Yang ends Souquet’s WPC hopes

Ching-Shun Yang

On Table 4, Ralf Souquet could do nothing to prevent the advance of Taiwanese hotshot Ching-shun Yang, a semi-finalist here last year.

The reigning US Open champ went into an early 3 - 0 lead, but when he came up dry on the break in the fourth rack, he suffered the type of nightmare all top level players fear.

The 25 year-old from Kaohsiung, who has won a slew of titles in the Far East, proceeded to reel off nine consecutive racks to take the match 9 - 3.

Ralf managed just two visits to the table to escape from safeties but could only sit in his chair as Yang put on a master class.

Match referee Patrick Moir, who has been refereeing at the championships for three years, described it as 'the best pool he had ever seen.'

Yang's reward is a last 16 clash against 2001 champ Mika Immonen or Niclas Bergendorff.

Last 32 - Afternoon Session

Alex Lely (Hol) 9 - 5 Che-Wei Fu (Tpe)
Marcus Chamat (Swe) 9 - 3 Jang-Su Lee (Kor)
Hui-Kai Hsia (Tpe) 9 - 8 Max Eberle (USA)
Young-Hwa Jeong (Kor) 9 - 2 Marlon Manalo (Phi)
Ching-Shun Yang (Tpe) 9 - 3 Ralf Souquet (Ger)
Earl Strickland (USA) 9 - 3 Haruyoshi Hinokiyama (Jap)
Steve Davis (Eng) 9 - 6 Kunihiko Takahashi (Jap)
Efren Reyes (Phi) 9 - 8 Nick van den Berg (Ned)

Winners advance to the last 16, losers receive $2,000

Photo courtesy of Matchroom Sport