2014 WPA World 9 Ball Championship: 32 players get the boot; Akagariyama ousted!

23 06 2014

From 128 pool players, the 2014 World 9 Ball Championship is now down to 96 as 32 players got eliminated in Day 2 of competitions. On Day 2, we say goodbye to the following players:

  1. Mohamed Al Hosani(UAE)
  2. Mohd Al Bin Ali(QAT)
  3. John Morra(CAN)
  4. Hasan Hwaida Idan(IRQ)
  5. Hamzaa M. Saeed Ali(ERI)
  6. Ahmad Taufiq(BRU)
  7. Mishel Turkey(QAT)
  8. Fahim Sinha(BAN)
  9. Yukio Akagariyama(JPN)
  10. Detlef Grzella(RSA)
  11. Mohamed Hamouda(EGY)
  12. Eric Lee(HKG)
  13. Karol Skowerski(POL)
  14. Abdulla Mohammad(UAE)
  15. Vilmos Foldes(HUN)
  16. Nour Wasfi Al Jarrah(JOR)
  17. Sayeem Hossain(BAN)
  18. Denis Grabe(EST)
  19. Stefan Sprangers(NED)
  20. Alejandro Carbajal(CHI)
  21. Mohammed Elassal(EGY)
  22. Jurgen Jenisy(AUT)
  23. Mohammed Ali Berjaou(LEB)
  24. Christian Aguirre(ECU)
  25. Bader Al Hamdan(KSA)
  26. Koh Seng Ann Aaron(SIN)
  27. J-Ram Alabanzas(RSA)
  28. Imran Majid(GBR)
  29. So Shaw(IRI)
  30. Kwok Chi Ho(HKG)
  31. Bashar Hussain(QAT)
  32. Mario Morra(CAN)

Biggest Name Eliminated for Day 2: Yukio Akagariyama was the 2011 World 9 Ball Champion.  In that year’s final, Akagariyama beat Ronnie Alcano, 13-11. Today we say goodbye to Akagariyama and 31 others who ended their 2014 campaign in just matches.

Yukio Akagiriyama gets the boot

Yukio Akagariyama – 2011 World 9 Ball Champion gets eliminated after Day 2 of the 2014 World 9 Ball Championship

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WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 Day 5 Recap: Competition down to last 32; Only 5 Filipinos left

28 06 2012

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Doha, Qatar – The Philippine campaign in the 2012 World 9 Ball Championship almost got wiped out at the start of the knockout stages. From 13 participants, the Filipino contingent is down to 5.  Gone are the likes of 2010 champion Django Bustamante, 2006 champ Ronnie Alcano, 2007 runner-up Roberto Gomez, and Carlo Biado. The hopes for a Filipino champion now lies in cue sticks of legendary Bata Reyes, Dennis Orcullo, Lee Van Corteza, Antonio Gabica, and Jundel Mazon.

Unlike the Philippine campaign, the Taipei contingent made a killing in Round 64.  They won 6 of 7 matches including 2 against Filipinos. Two other Filipinos were eliminated by a Chinese player. Other notable losers in the round of 64 were Malta’s Tony Drago, Germany’s Thomas Engert, Britain’s Daryl Peach, and Taipei’s  Chang Yu Lung.  The loser go home with $2,000 each. Top prize of this competition is $40,000.

 

Here are the result of the Day 5 race to 11 pairings:

Ralf Souquet(GER) 11 – 4 Nikolaos Malaj(ALB)
Fu Che Wei(TPE) 11 – 3 Andrea Klasovic(SRB)
Bruno Muratore(ITA) 11 -6 Jayson Shaw(GBR)
Hsu Kai Lun(TPE) 11 – 5 Aki Heiskanen(FIN)
Dennis Orcullo(PHI) 11 – 8 Andrew Kong(HKG)
Nick van den Berg(NED) 11 – 6 Marlon Caneda(PHI)
Han Hao Xiang(CHN) 11 – 8 Israel Rota(PHI)
Jonny Martinez(VEN) 11 – 8 Uraoka Takashi(JPN)
Le He Wen(CHN) 11 – 9 Jason Klatt(CAN)
Mika Immonen(FIN) 11 -10 Tony Drago(MLT)
Yang Ching Shung(TPE) 11 -4 Vincent Faquet(FRA)
Khaled Al Mutairi(KUW) 11 –8 Majide Alazme(KUW)
Antonio Gabica(PHI) 11 – 7 Mario He(AUT)
Lee Van Corteza(PHI) 11 – 4 Serge Das(BEL)
John Morra(CAN) 11 – 7 Elvis Calasang(PHI)
Chang Jun Lin(TPE) 11 – 2 Joven Alba(PHI)
Omar Al Shaheen(KUW) 11 – 10 Chang Yu Lung(TPE)
Efren Reyes(PHI) 11 – 6  Toh Lian Han(SIN)
Yukio Akagariyama(JPN) 11 – 9 Thomas Engert(GER)
Chao Fong Pang(TPE) 11 – 6 Francisco Bustamante(PHI)
Thorsten Hohmann(GER) 11 – 4 Bader Al Awadi(KUW)
Dominic Jentsch(GER) 11 – 6 Manuel Gama(POR)
Naoyuki Ohi(JPN) 11 – 10 Carlo Biado(PHI)
Karl Boyes(GBR) 11 – 9  Do The Kien
Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 11 – 6 Huidji See(NED)
Lo Li Wen(JPN) 11 – 9 Daryl Peach(GBR)
Jundel Mazon(PHI) 11 – 9 Ronnie Alcano(PHI)
Konstantin Stepanov(RUS) 11 – 5 Ryouji Hori(JPN)
Darren Appleton(GBR) 11 – 5 Mateusz Sniegocki(POL)
Matthew Edwards(NZL) 11 – 7 Toru Kuribayashi(JPN)
Liu Haitao(CHN) 11 – 4 Roberto Gomez(PHI)
Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE) 11 – 5 Ryu Seung Woo(KOR)

 

 





World 9-Ball Championship 2012 Day 4: Round of 64 cast complete; 13 PHL cue masters qualify

27 06 2012
Mika Immonen

Mika Immonen into the next round (Photo credit: Fledrgos)

Al Sadd Sports ClubDoha, Qatar – Day 4 was all about win or go home. Thirty-two players were sent packing home yesterday as players completed the final elimination matches to determine this year’s Top 64. Among those who are out of competition are veterans Ramil Gallego of the Philippines, Chris Melling of Great Britain, American Shane Van Boening, Chinese Fu Jianbo, Dutch Niels Feijen, Germany‘s Oliver Ortmann, and European number one Dimitri Jungo of Switzerland.

There is no American who qualified to the knockout stages. The Top 64 will feature 13 Filipinos, 7 Taiwanese, 6 Japanese, and surprisingly 4 Kuwaitis.  The 4 nationalities almost comprised half the remaining field. The 13 Filipinos are led by 3 ex-World 9 champs; Bata Reyes (1999), Django Bustamante (2010), and Ronnie Alcano (2006). Here is a recap of yesterday’s matches:

Day 4 Results
Final Elimination matches. Winners advance to Round of 64 while losers are eliminated.

Group 1
Al Awadi Bader(KUW) 9 – 2 Mohamad Ali Berjaoui(LIB)
Huidji See(NED) 9 – 8 Vincente Loyme(PHI)

Group 2
Mika Immonen(FIN) 9 – 8 Ali Pordel(IRI)
Hsu Kai Lun(TPE) 9 – 7 Ramil Gallego(PHI)

Group 3
Nikolaos Malaj(ALB) 9 – 6 Chris Melling(GBR)
Jundel Mazon(PHI) 9 – Shane Van Boening(USA)

Group 4
Chao Fong Pang(TPE) 9 – 4 Majid Waleed(UAE)
Le He Wen(CHN) 9 – 1 Roman Hybler(CZE)

Group 5
Do The Kein(VIE) 9 – 5 Fu Jianbo(CHN)
Takashi Uraoka(JPN) 9 – 7 Karlo Dalmatin(CRO)

Group 6
Naoyuki Ohi(JPN) 9 – 8 Niels Feijen(NED)
Al Mutairi, Khaled GH(KUW) 9 – 8 Dimitri Jungo(SUI)

Group 7
Yang Ching Shun(TPE) 9 – 4 Jalal Yousef(VEN)
Ryu Seung Woo(KOR) 9 – 5 Albin Ouschan(AUT)

Group 8
Omar AlShaheen(KUW) 9 – 7 Lee Chen Man(HKG)
Serge Das (BEL) 9 – 6 Hayato Hijikata(JPN)

Group 9
Lo Li Wen(JPN) 9 – 2 Bozidar Primic(CRO)
Mateusz Sniegocki(POL)  Abdulla Al Yousef(KUW)

Group 10
Yukio Akagariyama(JPN) 9 – 7 Takhti Zarekani(IRI)
Dominic Jentsch(GER) 9 – 5 Mohammed Saed Saed(QAT)

Group 11
Bruno Muratore(ITA) 9 – 5 Abdul Majed BAshar Hussain(QAT)
Elvis Calasang(PHI) 9 – 7 Al Amar Abdul Rahman(KSA)

Group 12
Mario He(AUT) 9 –  Ali Alobaidy(QAT)
Liu Haitao(CHN) 9 – Imran Majid(GBR)

Group 13
Andrea Klasovic(SRB) 9 – 3 Hunter Lombardo(USA)
Toh Lian Han(SIN) 9 – 8 Denis Grabe(EST)

Group 14
Toru Kuribayashi(JPN) 9 – 4 Francisco Diaz Pizarro(ESP)
Marlon Caneda(PHI) 9 – 3 Ceri Worts(NZL)

Group 15
Ryouji Hori(JPN) 9 – 4 Oliver Ortmann(GER)
Dennis Orcullo(PHI) 9 – 2 Raymund Faraon(PHI)

Group 16
Joven Alba(PHI) 9 – 5 Afou Nayf Abdel(JOR)
Israel Rota(PHI) 9 – 7 David Anderson(RSA)

 





2011 PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool: Round of 32 Results 9/6/11; Reyes and Bustamante win!

6 09 2011
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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. Read the rest of this entry »





Guinness World Series of Pool 10-Ball Challenge: 4 Pinoys in the Top 16

17 07 2011
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Jakarta, Indonesia – The knockout stages has started in the 2011 Guinness Word Series of Pool 10 Ball Challenge and 4 Filipino cue artists won their round of 32 match. The Philippine campaign was led by World No. 1 Dennis Orcollo.  Orcollo ousted ex-World 10 Ball Champion Mika Immonen of Finland. The match ended 8-5 in favor of Orcollo who trailed 0-2 at the start of the match.  The victory will pit him with recent World 9-Ball Champ Yukio Akagariyama of Japan who also happens to be the World No.2 ranked pool player.

Roberto Gomez, defending champ Jundel Mazon, and Jeck Limen beat players from the host country to book places in the top 16.  Cebuano Warren Kiamco was not as fortunate as he lost Shane Van Boening of the US 8-4.





2011 World 9 Ball Champion is YUKIO AKAGARIYAMA!!!

2 07 2011

Congratulations to Yukio Akagariyama the 2011 World 9 Ball Champion!!!

The 36 year old Japanese cue master captured his first major billiards championship by defeating ex-double world champion Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines. The match ended 13-11 in his favor.  He hurdled a very skillful opponent as well as a pro-Filipino crown to win the Championship and its $36,000 prize.

caloycomment: Even if a Filipino did not win the championship, the 2011 World 9 Ball Championship was dominated by Filipinos from Day 1. Just imagine that 1 of every 4 who qualified in the K.O. stages were Filipinos. There was a Filipino vs. Filipino in every round. Billiards has been a source of pride to us but the country is not prioritizing this game. Our champions did not receive any formal training to become world beaters.  They did it on their own.  A lot of the top coaches in the middle east were just pool sharks back in our country.  Billiards will always have a hard time competing with the Gilas, now the Azkals.  I wonder if it’s possible that our collegiate leagues like UAAP, NCAA , and CESAFI would include billiards in their calendars. 😉





2011 World 9-Ball Championships: It’s Alcano vs. Akagariyama for the Crown!

2 07 2011

Doha, Qatar – The 2011 World 9 Ball Championships is down to 2 players.  2006 World Champ Ronnie Alcano faces Japan’s Yukio Akagariyama for the championship after both hurdled tough opponents. A capacity crowd witnessed the 11-9 victory of Alcano over World No.1 Dennis Orcullo, and the 11-10 win by Akagariyama over Britain’s Mark Gray.

The 2 winners will now play a race to 13 championship match with the winner getting $36,000 while the loser will settle for $18,000.  For live coverage check out : www.wpa-pool.com