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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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Final Four Head into the CSI 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship

Alex Pagulayan (Photo courtesy of JP Parmentier)

The CSI 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada started Monday, May 14th with 96 top players from around the world. Going into day six the last four players standing are Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan versus #6 WPA World ranked Dennis Orcollo on the winner’s side and recent BCA Hall of Fame recipient and legend Francisco Bustamante versus current #7 USA ranked Mike Dechaine on the one loss side.

Competition on the tight Diamond Pro Tables has been tough and this week’s earlier rounds saw several upsets. Perhaps one of the biggest stories throughout the week was Oscar Dominguez, currently ranked 11th in the US and #9 on the US Mosconi Team race. Dominguez lost his first round match to Orcollo hill-hill, then won his next seven matches beating out such opponents as Mika Immonen 9-0, Jeremy Jones 9-1, Johnny Archer 9-6 then finally knocked out by Dechaine, taking 7-8th place.

Another player that created quite a buzz was top Japanese player Kenichi Uchigaki. A long time participant in the international professional pool circuit, Uchigaki played this week near flawless until he was sent to the stands by Bustamante. On his road though he took out, Amar Kang 9-6, Shaun Wilkie 9-5, Diego Simon Parra 9-7 and Raul Hebles Berraquero 9-2 and taking home 5-6th place.

The US Open 10-Ball Championship is a BCA Point event, which determines the US player invites to WPA World Championships and is also a Matchroom Sport Mosconi Cup US point event, which determines which players make up the coveted US Mosconi Cup Team.

Dennis Hatch, who also placed 5-6th this week, came into the event ranked 6th in the US and #4 on the US Mosconi Team race. His finish in this tournament may boost him up a place in the ratings.

Uncharacteristically, several top players found themselves out of the tournament early. #1 ranked US player, Shane Van Boening ended in 17-24th place. However Van Boening has a substantial point lead above all other US player and will feel little impact from his lack of points in this event. The #3 ranked US player Rodney Morris, after a first round loss to Matt Krah fought back to win his next six matches to be knocked out by top Canadian player John Morra finishing 13-16. Shawn Putnam, who is currently ranked #8 in the US and #6 on the US Mosconi Team race, settled for 33-48th place this week after losing his first round match to David Alcaide Bermudez from Spain 9-6 and fellow US player Rob Saez 9-7 in the fourth round.

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