroomPool.com.

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WORLD POOL MASTERS DRAW

LAST 16 MATCHES

David Alcaide vs. Billy Thorpe/Skyler Woodward
Alexander Kazakis vs. Kelly Fisher/Justin Sajich

Naoyuki Oi vs. Eklent Kaci/Petri Makkonen
Jayson Shaw vs. Niels Feijen/Jeffrey De Luna

Fedor Gorst vs. Shane van Boening/Jakub Koniar
Max Lechner vs. Mieszko Fortunksi/Kristina Tkach

Joshua Filler vs. Chris Melling/Sanjin Pehlivanovic
Albin Ouschan vs. Denis Grabe/Roberto Gomez