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Spain And USA Reach Quarter-Finals Of World Cup of Pool

Skyler Woodward and Shane Van Boening (Taka Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Spain and the USA have become the first sides to reach the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup of Pool at the Brentwood Centre, Essex live on Sky Sports Arena in the UK, DAZN in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Viaplay in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Netherlands, and Poland. Matchroom.Live in territories without a broadcaster.

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One of the best matches of the first round came last as Japan’s Naoyuki Oi and Masato Yoshioka battled away with the unseeded but lethal duo from Switzerland of Dimitri Jungo and Ronald Regli. Japan had gotten off to the ideal start after winning the lag to take the opening two racks but that was only the start of an epic contest. Yoshioka dry broke in the third and from there, Switzerland pieced together a five pack, crafted like a fine Swiss watch.

Japan was staring down the barrel going into the eighth rack, but they were handed a lifeline when Regli scratched on the break. A neat bit of play later and Oi/Yoshioka’s hopes were renewed with the deficit cut to two. The break in the ninth wasn’t great from Oi and it led to Switzerland playing the pushout with Jungo at the table. The pushout was played well but Japan turned the needle with a safety of their own which put Regli in a tough postion. Kicking out on the one, Regli opened the table up to allow Japan in and cut the Swiss advantage to one.

Regli provided another opportunity for Japan in the next rack as he jumped on the one but made it leave the table in the process. It was another rack for Japan, and they were back in it. Oi and Yoshioka were back in the mood after initially being frozen out for five racks and they did their best to see things through as they reached the hill first at 6-5 after a 2-9 combo from Oi had brought them level.

Oi was unlike his regular self at times, and the costliest moment of the match came when he missed the one ball when trying to screw the cue ball back. With the one firmly hooked by Switzerland, Japan was back at the table but again it was the case of too much power and a lack of table speed judgment that led to Switzerland forcing a hill-hill decider.

The break proved key in the end of this contest, Japan’s meager 0.7 balls off the break in comparison to Switzerland’s 1.6 proving testimony to a superb victory for Jungo and Regli who meet Hungary next.

The Last 16 began with a European heavyweight clash between Spain and Albania for a spot in the quarterfinals and it was the latter who won the lag with a team of Eklent Kaçi and Besar Spahiu.

Spain’s David Alcaide and Francisco Sanchez Ruiz didn’t have to wait too long for their first opportunity after Kaçi’s error when kicking the three ball opened the door. Rack two was again down to Spain’s expert safety, so often seen in three cushion, a game both know well. Kaçi was hooked on the one and he proceeded to scratch giving Spain ball in hand inevitably a second rack. At the commercial break, it was 3-0 Spain, no small part down to a golden break from Sanchez Ruiz, the first of the week.

It wasn’t the case in the match of Albania playing badly, Spain were just too good as they racked up an unassailable lead. In the fifth, at 4-0 down, Spahiu tried a six cross bank only for it to not come off and give the Spaniards another easy win to go 5-0 ahead.

Sanchez Ruiz’s cue power on the break was working well but a dry break in the next rack gave Albania their chance to get on the board at 5-1. It was evident it wasn’t going to be Albania’s evening though and after conceding position in rack seven, Spain was on the hill. The job for Alcaide and Sanchez Ruiz was soon wrapped up inside 45 minutes to become the first nation into the quarterfinals.

“We played really well. We’re happy with our performance. Let’s see what comes next for us. Both players are good but when we play like that, we are so strong. We’re happy with our showing. I have a feeling in the next round, we are not thinking anything further. We played good though and broke much better than in the last round.” – Alcaide and Sanchez Ruiz after beating Albania.

The final action of the evening came in the form of a mighty clash between the USA and Poland. Both sides fancied for the title come Sunday evening in Brentwood. The USA’s Shane Van Boening broke in the first rack but didn’t leave many positions for compatriot Skyler Woodward giving Poland their first opportunity in the match. The pair of Mieszko Fortunski and Wojciech Szewczyk did the rest and they led early on 1-0.

Fortunski had a run to the World Pool Masters semi-finals just last month and alongside Szewczyk they were proving to be good value at 2-0 up. A ‘safety’ on the two in rack three could’ve been enough for them to make it 3-0 but with World Champion Van Boening at the table, the South Dakota Kid had other ideas and the USA made it 2-1. A straightforwards fourth rack brought the USA level.

From then on, the United States took control of the contest and loved every moment of it to switch it up with five racks on the spin to be two away from the quarters. Woodward came close to messing that one up when the nine rattled both sides of the pocket in the seventh.

Into the eighth, Woodward played a big safety shot to keep Poland tied up. Fortunski went airborne but he left the three in a good position. Woodward missed the resulting cut which left to a brief safety exchange where the USA came out on top, no thanks down to a fluke from Van Boening on the four and eight. The USA were on the hill.

Woodward brought his A1 game and that came in clutch as he laid the safety that would prove to be Poland’s final moment of the game as they fouled to give Van Boening and Woodward the table to complete victory. They face Hungary or Switzerland next.

Action returns from 11 am tomorrow with Round 2 continuing live on Sky Sports Arena at 11 am as well as live on DAZN in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Viaplay in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Netherlands, and Poland. See the full list of broadcasters here including Matchroom.Live if no broadcaster is available.

Friday 17, June – Morning Session – 11am

Friday 17, June – Evening Session – 5pm

Saturday 18, June – Morning Session – 11am

Saturday 18, June – Evening Session – 5pm

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Poland, Greece, And Netherlands Into Last 16 at 2022 World Cup of Pool

Marc Bijsterbosch and Niels Feijen (Taka Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Poland, Greece, and the Netherlands are safely into the Last 16 of the 2022 World Cup of Pool at the Brentwood Centre, Essex live on Sky Sports Arena in the UK, DAZN in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Viaplay in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Netherlands, and Poland. Matchroom.Live in territories without a broadcaster. 

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Poland met Hong Kong, China in one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament so far. The Poles led by Mieszko Fortunski and Wojciech Szewczyk led early doors 1-0 but the pairing of Lo Ho Sum and Robbie Capito was always going to provide a stern test and that it did as they hit back with the next three racks to lead 3-1. Mistakes were few and far between but it was one in the fifth rack that got Poland back in. Capito lost position off the break leaving Lo with a bank on the two which he made but by then they were already scrambling. With the three ball missed by Capito, it was Szewczyk who sealed the fifth to be one back. A classy break and run in the sixth from Poland made it three-all. 

You could feel the tension as both teams went hammer and tong for victory, Poland took the seventh but Szewczyk’s break left Fortunski hooked on the one much to Hong Kong, China’s fortune who levelled this time for 4-4. 

Szewczyk and Fortunski come into the tournament much favoured, and they seized their moment in the next rack. Lo looked to be playing Capito in to move in front, but he over-egged his cue ball control on the six to scratch and allow Poland back in to lead once again. It was a costly error from Lo as Poland lapped up their opponent’s misfortune to close out a 7-4 victory and set up a tie with the USA tomorrow evening. 

“It would mean the world to do well. Playing in teams is amazing. When you can feel this emotion together. When you win individually you get so many fans that cheer you on but when you play with a partner, you get to feel that together. It was an unexpected opportunity they were playing well up until that point. He really thought he was going the safe way. I told Mieszko, let’s take it, don’t let these guys back in,” said Szewczyk 

Next up, Greece’s Alexander Kazakis and Nikos Ekonomopoulos took on Cyprus’ Anthony Brabin and Christos Meligaliotis. Cyprus, making their debut. Little separated them early on as the pair went toe-to-toe at two-all. Ekonomopoulos joined up with Kazakis for the first time in a few years and he snatched it with both hands to deliver key shots in huge moments to swing the tie in their favour after Cyprus had led 3-2.  

After eight racks, Greece took back control at 5-3. There were no more real testing moments for Greece who showed their steel to take up a 7-4 win and meet Chinese Taipei next.  

“We’re happy with our win. We played great. Nikos played some unbelievable shots which gave me some confidence. We played good. We’re both really happy. We have to find each other’s game, weaknesses, and advantages. With the shot clock, we needed to know in time what we were doing. Over the last two weeks, we’ve played together a lot to be ready for that. Team games are my favourites, you are not playing for yourself. You’re playing for your partner and your whole country.” – Kazakis. 

The Netherlands met debutants Morocco in their opening match of the contest with Niels Feijen and Marc Bijsterbosch looking to banish memories of two final defeats for their country in 2013 and 2014. Morocco meanwhile led by My Cherif Zine El Abidine and Imad lagnaoui. Feijen and Bijsterbosch’s vast experience on the international stage was always bound to shine through at some point but the quick nature they rallied up a 4-0 lead came as some surprise. Both Feijen and Bijsterbosch barely put a ball out of place to leave their counterparts with plenty to be done. An opportunity came knocking in the fifth though after Bijsterbosch scratched off the break. Morocco soon swept in to take their first rack in World Cup of Pool history. 

In truth, the damage was done early on for Morocco who struggled to adapt to the TV environment. Iagnaoui did what Bijsterbosch had done just five minutes previous to hand the Netherlands their spot back at the table to go 5-1 up. Feijen’s break is a fine art and it continued to prove clutch as Morocco faltered. The Dutchmen wrapped up a 7-1 win to face defending champions Germany on Friday morning. 

“It’s just one match at a time for us. I think we can do a lot of damage this year.” – Niels Feijen after win over Morocco 

Action returns from 5pm tonight with Great Britain A meeting Great Britain B live on Sky Sports Arena at 5pm as well as live on DAZN in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Viaplay in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Netherlands, and Poland. See the full list of broadcasters here including Matchroom.Live if no broadcaster is available.  

5PM SESSION 

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Accu-Stats Announces June Premier Schedule

Accu-Stats Video Productions has announced their YouTube premiere schedule for June, and they are premiering matches from the 2022 Derby City Classic and 2015 Derby City Classic. Matches for June feature some of the best players in the world, including Efren Reyes, Shane Van Boening, Joshua Filler, Fedor Gorst, Alex Pagulayan, Jayson Shaw and many more. 

Accu-Stats premieres a new match from their immense archive of New and Historic content three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights at 8pm EST. There is a lively chat during each premiere. Pat Fleming will host most nights in June. Viewers can find the Accu-Stats YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/AccuStatsVideoProductionsTV

June Premiere Schedule

June 2nd – 2022 Derby City Classic Big Foot Challenge – Max Eberle vs Mika Immonen
June 5th – 2022 Derby City Classic 9-Ball – Darren Appleton vs Corey Deuel
June 7th – 2015 Derby City Classic Straight Pool Challenge – Ruslan Chinakhov vs Jayson Shaw
June 9th – 2022 Derby City Classic Big Foot Challenge – David Alcaide vs Alex Pagulayan
June 12th – 2022 Derby City Classic 9-Ball – Joshua Filler vs Mieszko Fortunski
June 14th – 2015 Derby City Classic One Pocket – Double Header
Alex Pagulayan vs Efren Reyes
Mike Dechaine vs Alex Pagulayan
June 16th – 2022 Derby City Classic Big Foot Challenge – Darren Appleton vs Fedor Gorst
June 19th – 2022 Derby City Classic 9-Ball – Fedor Gorst vs Shane Van Boening
June 21st – 2015 Derby City Classic Big Foot Challenge – Alex Pagulayan vs Shane Van Boening
June 26th – 2022 Derby City Classic 9-Ball – Roland Garcia Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz
June 28th – 2015 Derby City Classic One Pocket – Double Header
Shannon Daulton vs Shane Van Boening
Justin Hall vs Alex Pagulayan
June 30th – 2022 Derby City Classic Big Foot Challenge – Jayson Shaw vs Shane Van Boening

For over 30 years, Accu-Stats has been the leader in Professional Tournament Match Videos. The entire collection is available on DVD at http://www.accu-stats.com.

You can also watch more than 400 Accu-Stats matches from the 2018 and 2019 INTL 9-BALL OPEN; 2016-2022 Derby City Classic; 2015-2017 US Open 9-Ball Championships, as well as the Accu-Stats “Make It Happen” Invitationals via the Accu-Stats’ Vimeo Subscription service: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/asvod/

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UK Open Day 4 | Only 16 Remain At Copper Box Arena, London

Naoyuki Oi (Taka G Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Albin Ouschan, Ko Ping Chung, Alexander Kazakis, and home favourite Jayson Shaw all went out of the inaugural UK Open Pool Championship at the Copper Box Arena, London. Only 16 remain as the $200,000 tournament heads into single elimination live on Sky Sports Action in the UK and Ireland, DAZN in the USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, Viaplay in Scandinavia, Poland, and the Baltics as well as Matchroom.Live and networks worldwide.

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It was a grueling day of action in one of London’s most iconic venues as the tournament went through three stages of Losers Round action and a further two rounds of Winners to get the final 16 who will now compete over three tables in Races to 11 to make Saturday evening’s quarterfinals.

One player who won’t be there is Ouschan who has been battling to keep his impeccable record at Matchroom events going. It started in the best possible way with a win over veteran Ralf Souquet but he came up against a resurged Robbie Capito of Hong Kong, China who played one of the matches of his career to knock out the two-time World Champion 9-0. Shaw headed into the day knowing he needed to win three ties to keep hopes of making the final two days on home soil, but it wasn’t to be as young Jonas Souto Comino of Spain came good in a hill-hill finish early on live on the Matchroom Pool YouTube channel. Souto Comino’s hopes of his best performance to date in a Matchroom event ended at the hands of Mika Immonen 9-3 swiftly after.

Francisco Sanchez Ruiz was dumped onto the Losers’ Side of the tournament on the opening day and has since then battled away to make the Last 16. The Derby City Classic 9-Ball winner sidestepped past USA Mosconi Cup hopeful Nicholas De Leon 9-3 before wins over Ping Chung and Wojciech Szewczyk to make it two Spaniards in the final stage. The ever-present David Alcaide has stayed on the winners’ side with relative ease all week but had his sternest tests of the week beating both Immonen and World Pool Masters semi-finalist Mieszko Fortunski 9-7 to be right in the picture.

World Champion Shane Van Boening continues to steamroller his way through the tournament beating Daniel Maciol 9-3 to be in the hat whilst Mario He’s remarkable week continued to defeat Thorsten Hohmann 9-3 after beating Ko Ping Chung 9-1 earlier on. World Pool Masters winner Joshua Filler breezed past one of the last remaining Brits Luke Rollison 9-2 with a golden break along the way to join He and Van Boening in the draw.

Another World Pool Masters winner in Karol Skowerski rolled back the years to beat Skyler Woodward 9-1 for his Last 16 spot after defeating compatriot Wiktor Zielinski in a hill-hill finish. Woodward did join Van Boening in the single-elimination stage though after fighting off a resilient Capito in Losers’ Qualification.

There will be one Brit flying the flag this weekend though as Imran Majid battled through a hardy day on the Losers Half beating Marco Teutscher in a hill-hill finish before overcoming Jose Alberto Delgado and Thorsten Hohmann 9-5 and 9-3 respectively. Majid faces Filler for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Last 16 draw was completed by Karl Boyes and Matchroom Multi Sport Managing Director Emily Frazer. The eight winners from the winners’ half kept their seedings and were randomly drawn against the eight players from Losers’ Qualification.

Table 1 – 11 am – Quarter Finals

Francisco Sanchez Ruiz vs Dennis Orcollo

Joshua Filler vs Imran Majid

Table 2 

Naoyuki Oi vs Mario He

Oliver Szolnoki vs Skyler Woodward

Shane Van Boening vs Marc Bijsterbosch**

**possible float match for Table 1

Table 3

David Alcaide vs Sanjin Pehlivanović

Karol Skowerski vs Aleksa Pecelj

Niels Feijen vs Daniel Maciol

The final two days are available on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, DAZN in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland as well as on Viaplay in Scandinavia and the Baltics and various other broadcasters worldwide including Matchroom.Live in relevant countries. See the full where to watch list here.

Tickets start from £15 for the day using the code UKOPEN at checkout. Secure yours here

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UK Open Day 3 | Ko Pin Yi First Major Casualty

Ko Pin-Yi (Taka G Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Ko Pin Yi became the first major casualty of the 2022 UK Open Pool Championship at the Copper Box Arena, London live on the Matchroom Pool Facebook and YouTube pages as well as Matchroom.Live as the field edges ever closer to the single-elimination stage.

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It was a packed day in England’s capital as 40 players were sent packing home with the biggest name coming in 2015 World Champion, Pin Yi. The Chinese Taipei star was sent to the Losers Bracket by Luke Garland yesterday and faced a potential three matches on day three to keep his UK Open journey going. Pin Yi beat Craig Brown early on 9-6 but came unstuck to South Africa’s JJ Faul who put on what he described as the performance of his career.

Mieszko Fortunski reached the semi-finals of the World Pool Masters just a few weeks back beating Jayson Shaw along the way and the Pole moved past the Brit once again to keep on the winners’ half of the draw. Shaw faces a stern test tomorrow if he is to keep going with a potential three matches on the agenda to reach the Last 16, first in the form of Jonas Souto Comino of Spain.

Fans were treated to a breathtaking performance by 14-year-old Riku Romppanen who came from 8-4 down to beat Robbie Capito to remain in the competition and meet Skyler Woodward to keep his hopes going. Romppanen’s journey will be one to remember with three wins over his three days but eventually came unstuck to Woodward despite pegging the two-time Mosconi Cup MVP back to 5-5 after Woodward led 5-0. The result leaving Woodward with a match against 2012 World Pool Masters champion Karol Skowerski to reach the Last 16.

Joshua Filler needs only one more win to reach the Last 16, the Killer doing a double on America’s Chris Reinhold and Shane Wolford 9-5 and 9-1 respectively. Filler will come up against Britain’s Luke Rollison, who has battled his way through after overcoming World Pool Championship semi-finalist Abdullah Alyousef 9-7 in a memorable performance. World Champion Shane Van Boening is also in the same position as Filler after beating Juan Carlos Exposito of Spain and legend of the game Ralf Souquet to meet Poland’s Daniel Maciol for a spot in the Last 16 tomorrow.

Thorsten Hohmann will meet Mario He in Winners Qualification tomorrow, after the pair dismantled Alexander Kazakis and Ko Ping Chung 9-3 and 9-1 respectively. The other Winners Qualification match sees Dennis Orcollo up against former World Junior champion Sanjin Pehlivanovic. Orcollo was given a scare against Souto Comino who had gone into a 5-0 lead on the Filipino great. Pehlivanovic meanwhile overcame Nineball World No.5, Max Lechner, in an emphatic fashion 9-2.

The losers’ bracket is stacked ahead of Round 6. One of Francisco Sanchez Ruiz and Alexander Kazakis will learn their fate early on tomorrow as the pair do battle to make Losers Round 7 whilst it will be an all-American affair between Shane Wolford and Oscar Dominguez to keep their hopes alive. Two other 2022 Nineball World Ranking Top 32 players will meet in Alyousef and Marc Bijsterbosch. World Pool Masters runner-up Lo Ho Sum will face Romppanen. Ho Sum getting the better of Pijus Labutis and Denis Grabe on a busy day.

It was strictly business for Albin Ouschan who recovered from defeat to Karol Skowerski on the Winners’ side with victories over Snooker’s Gary Wilson 9-2 and Joao Grillo 9-1 to meet Souquet to keep hopes alive of another Nineball title. Ouschan winning seven racks on the spin to knock out Wilson.

Day 4 Streamed Matches Below From 11:00 am

Table 1 – Matchroom Pool Facebook / Matchroom.Live

Francisco Sanchez Ruiz vs Alex Kazakis (L6)
Jayson Shaw vs Jonas Souto Comino (L6)
Oscar Dominguez vs Shane Wolford (L6)
Joshua Filler vs Luke Rollison (W5)
Shane Van Boening vs Daniel Maciol (W5)

Table 2 – Matchroom Pool YouTube / Matchroom.Live

Ko Ping Chung vs Nicholas De Leon (L6)
Mika Immonen vs Chris Alexander (L6)
Marc Bijsterbosch vs Abdullah Alyousef (L6)
Dennis Orcollo vs Sanjin Pehlivanovic (W5)
David Alcaide vs Mieszko Fortunski (W5)

The final two days are available on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, DAZN in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland as well as on Viaplay in Scandinavia and the Baltics and various other broadcasters worldwide including Matchroom.Live in relevant countries. See the full where to watch list here.

Tickets start from £15 for the day using the code UKOPEN at checkout. Secure yours here

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Joshua Filler Claims 2022 World Pool Masters Title

Joshua Filler has won the 2022 World Pool Masters beating Lo Ho Sum in the final at the Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar live on Sky Sports, DAZN, Viaplay, and Matchroom.Live in selected countries for the first time.

FINAL

Joshua Filler (8) 9-6 Lo Ho Sum

SEMI-FINALS

Joshua Filler (8) 7-3 Ko Pin Yi

Mieszko Fortunski 5-7 Lo Ho Sum

Filler set up a final with Lo after coming from 3-0 behind to win the following seven racks to clinch a 7-3 victory against former world champion Ko Pin Yi at the start of the evening. The German claimed his first World Pool Masters crown in a 9-6 win to become one of very few to win the World Pool Championship, US Open Pool Championship, Mosconi Cup, World Cup of Pool, and World Pool Masters in their career at just the age of 24.

The opening rack didn’t go to plan for Filler after winning the lag, he scratched off the break to hand Lo the early advantage. Breaking in the second, Lo was full of confidence as he rack the rack to lead 2-0 against the previous US Open champion. Into the third rack and Lo had a chance on the two but it was obscured by the seven. Filler duly got to the table and made it 2-1. Before too long, Filler was back on top turning it around to lead 3-2 and looking like putting on the performance that saw him down Dennis Orcollo in the quarter-finals 7-0. The Killer soon hit 4-2 at a breeze but this wasn’t going to be as easy for him after he underestimated the speed of the table when playing safe on the two ball. That move was costly to allow Lo back at 4-3 and soon 4-4 with his first break and run of the match.

Lo’s stroke was getting better and better and another break and run in the following rack put him back in front for the first time since 2-1. Filler was frozen to his chair as the road map became even clearer for Lo who broke and run again in the 11th rack to put a two-rack buffer between the pair, the shot of the rack coming on the seven after losing position on the cue ball briefly.

Filler got back at the table in the 11th after Lo missed a tricky two ball, but the current World Cup of Pool holder couldn’t put pay by making the 2 7 combo. However, the rack wasn’t done yet as Lo left himself with a horrible cut on the three. From there, Filler ran out the rest of the rack to be behind by one at 6-5.

The reputation of nerve and grit is what makes Filler one of the most feared players on tour and he was far from done in the contest as he ran the 12th rack to level again at 6-6.

As the 13th rack began, Lo was back at the table after Filler broke but he blew it as quick as the chance came on the six ball after losing the cue ball forcing him to play an awkward cut to keep the rack going in his favour. It didn’t happen though, and Filler led once again at 7-6, a smart shot on that six freed up the seven which was frozen to the rail to complete the rack and break in the 14th.

Filler had the brilliance to spot a 3-6 combination and help him clear the table despite a poor break to reach the hill at 8-6. Victory was in Filler’s hands as he ran the last rack for a memorable win.

“I want to get better and better; I still made many mistakes, I still want to do better. I will try to be better. I will come back to defend this title for sure! I wanted to fight until the end and that’s what I did. Fair play to Lo Ho Sum who played a great week beating the World Champion Shane Van Boening. Since Matchroom announced they’d changed the pockets, I did the same in my home. It’s a different game. I felt great. I hope this is the future of pool. When I am back home, I will work hard on my safety game and be ready to go again at the UK Open.

Lo said: “It was the best experience ever this week. I would like to have more tournaments like this to get more experience. I am speechless this week. Kelly Fisher has helped me a lot for the upcoming events. ”

Next Up

The inaugural UK Open Pool Championship gets underway from May 17-22 at the Copper Box Arena, London as 256 players battle out for a prize fund of $200,000 in the Nineball World Ranking Event.

Newly crowned World Champion and current 2023 Live Nineball World No.1 Shane Van Boening will lead the field along the likes of two-time World Champion Albin Ouschan and Team Europe’s two-time Mosconi Cup MVP Jayson Shaw. Fans will also get to see some familiar names from the world of snooker turn to Nineball.

Fans will be able to take in every single table at the Copper Box Arena as 256 battle through the double-elimination stage led by the top 32 on the Nineball World Rankings. Lending its format from the US Open, only the last 16 will make it through to the straight knockout stage.

Get your tickets here from only £15 using the code UKOPEN

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Semi-Final Line-Up Complete at 2022 World Pool Masters

Lo Ho Sum (Taka G Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

The semi-final line-up for the 2022 World Pool Masters is complete at the Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar live on Sky Sports, DAZN, Viaplay, and Matchroom.Live in selected countries as Lo Ho Sum, Joshua Filler, and Mieszko Fortunski joined Ko Pin Yi in tonight’s finale.

Abdullah Alyousef 6-7 Lo Ho Sum 

Joshua Filler 7-0 Dennis Orcollo

Francisco Sanchez Ruiz – Mieszko Fortunski

Lo found himself 4-1 down to Abdullah Alyousef who had rallied up some early confidence to leave the youngster wondering where his next shot may come on the table in a nervy affair. Alyousef is no pushover on the back of reaching the semi-finals of the World Pool Championship just a month ago, but his rhythm was disrupted in the sixth rack.

Lo had missed the two ball in his first opportunity at the table but Alyousef made a howler of an error on the three ball to put Lo back in who soon made it 4-2. The difference was soon one. In the seventh rack, Alyousef was snookered on the eight ball before making a meal of his effort for Lo to make it 4-3. Both players were making their World Pool Masters debut this week and was soon level for the first time since the start of the match at 4-4. It soon went 5-5 before Lo was first to reach the hill. Alyousef played the six ball with too much spin making the cue ball nestle inside the jaw of the middle pocket offering up a tricky pot on the seven, the Kuwaiti missed allowing Lo to reach the hill.

The miss of the tournament came in the next rack as Lo had the one ball in front of him and the five over the pocket – somehow the one ball avoided the five allowing Alyousef back to the table. Alyousef made him pay for hill-hill. Lo then completed a nervy but deserved victory in the following rack in more routine fashion to book a semi-final spot.

Nobody could’ve predicted how one-sided Filler’s win over Dennis Orcollo would be with the German offering out a donut win over the Filipino great. Orcollo didn’t get any table time with just the one foul in the match being his only contribution. Filler’s states were remarkable and do the storytelling of the contest better than any words.

Fortunski came up against the home favourite Sanchez Ruiz to book a maiden semi-final berth at a Matchroom event and he stood up well to the job at hand. The early exchanges saw the pair share the opening four racks. Neither Sanchez Ruiz or Fortunski could break away from eachother and a scratch on the break in the eighth for Sanchez Ruiz led to Fortunski levelling at 4-4. Into the ninth rack and Fortunski found his stroke with a break and run to make it 5-4 before another in the following rack to be on the hill at 6-4. Fortunski broke well in what proved to be in the final rack but gave Sanchez Ruiz a chance after hooking himself on the four ball. The resulting kick from Fortunski put him safe making it diffcult for Sanchez Ruiz to have a stroke on the four. Sanchez Ruiz made the jump on the four but left the table open for Fortunski to wrap up a huge victory.

The semi-finals and final complete the 2022 World Pool Masters from 5:30 pm UK time with Filler set to face Pin Yi. Lo takes on Sanchez Ruiz.

Sunday 8th May – Evening Session – 5:30 pm UK time – Semi-Finals

Joshua Filler (8) vs Ko Pin Yi

Mieszko Fortunski vs Lo Ho Sum

Final – Race to 9 

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Albin Ouschan Out of 2022 World Pool Masters As Ko Pin Yi Reaches Semis

Albin Ouschan (Taka G Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Albin Ouschan has been knocked out of the 2022 World Pool Masters at the Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar live on Sky Sports, DAZN, Viaplay, and Matchroom.Live in selected countries as Francisco Sanchez Ruiz came from 5-2 down to beat the two-time world champion. 

Last 16

Joshua Filler 7-1 Skyler Woodward

Albin Ouschan 5-7 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz

Quarter Final 1

Max Lechner 2-7 Ko Pin Yi

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The evening session began at a canter as Joshua Filler wrapped up a huge 7-1 win over Skyler Woodward in a little over half an hour. On Woodward’s birthday, Filler was the party pooper as he barely got out of second gear on the way to victory whilst his American counterpart faltered. Filler’s golden break in the fourth rack put him 3-1 up before a bad miss cue from Woodward in the fifth rack left Woodward 4-1 down and a mountain to climb. The pair have done battle on countless occasions in the Mosconi Cup, and it was Filler on this occasion who was getting the better of Woodward with a merciless showing. 

Sanchez Ruiz had the home crowd support on his mission to reach the quarterfinals but faced Ouschan who was looking to bounce back from defeat to Shane Van Boening in the World Pool Championship back in April. It was a cagey opening affair as both Ouschan, and Sanchez Ruiz scratched on their respective breaks as it moved to 1-1. 

Ouschan put daylight between him and Sanchez Ruiz after winning the third and fourth racks to leave the Spaniard with work to be done. Sanchez Ruiz was locked out for large parts of the early exchanges as Ouschan locked him up in deep safety battles. The Austrian had his eyes on the quarterfinals as he led 5-2 with Sanchez Ruiz yet to put his stamp on the match but at that point things turned. Ouschan’s break left the cue ball tight on the eight with a rough angle on the one and it was from then Sanchez Ruiz took full advantage and make it 5-3. Into the next rack and Ouschan had the opportunity to reach the hill but unusually he missed a bank on the seven to give Sanchez Ruiz another bite of the cherry and go one behind. 

There was a real momentum swing in the arena as Sanchez Ruiz rallied back to reach the hill first at 6-5 with a flawless rack before completing a comeback at 7-5 to send the local crowd into rapterous applause. 

The first quarter-final of the tournament rounded off the night with Nineball World No. 5 Max Lechner meeting Ko Pin Yi who had already overcome brother Ping Chung and David Alcaide in the competition. Lechner struggled to get a hand on the table as Pin Yi continued to break effortlessly to move into an early 3-0 lead. Lechner though has become difficult to beat and he got back-to-back racks to make it only 3-2. That was Lechner’s last say on matters though despite only missing one ball all match. Pin Yi broke and run in 71% of his racks making 2.7 balls on average in the process. The Chinese Taipei’s performance arguably flawless making 98% of his pots and breaking and running in six of his even racks. Pin Yi will play in the first semi-final tomorrow evening against either Dennis Orcollo or Filler.

The quarter-final stage continues tomorrow afternoon from 12:30 pm UK time with Abdullah Alyousef meeting Lo Ho Sum. Filler’s reward for beating Woodward as mentioned is Orcollo. Mieszko Fortunski will take on Sanchez Ruiz. The semi-finals will take place tomorrow evening before the final which is a Race to 9.

Sunday 8th May – Afternoon Session – 1:00pm UK time – Quarterfinals

Abdullah Alyousef vs Lo Ho Sum

Joshua Filler vs Dennis Orcollo

Francisco Sanchez Ruiz vs Mieszko Fortunski

Sunday 8th May – Evening Session – 5:30pm UK time – Semi-Finals

Ko Pin Yi/Max Lechner vs Dennis Orcollo/Joshua Filler

Francisco Sanchez Ruiz/Mieszko Fortunski vs Abdullah Alyousef/Lo Ho Sum

Final – Race to 9 

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Ko Pin Yi Shines in Win Over Alcaide at 2022 World Pool Masters

Ko Pin-Yi (Taka G Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Ko Pin Yi downed David Alcaide to reach the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Pool Masters at the Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar live on Sky Sports, DAZN, Viaplay, and Matchroom.Live in selected countries as Mieszko Fortunski and Abdullah Alyousef also made their way through to the next stage.

David Alcaide 3-7 Ko Pin Yi

Aloysius Yapp 4-7 Mieszko Fortunski

Naoyuki Oi 3-7 Abdullah Alyousef

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Pin Yi was up against two-time winner Alcaide and the former world champion didn’t seem too fazed by his opponent’s credentials as he amassed a 5-0 lead. Alcaide was glued to his chair after initally winning the lag, but the Spaniard scratched on the break. The following racks were a clinic in breaking by Pin Yi as the 32-year-old’s game gathered pace. There was a route back into the Race to 7 for Alcaide in the sixth rack when Pin Yi found himself with nowhere to go on the two ball. A brief safety exchange later, Pin Yi looked to be closing in to make the hill but a simple miss on the seven was the gift Alcaide needed to get on the board at 5-1 but with still plenty to do.

For Alcaide, there was a routine run out in the seventh to be three behind but fully aware of Pin Yi’s stronghold on the game. Alcaide broke in the eighth but missed the bank on the one ball and made it safe somewhat. That proved to be Alcaide’s downfall though as Pin Yi hooked Alcaide who ended up fouling on the 9 when trying to kick his way out of trouble onto the one. In the process, leaving a 1-9 combo on for Pin Yi to reach the hill which he duly obliged. The drama wasn’t done in this contest yet though as Pin Yi scratched in the following rack on the break to allow Alcaide back in to 6-3. Alcaide missed a simple one to the middle pocket in the next rack and from there Pin Yi secured his victory and a place in the quarter-finals.

Fortunski has already had a blistering week after victory over Jayson Shaw to reach the Last 16 and he doubled up to beat US Open runner-up Aloysius Yapp 7-4 to book a maiden quarter-final birth in Gibraltar against either Albin Ouschan or Francisco Sanchez. Yapp took the opening rack with a golden break but soon Fortunski field back to lead for the second time at 3-2 with a confidence-boosting the fifth rack that saw the Pole bank the one ball like a Bugatti Veyron off the start line. Fortunski comes to Gibraltar trying to replicate what compatriot Karol Skowerski did ten years ago in winning the World Pool Masters. Yapp seemed to struggle at times with the table conditions but made it 3-3 and put Fortunski back under it. The 2022 World Cup of Pool is not too far away where Fortunski will be flying the flag for Poland and with some supporters in the arena, they saw him reach the hill first at 6-4. On the hill, Fortunski played a delightful 3-6 combo on his way to another mammoth win for the Butcher.

Alyousef is loving life now after a run to the semi-finals of the World Pool Championship, the Kuwaiti received an invite to the World Pool Masters for the first time and he made haste of Niels Feijen yesterday. He goes by the name of Solid Gold and Alyousef kept his wonderful year going with a win over one of the pre-tournament favourites Naoyuki Oi to reach the quarter-finals 7-3. In truth, the pair struggled at the table and a string of errors caused problems for both. Alyousef though was holding his own in the pivotal turning points in the contest. At 1-1, both missed tricky nine ball opportunities before Alyousef struck to lead at 2-1.

The fourth rack was messy with the six, seven, and nine all locked up in the bottom right corner. After Oi made both the six and seven in one shot with a lovely shot, the Japanese man missed the nine and Alyousef led 3-1. Alyousef made the three ball and six as it hung over the pocket but left the cue ball teetering on the edge of the jaw leaving a tough kick on the four ball. Oi put pay to Alyousef’s error to make it a one rack difference. That did prove to be Oi’s last rack though as Alyousef came through to wrap up a 7-3 win.

The remaining Last 16 contests start the Evening Session in Gibraltar as Joshua Filler gets his World Pool Masters campaign underway against Mosconi Cup rival Skyler Woodward before Austria’s Albin Ouschan meets Francisco Sanchez Ruiz and Max Lechner gets the quarter-final action going in a meeting with Ko Pin Yi of Chinese Taipei.

Saturday 7th May – Evening Session – Last 16 / Quarter Final 1 – 5:30pm UK time

Joshua Filler (8) vs Skyler Woodward

Albin Ouschan (3) vs Francisco Sanchez Ruiz

Quarter Final 1

Max Lechner (5) vs Ko Pin Yi

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Van Boening And Kazakis Out of 2022 World Pool Masters

Shane Van Boening (Taka G Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Newly crowned World Champion Shane Van Boening and Defending Champion Alexander Kazakis are both out of the 2022 World Pool Masters at the Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar live on Sky Sports, DAZN, Viaplay, and Matchroom.Live in selected countries after losses to Lo Ho Sum and Dennis Orcollo, respectively.

Alexander Kazakis 0-7 Dennis Orcollo 

Max Lechner 7-2 Dimitri Jungo

Shane Van Boening 6-7 Lo Ho Sum

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Kazakis came into the contest on a high after a run to the quarter-finals of the World Pool Championship last month and a whitewash win in last year’s final over Shane Van Boening but the Greek was rooted to his chair as Orcollo rallied at a canter to the quarter-finals. It was a clinic from Orcollo who has now won 14 racks in a row after coming from 4-0 down behind in his afternoon Preliminary Stage match with Eklent Kaçi. Kazakis’ opportunities were few and far between and he missed a big one in the fourth rack after losing the cue ball off the six, he failed to get any position on the eight and clear up the rest of the rack. At 4-0 down, Kazakis missed the five ball when looking to cut it in the top right corner and that was then Orcollo 5-0 up and two away from victory. From then on, Orcollo breezed into the quarter-finals where he will play the winner of Joshua Filler and Skyler Woodward.

Max Lechner is appearing in his second World Pool Masters after making his debut last year and started his campaign against Dimitri Jungo who had overcome Mario He in his preliminary clash on Thursday evening. Lechner headed into the tournament as the No.5 seed off the 2022 Nineball World Rankings and it was justified as he raced into a 6-0 lead before Jungo put on a fight to get two on the board at 6-2 but it proved to be too little too late for the Swiss as Lechner wrapped up the last rack.

Van Boening faced a tricky Last 16 clash with Lo who had beaten Denis Grabe in his opening encounter on Thursday. It did seem to be business as usual for Van Boening who led 2-1 but breaking in the fourth, the American went in off and Lo made it 2-2. Lo plays out of Hong Kong, China and soon the former Junior World medalist was 4-2 ahead and only looking up as Van Boening faltered. Van Boening was trying his best to get into it at 4-3 but he missed a full-length effort on the two to open up the table for Lo who then led 5-3. Lo broke and run in the ninth rack to be on the hill, but the contest was far from done in the following rack after Lo missed the 5 along the rail with only the seven and nine left up on the table. Van Boening got back in to make it 6-4 and soon 6-5 to make it a tense finale.

Fans were treated to the best of Van Boening as he made a comeback for the ages in Milton Keynes at the World Pool Championship, and he lived up to his reputation to force the first hill-hill finish of the week. Van Boening cracked in the last rack though with a scratch early on before Lo came back to secure a historic victory. Van Boening struggled to break and run losing the rack on four occasions where he broke.

The Last 16 continues from 1 pm Central European Time with defending two-time champion David Alcaide meeting Ko Pin Yi who beat brother Ping Chung earlier today. Jayson Shaw‘s conqueror faces US Open runner-up Aloysius Yapp before Abdullah Alyousef takes on the majestic and always unpredictable Naoyuki Oi of Japan.

Saturday 7th May – Afternoon Session – Last 16 – 12:00pm UK time

David Alcaide (4) vs Ko Pin Yi

Aloysius Yapp (6) vs Mieszko Fortunski

Naoyuki Oi (7) vs Abdullah Alyousef

Saturday 7th May – Evening Session – Last 16 / Quarter Final 1 – 5:30pm UK time

Joshua Filler (8) vs Skyler Woodward

Albin Ouschan (3) vs Francisco Sanchez Ruiz

Quarter Final 1

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