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WPA World 9 Ball Championship

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Date: Sunday, July 04 2010 @ 22:23:21 UTC
Topic: 9 Ball



WPA World 9 Ball Championship - Doha 2010
Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation
Al Muntazah Street
Doha
Qatar
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29 June - 5 July 2010


Finally, Bustamante wins the World Pool Championship!
All photographs appear courtesy of Farid Abdulwahab - many thanks!

Francisco Bustamante Wins World Crown

Francisco Bustamante has finally put the demons from the past to rest and has won a world championship. He defeated Kuo Po-cheng of Taiwan today 13-7 at the World Pool Championships in Doha, Qatar to finally be known no longer as the finest player not to have won a World Title.

To truly appreciate the significance of this feat you must go back to 2002 when Bustmante also played in the finals of the WPC against Earl Strickland. The evening prior to the final match word came from Manila that Bustamante’s daughter had taken ill and died. Bustamante, crushed, was told that he need not play the final, that all would understand. He considered this, but his wife somehow reached him and convinced him that their child would have wanted him to continue the fight.





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The spectators watching the final of the World Pool Championship in Qatar



Francisco Bustamante stretches to make an awkward long shot.



Kuo Po-Cheng gets some power into his break during the final.



Bustamante in action in the final at the World Pool Championship in Qatar

And he did. In one of the bravest moments that our game has ever witnessed Bustamante took the stage while the crowd around him wept. Word had spread through the morning and the sight of this man continuing the battle after the hand that fate had dealt him was simply stunning.

He lost to Strickland that day, but won the hearts of every pool fan in the world. And since that moment we have been waiting, with him, for this. Today he defeated Antonio Lining 11-5 to re-enter the Final Arena and then put away Kuo Po-cheng, the man who has been in the quarter, semi, or final match of a WPC more times than any other player without a win.

Antonio Lining and Johnny Archer share the third place honors.


Kuo Po-Cheng receives his trophy from WPA President Ian Anderson



The finalists celebrate with their enormous pay cheques!




DAY 5 - WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP



Four Men Left With A Shot at Greatness in Doha

We are down to the final four in Doha at the WPA World 9-Ball Championships. The four men left from the filed of 128 who began the week are Johnny Archer of the USA, Kuo Po-Cheng of Taipei, and Filipino countrymen Antonio Lining and Francisco Bustamante. As luck would have it Bustamante and Lining will face one another on July 5th and so one of them will be in the finals and one will finish in a tie for third place. Our other semi-final, of course, will find Johnny Archer doing battle with Kuo Po-Cheng.

These four all had tough paths to get to this point. Kuo Po-Cheng lost his very first match of the event (to Thomas Engert 9-5) and then went on a tear through the one-loss side to make it through to the final 64. Once there he knocked out John Morra 11-9, Ibrahim Bin Amir 11-10, Yang Chin Shun 11-9 and former World 9-Ball Champion Ronnie Alcano 11-5.

Johnny Archer may truly lay claim to a tough draw in the round of 64. His first foe was Efren Reyes. This one gave the fans all they could ask for as Archer avoided the Magician’s spell and emerged with an 11-10 win. Then he took out Bruno Muratore (11-7) and Jason Klatt (11-8 ) before gaining his seat in the semi’s by defeating Sandor Tot (11-6).

Francisco Bustamente, the sentimental favorite here, really had to hoe a tough row to get this close to the goal. His very first match was against Fabio Petroni and he took that one 9-7 before dominating the super-tough Tohru Kuribayashi 9-6. Then Bustamante really caught a stride and went past Oliver Ortmann 11-2, Ko Pin Yi 11-8, Marlon Manalo 11-6 and finally Francisco Felicilda 11-5.

Antonio Lining had a tough start as well. He had to get by Corey Deuel and he did so in a close match that wound up 9-7 in his favor. Then he just set his game on cruise control and skated through Khalid Al Kamale 9-5, Lee Poh Soon 11-6, Nguyen Phuc Long 11-6, and Dimitri Jungo 11-8. Making that final step into the fab four was a high jump. Oliver Mendenilla took Lining all the way to double-hill before Lining grabbed the final table to win 11-10.

It can only get more exciting from here. One of these four is only two wins away from a World Championship!



DAY 4 - WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP



World 9-Ball Field Whittled to 32!

Normally the round of 64 is when the cream begins to rise to the top. But there are so many excellent players in Doha this week that some of that cream is being pushed aside and left on the floor. It is a case of immovable objects meeting irresistible forces. Something has to give.

As an example you certainly expect Efren Reyes to be around for the next round. And you expect the same of Johnny Archer. But those two met on the baize today and one of them had to be eliminated. That would be Reyes. Archer won their battle 11-10 and Reyes is left to seek a chessboard or a nice meal to console himself.

Likewise, Charlie Williams fell 11-9 to Scott Higgins and Oliver Ortmann was handled roughly by Francisco Bustamante 11-2. Ko Pin Yi is apparently deciding to live up to his potential as the former junior superstar simply glided past Ernesto Dominguez 11-3. Lee Van Cortezza had the misfortune of running headlong into Tony Drago and Drago wasted no time in sending him home 11-7.

Perhaps the greatest surprise of the day is that the two players considered by most pundits to be the best in the world, Ralf Souquet and Mika Immonen, both got handed their walking papers today. Souquet fought the good fight but still succumbed 11-9 to Vinancio Tanio. Lee Chenman, however, smothered Immonen 11-3 in a match that must have left the iceman in shock and awe.

Dennis Orcullo, who just won the World Pool Masters a few short weeks ago, is licking the wounds that Bruno Muratore inflicted with an 11-7 victory that leaves Muratore now to face Johnny Archer.

The action today reduced the field from 64 men down to 32. At the end of tomorrow there will only the sweet sixteen. And every one of those men will know that a World Title is within grasp. For some the arm will grow clumsy. For others the spirit will rise within and they will leap to the challenge and fight for the honor. There is a champion among the names left aboard the bracket. Pick your favorite and see if the golden ring lands upon his finger.



DAY 3 - WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP



Group Stages Winding Down in Doha

Six of the sixteen groups have now completed play and all of the winners rounds are now complete so we know that the seeded players for the redraw into the final rounds.

This has been a very hard fought tournament to this point and there are notable casualties. In addition to Peach, Majid and Appleton, we can now add the names of Thorsten Hohmann, Karl Boyes, Huidji See, Fabio Petroni, Niels Feijen and Rodney Morris to the list of top players who will not be in the final rounds. They are being eliminated by some new names, so there is a new crop of players making their statements in Doha this week. Morris was beaten by Chan Kang Kwang. Feijen fell to Youseff Jatar and Petroni lost to So Shaw.

There is room for more stars to fall from the sky. There will be a do or die match tomorrow between Yukio Akakariyama and Thomas Engert. Another between Jeong Young Hwa and Chris Melling. Jason Klatt has to face Mark Gray and Radoslaw Babica will be firing at Alain Martel. Corey Deuel is not safe. He faces seasoned player Antonio Gabica. And Ricky Yang has to get past David Alcaide. Only one of each of these pairings can survive, so it will be a day of drama in Doha tomorrow.

Top 32 Seeds Already Determined

1     Chang Jung Lin TPE
2     Ronnie Alcano PHI
3     Masaaki Tanaka JPN
4     Mika Immonen FIN
5     Tony Drago MLT
6     Hayato Hijikato JPN
7     Yang Ching Shun TPE
8     Ko Pin Yi TPE
9     Lu Hui Chan TPE
10     John Morra CAN
11     Stephan Cohen nothing
12     Nitiwat Kanjanasri THA
13     Hanni Al Howri UAE
14     Dennis Orcollo PHI
15     Christian Reimering GER
16     Scott Higgins GBR
17     Raymund Faron PHI (UAE)
18     Konstantin Stepanov RUS
19     Johnny Archer USA
20     Antonio Lining PHI
21     Oliver Medenilla PHI (UAE)
22     Sandor Tot SRB
23     Ibrahim Bin Amir MAS
24     Shane Van Boening USA
25     Francisco Bustamante PHI
26     Alen Cuarcero PHI (KUW)
27     Vinancio Tanio PHI (UAE)
28     Craig Osborne GBR
29     Dimitri Jungo SUI
30     Israel Rota PHI (QAT)
31     Dang Jinhu CHN
32     Francisco Felicilda PHI (KSA)



DAY 2 - WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP



Bad Day for Champs at World 9-Ball

Sometimes being a World Champion puts a big target on your back. Defending Champion Daryl Peach will not repeat his feat as he has gone two and out in Doha and his countryman and former World 10 Ball champion Darren Appleton shared that fate.

Peach lost his matches to Israel Rota of Qatar and Artem Koshovoj of the Ukraine, Appleton lost first to Jason Klatt of Canada and then to Taqi Moustafawi of Algeria. Today was mostly a day for the one-loss side to weed itself, but four men have made it through the winner’s side without a loss and so have graduated from the group stages into the final rounds. They are Shane Van Boening of the USA, Ibrahim Bin Amir of Malaysia, Lui Hui Chan of Taipei and Scott Higgins of Great Britain.

Imran Majid had a bad stay in Doha. Another two and out victim, he lost to two very fine players in the form of Mariusz Skoneczny of Poland and Bruno Muratore of Italy. Most of the other big names are still alive, but there are many more one-loss matches to be played so some of them will no doubt bite the dust and never reach the last stage.

Play resumes on Thursday and we will keep you updated as to the fates of all the players.



DAY 1 - WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP



WPA World 9-Ball Championships Begin Second Stage

The WPA World 9-Ball Championship has now begun the second stage in Doha, Qatar at the headquarters of the Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation (QBSF). The first round of the group stage matches began today. Each contestant is in a group that contains four other players and they will play down inside those groups until there are only two players left on both the winners side and on the one-loss side. Those 64 players will then progress to the championship round of play.

The first day is usually one of surprises ands we had a few today. Already on the one-loss side of the bracket are such champions as Imran Majid, Marlon Manalo, Thorsten Hohmann, Ernesto Dominquez, Fabio Petroni, Kuo Po-Cheng, Oscar Dominquez, Daryl Peach, Jeff De Luna, Efren Reyes and Ralf Souquet. In most tournaments that field would be the cream of the final sixteen!


THE STATS




2010 WPA WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE LAST 64 DRAW
Chang Jung Lin (1)
Taiwan
9 : 11
Philippines
Jeff De Luna
Francisco Felicilda (32)
Philippines
11 : 7
Qatar
Bashar Hussain
Raymund Faron (17)
Philippines
11 : 8
Ukraine
Artem Koshovoj
Scott Higgins (16)
Great Britain
11 : 9
USA
Charlie Williams
Lu Hui Chan (9)
Taiwan
8 : 11
Philippines
Marlon Manalo
Shane Van Boening (24)
USA
11 : 7
Philippines
Joven Alba
Francisco Bustamante (25)
Philippines
11 : 2
Germany
Oliver Ortmann
Ko Pin Yi (8 )
Taiwan
11 : 3
Mexico
Ernesto Dominguez
Tony Drago (5)
Malta
11 : 7
Philippines
Lee Van Corteza
Craig Osborne (28 )
Great Britain
11 : 4
Philippines
Antonio Gabica
Oliver Medenilla (21)
Philippines
11 : 9
Japan
Yukio Akakariyama
Nitiwat Kanjanasri (12)
Thailand
11 : 4
Great Britain
So Shaw
Hanni Al Howri (13)
United Arab Emirates
2 : 11
Vietnam
Nguyen Phuc Long
Antonio Lining (20)
Philippines
11 : 6
Malaysia
Lee Poh Soon
Dimitri Jungo (29)
Switzerland
11 : 9
Venezuela
Joussef Jalar
Mika Immonen (4)
Finland
3 : 11
Hong Kong
Lee Chenman
Masaaki Tanaka (3)
Japan
11 : 8
Canada
Alain Martel
Israel Rota (30)
Philippines
8 : 11
Canada
Jason Klatt
Johnny Archer (19)
USA
11 : 10
Philippines
Efren Reyes
Dennis Orcollo (14)
Philippines
7 : 11
Italy
Bruno Muratore
Stephan Cohen (11)
France
9 : 11
Poland
Mariusz Skoneczny
Sandor Tot (22)
Serbia
11 : 5
Sweden
Marcus Chamat
Vinancio Tanio (27)
Philippines
11 : 9
Germany
Ralf Souquet
Hiyato Hijikata (6)
Japan
11 : 9
China
Liu Haitao
Yang Chin Shun (7)
Taiwan
11 : 7
Spain
David Alcaide
Alen Cuarcero (26)
Philippines
6 : 11
Netherlands
Nick van den Berg
Ibrahim Bin Amir (23)
Malaysia
11 : 9
Singapore
Chan Keng Kwang
John Morra (10)
Canada
9 : 11
Taiwan
Kuo Po-Cheng
Christian Reimering (15)
Germany
11 : 9
Croatia
Carlo Dalmatin
Konstantin Stepanov (18 )
Russia
9 : 11
Japan
Toru Kuribayashi
Dang Jinhu (31)
China
11 : 9
Great Britain
Chris Melling
Ronato Alcano (2)
Philippines
11 : 6
Indonesia
Muhammad Zulfikri


2010 WPA WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE LAST 32
Jeff De Luna
Philippines
10 : 11
Philippines
Francisco Felicilda
Raymund Faron
Philippines
11 : 10
Great Britain
Scott Higgins
Marlon Manalo
Philippines
11 : 7
USA
Shane Van Boening
Francisco Bustamante
Philippines
11 : 8
Taiwan
Ko Pin Yi
Tony Drago
Malta
8 : 11
Great Britain
Craig Osborne
Oliver Medenilla
Philippines
11 : 9
Thailand
Nitiwat Kanjanasri
Nguyen Phuc Long
Vietnam
6 : 11
Philippines
Antonio Lining
Dimitri Jungo
Switzerland
11 : 8
Hong Kong
Lee Chenman
Masaaki Tanaka
Japan
10 : 11
Canada
Jason Klatt
Johnny Archer
USA
11 : 7
Italy
Bruno Muratore
Mariusz Skoneczny
Poland
6 : 11
Serbia
Sandor Tot
Vinancio Tanio
Philippines
5 : 11
Japan
Hayato Hijikata
Yang Chin Shun
Taiwan
11 : 9
Netherlands
Nick van den Berg
Ibrahim Bin Amir
Malaysia
10 : 11
Taiwan
Kuo Po-Cheng
Christian Reimering
Germany
11 : 6
Japan
toru Kuribasyashi
Dang Jinhu
China
7 : 11
Philippines
Ronato Alcano


2010 WPA WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE LAST 16
Francisco Felicilda
Philippines
11 : 8
Philippines
Raymund Faron
Marlon Manalo
Philippines
6 : 11
Philippines
Francisco Bustamante
Craig Osborne
Great Britain
9 : 11
Philippines
Oliver Medenilla
Antonio Lining
Philippines
11 : 8
Switzerland
Dimitri Jungo
Jason Klatt
Canada
8 : 11
USA
Johnny Archer
Sandor Tot
Serbia
11 : 7
Japan
Hayato Hijikata
Yang Chin Shun
Taiwan
9 : 11
Taiwan
Kuo Po-Cheng
Christian Reimering
Germany
6 : 11
Philippines
Ronato Alcano


2010 WPA WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE QUARTER-FINALS
Francisco Felicilda
Philippines
5 : 11
Philippines
Francisco Bustamante
Oliver Medenilla
Philippines
10 : 11
Philippines
Antonio Lining
Johnny Archer
USA
11 : 6
Serbia
Sandor Tot
Kuo Po-Cheng
Taiwan
11 : 5
Philippines
Ronato Alcano


2010 WPA WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE SEMI-FINALS
Francisco Bustamante
Philippines
11 : 5
Philippines
Antonio Lining
Johnny Archer
USA
10 : 11
Taiwan
Kuo Po-Cheng


2010 WPA WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE FINAL
Francisco Bustamante
Philippines
13 : 7
Taiwan
Kuo Po-Cheng




2010 WPA WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE PRIZE FUND
1st
$ 36,000
2nd
$ 18,000
3rd ~ 4th
$ 10,000
5th ~ 8th
$ 6,000
9th ~ 16th
$ 4,000
17th ~ 32nd
$ 2,500
33rd ~ 64th
$ 2,000
65th ~ 96th
$ 500
97th ~ 128th
$ 0
TOTAL PRIZE FUND = US $250,000 (-5% WPA Sanction Fee)









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