Taiwanese Chia Ching Wu wins Brunei 9-Ball Cup

MANILA, PHILIPPINES---FILIPINO DENNIS "ROBOCOP" ORCOLLO failed to win another major title this year after suffered a heart-breaking loss to eventual champion Chia-ching Wu of Chinese-Taipei who nailed a come-from behind 11-9 victory in their semi-finals confrontation on Saturday afternoon in the 2007 Brunei 9-Ball Invitational Cup 2007 at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas.

According to Perry Mariano, Orcollo's benefactor who is in Hongkong on Saturday and scheduled to arrive in Manila late Sunday, the 28-year-old Bislig, Surigao del Sur ace was hot at the start of the match taking a 9-4 commanding lead in the semis using a race-to-11 format.

However, Wu, the 18-year-old Taiwanese child prodigy came back and clustered seven straight racks to score an 11-9 win over Orcollo, the 2007 BCA (Billiards Congress of America) Enjoypool.com 9-Ball champion last May in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wu clinch the championship's trophy plus the top prize of US$10,000 by beating Indonesian hopeful Ricky Yang, 13-10, in the finals.

Ricky settled runner-up prize of US$5,000 in the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) and organized by the Brunei Darussalam Cue Sports Association for the third time with cooperation from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and sponsored by GHK Motors Sdn Bhd.

Yang was the conqueror of another Filipino entry as he defeated current double world champion Ronato "Volcano" Alcano, 9-7, in the quarter-final matches.

It was a sweet victory for Wu who lost in the last year's Brunei edition finals to compatriot and fellow World 9-ball Champion Fong-Pang Chao, 13-8.