World Cup of Pool Day One – Defending champs ease their way through


Round 1 Results
Germany 8-1 Serbia
Thailand 8-4 Malaysia
DEFENDING champions Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann (Germany) made light work of Serbia  to advance into the second round of the 2012 World Cup of Pool at Robinsons Place, Manila today (Tuesday).
The Germans had suffered nightmare preparations in the run up to the match. Souquet had contracted food poisoning on the eve of the tournament and it became so bad that he was rushed to the emergency room for an IV drip and medical treatment.
It was good enough for him to make the match and along with Hohmann, they did enough to get past the Serbs 8-1. Andrea Klasovic and Zoltan Svilar had chances but were not up to the German’s speed.
“I think Ralf played great. I made a few more decision making mistakes than him,” said Thorsten Hohmann.
“The big factor was the break.  We still haven’t figured it out but we got lucky because when we left it open they missed a few times or they didn’t have a shot and had to play safe or kick. Then they would leave it open and of course once it’s open, it’s easy for us.”
Added Souquet: “The score makes it looks like it was an easy match but it wasn’t really.”
“We have a day a half to rest now which is good.  I’m very weak. Except for a piece of dry toast this morning, I haven’t eaten anything since yesterday.”
The 2012 World Cup of Pool runs from Tuesday September 4 to Sunday, September 9 at Robinson’s Place, Ermita, Manila.  Once again the total prize fund is US$250,000 with $60,000 going to the eventual champions. Tickets for the extravaganza will be available at the venue on the day of play but with plentiful balconies offering superb views of the playing arena, organisers are anticipating crowds in the thousands rather than hundreds.
In the second match of the first session, last year’s shock finalists Thailand took a while to hit their gear against Malaysia as they stood all square at 4-4, but took the final four racks to secure victory.
Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin had scored a succession of upsets at last year’s tournament to reach the final and this time round, perennial Malaysian contenders Patrick Ooi and Ibrahim bin Amir were no match for them. The Thais can now look forward to either England or Belgium.
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