Round 1 – race to 8
Round 1 – (1) China 4 v 8 Switzerland
Top seed and defending champion China was given the boot by the unheralded Swiss pairing of Ronni Regli and Dimitri Jungo. Jungo is the recent German Open winner and his partner Regli is half-Filipino. Fu Jian Bo and Li Hewen actually won the first 2 racks but the Swiss tandem won 4 straight racks for a 4-2 lead. The Jungo-Regli team never relinquished the lead and eliminated Team China.
Round 1 – (16) Indonesia 7 v 8 Sweden
Marcus Chamat and Thomas Mehtala used their experience to rally from a 1-5 deficit to stun Irsal Nasution and Riyan Setiawan of Indonesia. The Swedes won the match via a 1-rack margin. Sweden will face Switzerland in the next round.
Round 1 – (8) Spain 5 v 8 Korea
Korean cue artists Lee Gun Jae and Hwang Young eliminated the 8th-seeded Spanish pairing of David Alcaide and Francisco Diaz, 8-5. Team Korea blitzed to a 4-1 lead and never looked back as another seeded team fell in the first round of the 2011 World Cup of Pool.
Round 1 – (9) Japan 8 v 3 Croatia
After 3 straight upsets, Japan finally lived up to its billing and overwhelmed Croatia. Croatia’s Ivica Putnik and Karlo Dalmatin wasted a 2-0 lead as they allowed Japan’s Lo Li-wen and Yukio Akagariyama to rally and coast to an 8-3 victory. Akagariyama is the current World 9-Ball Champ. Round 2 will be an all-Asian matchup between the Japan and Korea.
Round 1 – (12) Finland 7 v 8 India
Former World No. 1 Mika Immonen, who paired with first-time World Cup participant Petri Makkonen rallied to catch up with the hot-start of the Indian pairing of Raj Hundal and Amar Kang at 7-7, only to lose in the last rack. The victory was the first ever for India in the history World Cup of Pool.
Round 1 – (5) Philippines B 8 v 4 Kuwait
The legendary pairing of Filipino legends Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante did not disappoint the Filipino fans as they cap the first night of competitions with a 8-4 victory over newcomers Omar Al Shaheen and KhaledAl Mutaira of Kuwait. The Bata-Django tandem will next face the Hitman-AK 47 combo of India.
Of the six games of Day 1, only 2 seeded teams survived. The No.1 seed fell and it shows the beauty of a single elimination tourney were anything can happen. We will see tomorrow if the seeds will finally show that they deserve billing or will the minnows continue to surprise the field.
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