Lee He Wen (CHN) 11 – 10 Antonio Gabica (PHL)
Darren Appleton (GBR) 11 – 9 Ko Pin Yi (TAI)
After 4 very close games in the quarterfinals, the World 9 Ball Championship is down to its final 4 players. The final 4 is composed of:
- Ralf Souquet of Germany – “The Kaiser” has already won the World 9 Ball Championship 16 years ago when he beat Sweden’s Tom Storm in the finals. If he wins this year’s edition he will join Earl Strickland, Johnny Archer, and Chap Fong Pang as the only multiple time winners of the history of the World 9-Ball Championship. Souquet has also been the runner-up twice in 2001 (vs. Immonen) and 2006 (vs. Alcano). The last time a German won in the tournament is way back in 2003 when Thorsten Hohmann beat Filipino-Canadian Alex Pagulayan.
- Lee He Wen of China – Lee started the tournament at the wrong foot after falling to Taiwanese ace Chao Fang Pong in his first match of the 2012 World 9 Ball Championship. Ever since that loss, he has strung up 6 straight wins to be in the semifinals. He eliminated Edwin Montal of Canada, Roman Hybler of Czech Republic, Jason Klatt of Canada, John Morra of Canada, Omar Al Shaheen of Kuwait, and Antonio Gabica of the Philippines, on his way to a semifinal match-up against Ralf Souquet. He sent home 3 Canadians in his quest to become the first ever World 9 Ball Champion from China.
- Naoyuki Ohi of Japan – Ohi is hoping to duplicate the feat of his countryman Yukio Akagariyama who won last year’s edition of World 9 Ball Championship. Should he win the tournament, he will be the 4th Japanese to win the title after Akagariyama (2011), Takahashi Kunihiko (1998), and Okumura Takeshi (1994). He prevented an all-British semifinals by beating Karl Boyes in the quarterfinals. He will face another GBR bet Darren Appleton for a spot in the finals.
- Darren Appleton of Great Britain – Five years ago, Daryl Peach became the first Briton to win the World 9-Ball Championship. Darren Appleton hopes to duplicate the achievement of his countryman in this year’s championship. Nickname “Dynamite”, Appleton is a former World 10-Ball Champion. He also won the 2010 U.S. Open 9-ball Tournament. Winning this tournament will add to the long list of accomplishments of the Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England-native.
The final 4 match-ups will be Souquet vs. Lee and Ohi vs. Appleton. All semifinalists are assured of $12,000. The losing finalist will win $20,000 while the champion gets $40,000.
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