Saturday, October 23, 2010

Taking a break

I'm taking a break from posting.

Billiard Pulse is a labour of love but I just can't find the time right now.

I hope to be back at a later date.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

It's China again in the 2010 World Cup of Pool

World Cup of Pool 2010The Chinese team of Fu Jianbo and Li Hewen won the 2010 World Cup of Pool.

In the final they defeated Philippines B (Dennis Orcollo, Roberto Gamez) 10-5 to claim the $60,000 first prize. The runner-ups earnt $30,000 for their efforts.

Holders Philippines A (Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante) were beaten 8-6 by Indonesia in the second round.

Jianbo and Hewen also won the trophy in 2007.

The event took place from 7-12 September at Robinsons Place in Manila, Philippines. 32 teams took part.

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Carter takes title No.2 in 2010 Shanghai Masters

Shanghai Masters 2010Allister Carter from England won the 2010 Roewe Shanghai Masters.

In the final he beat surprise package Jamie Burnett (Scotland) 10-7.

Jamie Cope and Mark Selby (both from England) lost out in the semifinals.

Carter received £60,000 for the victory and Burnett got £30,000 for his runner-up spot.

Stuart Bingham (England) had the highest break of the tournament with a 142. That earnt him £2,000.

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) withdrew from the event due to personal issues.

This was the second ranking title for Carter. H also won the 2009 Welsh Open. It was Burnett's first final.

Carter improves to second place in the world rankings. Burnett leaps to 29th place. The currently suspended John Higgins (Scotland) stays on top, and current world champion Neil Robertson (Australia) sits in third.

The rankings are now updated after every tournament. The seedings list is updated every few events.

The tournament took place at the Shanghai Grand Stage, Shanghai, China 6-12 September, 2010. It was the first ranking tournament of seven on the 2010/2011 Main Tour. Next up on the snooker calendar is the World Open which starts 18th September 2010.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Xiaofang Fu wins gold in the 2010 World Women's 9-ball Championship

2010 Women's World 9-Ball ChampionshipXiaofang Fu from China won the 2010 Women's World 9-Ball Championship.

In the final she defeated four-time champion Allison Fisher (England 9-7).

Fu beat 17-year-old defending champion Liu Shusha in the semifinals and Fisher ousted Shu-Han Chang from Taiwan at the same stage.

This was the seventh world title in a row for Asian players. The last non-Asian to win was Allison Fisher in 2001.

The tournament ran from 23-29 August, 2010, in Shenyang, China.

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van den Berg tastes sweet revenge in the 2010 Finland Open

2010 Finland OpenNick van den Berg (Netherlands) won the inaugural 2010 Finland Open.

van den Berg hammered current 8-ball world champion Karl Boyes (England) 8-1. The victory was worth 5000 € for the Dutchman and Boyes got 3300 € for second place.

The final was a repeat of last month's Austria Open final. That time Boyes came out on top.

In the semifinals of this 10-ball event van den Berg edged Mark Gray (England) 8-7 while Boyes defeated Mario He (Austria) 9-3.

This was van den Berg's fifth win on the Euro Tour. The victory takes him to fifth place on the all-time list.

Boyes is currently on an impressive hot streak. In addition to winning the 2010 8-ball world championship he has finished 2, 1, 2 in the last three Euro Tour events.

The win lifts van den Berg from seventh to third in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Boyes stays in first. Daryl Peach (England) holds on to his No.2 position.

The tournament was played 26-28 August 2010 at the Entertainment & Leisure Centre Flamingo 8, Vantaa, Finland. It was the fifth event of seven on the 2010 Euro Tour. Next up is the Portugal Open which runs from 28-30 October 2010.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

It's déjà vu all over again for Kim in the 2010 US Open

Ga-young Kim from South Korea edged Karen Corr (Ireland) to win the 2010 US Open.

Kim and Corr were tied 6-6 in the best-of-13 final before the Korean broke and ran the deciding rack.

This was a repeat of last year's final. On that occasion Kim beat Corr 7-5.

Vivian Villareal (USA) and Julie Kelly (Ireland) finished joint third.

This was Kim's second US Open title in a row, her third US Open crown in total and her sixth victory on the WPBA Tour. Her titles have com in the 2004 US Open, the 2005 Cuetec Cues National Championship, the 2007 Carolina Classic, the 2009 US Open and the 2009 Colorado Classic. In addition she won the world title in 2005 and 2006.

The event took place from 28 July to 1 August 2010 at the Riverwind Casino, Norman, Oklahoma, USA. It was the last of two events on the 2010 Classic Tour.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Caudron gets win No. 9 in 2010 Porto World Cup

Frédéric Caudron from Belgium won the 2010 World Cup event in Porto, Portugal.

Caudron defeated Martin Horn (Germany) 3-0 in the final. The match was a lot closer than the score suggests though, as the game scores were 15-14, 15-14 and 15-9.

He received €5,500 for the victory and Horn got €3,500 for second place.

Jeremy Bury from France and Dick Jaspers from Netherlands lost out in the semifinals. Defending champion Eddy Merckx from Belgium went out in the last 16.

This was Caudron's first win of the season and ninth World Cup title in total.

Merckx had the highest general average among the 137 competitors with 1.744. Tayfun Tasdemir (Turkey) had the highest single match average in the final stage with 2.380. Along with Alfonso Legazpi (Span) and Jae Guen Kim (South Korea) he also had the highest run of 13.

Caudron improves to second in the 2010 World Cup Ranking with his win. Horn advances to fourth. Jaspers stays on top. Kyung-Roul Kim (South Korea) drops from second to third.

The win moves Caudron from third to first in the World Players Ranking. Horn improves one place to sixth. Jaspers drops to second and Merckx is down to third.

The event took place 12-18 July 2010 at Centro de Congresses Matosinhos, Porto, Portugal. It was the third of four events on the 2010 World Cup. The next event is in Hurghada, Egypt, 5-11 December 2010.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Boyes continues hot run to take 2010 Austria Open

2010 Austria OpenEngland's Karl Boyes won the 2010 Austria Open.

In the final the current 8-ball world champion and German Open runner-up defeated Nick van den Berg (Netherlands) 9-6. The victory was worth €5000 and van den Berg got €3300 for second place.

In the semifinals of this 9-ball event Boyes ousted fellow Englishman Chris Melling 9-7 while van den Berg defeated Harald Stolka (Germany) 9-3.

This was Boyes' first Euro Tour win. His previously best was runner-up positions in the 2009 Costa del Sol Open and 2010 German Open. Nick van den Berg is a four-time champion.

Defending champion Marcus Chamat (Sweden) was downed 9-7 by Wojciech Trajdos (Poland) in the last 32.

The win lifts Boyes from fifth to first in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist van den Berg improves from 15th to seventh. Former No.1 Daryl Peach (England) drops to second and Niels Feijen (Netherlands) falls one place to third.

The tournament was played 8-10 July 2010 at the Sporthotel Alpina, Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria. It was the fourth event of seven on the 2010 Euro Tour. Next up is the Finland Open which runs from 25-29 August 2010.

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