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Players turn up the heat as action at the UK Open hots up on Day Two Sanderson loses to Peach then advances through four consecutive one-loss-side matches to reach last 32
Day two of the 2017 UK Open saw play down to the last 16 in the Main Event and Challenge Event participants seeing their first taste of action in the two tier Challenge tournament. Amongst those expected to progress to latter stages of any competition, a host of resident GB9 players steamed through the field to advance beyond the last 32 stage.
One of those players is Elliott Sanderson. After losing out in a hill-hill battle to Daryl Peach on Friday in his first match, he battled his way through four consecutive matches to reach the last 16 stage. His first win was against GB9 newcomer Adnan Akram Bhatti, 10-3, before convincing wins against Martyn Taylor and Phil Wildman, 10-6 and 10-7 respectively. His last 32 match saw him playoff against Jamie Brennan for a place in Sunday’s last 16. Despite a great fight from Jamie, he couldn’t stop the 2017 Paul Medati Trophy runner-up from taking the match 10 racks to 6.
There was a battle of the Spaniards in the winner’s qualification round, with World Pool Masters champion David Alcaide facing World Cup of Pool playing partner Francesco Sanchez Ruiz. After going behind early on in the match, Francesco stepped through the gears to take the match 10 racks to 6. Francesco went on to face Ben George in the Last 32 match and progressed to the last 16 with a 10-5 victory. It was a different story for David though, as after qualifying through the losers qualification round with a 10-1 Victory over Tamás Vágvölgyi, he faced Karl Boyes in the last 32 match, going down 10 racks to 5.
Today’s action saw play down to the Winners Qualification round, with a host of top names making safe passage through the winners bracket. One of those players was David Alcaide, who had arguably the toughest opening round match against former Eurotour champion Wojciech Tradjos. David imposed his authority in the match right from the word go, progressing with safety 10 racks to 2. David followed that up with a win over Jordan Turner to the same score line to progress safely through.
Defending UK Open Champion, Niels Feijen, began the defence of his title by carefully progressing through to the qualification round. With Mosconi Cup ranking points on offer at this event, Niels will be looking to go deep and started his warfare with a comfortable 10-4 victory over Craig Seeney. Daniel Wells was next in Niels’ path and with a similar performance progressed with a 10-5 score line.
UK ranked number 1, Craig Osborne, will have to do it the hard way and battle his way through the loser’s bracket after a surprise defeat to Stewart Colclough. An in form Colclough, who has risen through the ranking list and currently sits at number 4, would have seen this as an opportunity to stamp his authority on the tournament, and after a hill-hill victory against Alan Bell in his first round match, shifted up the gears to progress to the qualification match.
Team Europe veteran Ralf Souquet has returned to the UK Open for the second time, after his runners up place in the 2013 Midlands Classic. Ralf has signalled his intentions to go all the way in this event, progressing to the qualification match at the expense of just a solitary rack. First up was Wales’ John Davies, returning to the tour after standing down at the end of last season. John’s return wasn’t to be a happy one as he was on the wrong end of a bagel by Europe’s most decorated Mosconi Cup representative. Steve Chick was to feel the wrath of Ralf in the next match, only managing a single rack as Ralf progressed 10 racks to 1.
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Pagulayan beats Van Boening for US Open 8-Ball title Report by Mary Coffman - CueSports International
Alex Pagulayan proved the Lion still roars within him as he came from behind to steal the US Open 8-Ball Championship from Shane Van Boening, who had hoped for a second consecutive title and to earn back-to-back wins of both the US Open 8-Ball and US Open 10-Ball Championships.
Pagulayan’s path to the finals included wins over: Danny Stone, Australia, 8-6; Skyler Woodward, Kentucky, 8-2; and Denis Grabe, Estonia, 8-3; before losing to Dennis Orcollo, Philippines, 7-8. In the loser’s bracket, Pagulayan bested Thorsten Hohmann, Germany, 8-7 and Lee Vann Corteza, Philippines and then gained revenge on Orcollo in the semi-finals, beating him 8-6.
Van Boening’s path to the hot seat included wins over Sina Valizadeh, 8-2; Manny Perez, 8-5; Josh Roberts, 8-3; Lee Vann Corteza, 8-6; and Dennis Orcollo, whom he beat 8-4 to gain the hot seat, to meet Pagulayan in the finals.
For the duration of one whole month, the Golden Tulip Hotel Jagershorst, Leende, The Netherlands, will be the home of high class pool billiard action. In the beginning, the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Youth will be played, starting on Monday, July 31st and being scheduled to finish on August 7th, 2017. From August 10-12, 2017, The Dynamic Billard Euro-Tour will follow the Youth EC. August 12-13, the Women’s Euro-Tour will be featured. Following these two prize money events, the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies will continue the pool festival in Leende. Finally, the newly formed Under 23 (U23) European Championships will end the pool billiard spectacle in Leende, being staged from August 23-26, 2017.
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The World Games 2017 in Wrocław
The World Games 2017 in Wrocław is an event that means more than 30 sport disciplines such as various water, aerial or team sports. It means a few thousand athletes who will visit Wrocław to compete in new and renovated sport facilities. It means thousands of fans who will follow in their steps. It means a festival of sport, to which all are invited.
It all began on May 21, 2012, when there was initial agreement signed between the City and the International World Games Association in the Canadian city of Quebec. Thanks to that agreement, in 2017 Wrocław will host one of the biggest sporting events in the world – The 10th World Games 2017.
US 10 Ball Open - 17-19 July 2017 US 8 Ball Open - 29-31 July 2017
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Van Boening scores second consecutive US Open 10-Ball Title Report by Mary Coffman - CueSports International
CueSports International, Henderson, NV (July 19, 2017) — Shane Van Boening once again proved to be an indomitable force as he plowed through a tough international field to capture his second consecutive US Open 10-Ball Title.
Van Boening said his hard work in preparing for the tournament, which was a much different format than last year’s. This year, CueSports International, which produces the US Open 10-Ball and US Open 8-Ball Championships, returned the prestigious tournament to 9-foot tables. This year’s field was packed with international stars, including players from Greece, Germany, Qatar, Poland, Austria, Kuwait, and, as always, the Philippines.
“My hard work, my breaks, helped me succeed to win in this very tough field,” Van Boening said.
Van Boening was undefeated going into the finals. He posted wins over: Danny Stone, 9-4; Vinnie Calabrese, 9-4; Ralf Souquet, 9-6; Lee Van Corteza, 9-7; and Warren Kiamco, 9-4. He beat Kiamco 11-5 in the finals.
GB9 is proud to present the 2017 UK Open, from 4-6 August at the Park In by Raddison hotel in Telford. Last chance to get your applications in to play this event, come and play some of the best players in world pool!
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