Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Chang on top in Jakarta leg of Asian Tour

Taiwan's Jung-lin Chang won the opening leg of the Guinness Asian 9-ball Tour.

In the final he beat Filipino Lee Vann Corteza 11-5 to claim the trophy and $15,000.

Defending champion Efren Reyes (Philippines) and several other stars are boycotting the Tour because San Miguel was dropped as tour sponsor.

The competition was held April 20-22 at the Sultan Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. Next stop is Kaohsiung, Taiwan on May 18-20. There are a total of six events in the Tour. The top 10 finishers in the Order of Merit will earn spots in the 2007 World Pool Championship.

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Kelly Fisher three-peats in San Diego Classic

Kelly Fisher is the pool queen of San Diego. For the third consecutive year she came out on top in the San Diego Classic.

Fisher from England blanked Austria's Jasmin Ouschan 7-0 in the final. Xiaoting Pan (China) and Julie Kelly (Ireland) finished joint third.

Fisher said she hoped all events would be played in this arena. All her three WPBA titles have come here.

For the second tournament in a row neither of the two dominant players on tour made it to the semi-finals. Will this be the end of the dominance by Allison Fisher (England) and Karen Corr (Northern Ireland)?

Even though she won Fisher did not advance from her third place position in the WPBA Rankings. She moved closer to the leaders though. Now she's 5,750 points behind Allison and just 1,200 points behind Corr. Ouschan enters the list at No. 40.

The event took place from March 18-22 at the Viejas Casino, Alpine, California, USA. This was the third event of the WPBA season. Next up is the 9 Ball Championship, May 13-19.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Christian Reimering victorious in Italian Open

Christian Reimering from Germany won the Italian Open.

In the final he defeated Russia's Konstantin Stepanov 10-6 and won €5000. Stepanov took home €3300 for the runner-up position.

In the semi-finals Reimering beat Marco Tschudi from Switzerland and Stepanov defeated England's Darren Appleton .

This was Reimering's second win on the Euro Tour. He also won the 2005 Costa del Sol Open in Malaga, Spain.

Stepanov is in terrific form this year. He was second in the Czech Open and also won a silver and a bronze medal in the recent European Championships.

Defending champion Imram Majid (England) ended up in 33rd position.

With this victory Reimering jumps from 22th to sixth in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Stepanov moves from 10th to fifth.

Oliver Ortmann (Germany) leaps past Niels Feijen (Netherlands) to become the new ranking leader. Fabio Petroni (Italy) moves from fourth to third and Thomas Engert (Germany) drops from second to fourth.

The tournament was played 11-14 April at Castel Volturno, Napels, Italy. It was the second Euro Tour event of the season. Next stop is the German Open (May 2-6).

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Blomdahl wins Manisa World Cup event for third title in a row

Sweden's Torbjörn Blomdahl from Sweden captured his third title in a row by winning the three cushion World Cup event in Manisa, Turkey.

In the final he defeated Spain's Daniel Sanchez, 3-2. The deciding set was won 15-11 by the Swede.

Dick Jaspers from Netherlands and Turkey's Semih Sayginer shared third spot.

Jaspers had the highest average in the tournament, with 1.966. He also had the highest run of 15. Blomdahl had the highest single match average, with 2.812. He managed this impressive number in his quarter-final clash with Jean Paul de Bruijn.

The win means Blomdahl stays atop the World Cup Ranking.

It will also take him to No.1 in the World Players Ranking.

The event took place April 2-8 2007, at the Manisa Anemon Hotel, Manisa, Turkey. This was the second leg of the World Cup. The next event is in Corfu, Greece, June 12-17.

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Xiaoting Pan wins Women's World 9-Ball Championship

China's Xiaoting Pan won the Women's World 9-Ball Championship.

In the final she defeated Rubilen Amit (Philippines) 11-5 to grab the $20,000 first prize. Amit's runner-up place earned her $10,000. Pan overcame Janice Pei-Chen Tsai from Taiwan 9-4 in the semi-finals. Amit won 9-6 over Japan's Yukiko Hamanishi.

Defending champion Ga-Young Kim (South Korea) was ousted by Amit in the quarter-finals.

The event was once again dominated by the Asians. A number of the European big guns failed to shine. Allison Fisher (England) went out in the group stages. Austrian sensation Jasmin Ouschan lost in the Last 16.

This is turning out to be a great year for Pan. She recently won the Great Lakes Classic on the WPBA Tour.

The tournament ran from April 5-8, 2007, in Tao-Yuan, Taiwan.

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Reanne Evans defends World Snooker Championship

Reanne Evans from England successfully defended the World Ladies Snooker Championship.

In the final she beat compatriot Katie Henrick 5-3 to earn £800.

Evans recorded an 87 break in the final. This was the highest break of the tournament.

It was the third world title in a row for Evans. In 2005 she defeated Lynette Horsburgh (Scotland) 6-1 and last year she beat Emma Bonney (England) 5-3.

Eva Palmius beat Jenny Poulter 3-1 in the seniors final. There was no juniors event this year.

Pam Woods and Chris Sharpe beat Joanne Davies and Tina Owen-Sevilton 3-1 in the ladies doubles. Joe Perry and Leah Willett beat Gary Wilson and Pam Wood 3-1 in the mixed doubles final.

Chitra Majamairaj beat Emma Bonney 187-148 in the billiards final.

This championship is organized by the World Ladies Snooker & Billiards Association. It must not be confused with the IBSF World Championship.

The tournament was played at the Cambridge Snooker Centre, England, 31st March to 5th April, 2007.

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Orie Hida wins Ladies World Three Cushion Championship

NB! This is the article for the 2007 World Championship. You can also read about the 2008 event.

Orie Hida from Japan won the Ladies World Three Cushion Championship.

In the final against Therese Klompenhouwer from Netherlands she won 3-0, with the set scores 12-0, 12-3 and 12-7. Ayako Maehara (Japan) and Gülsen Degener from Turkey captured the bronze medals.

Hida's average of 1.161 in the final was the highest single match average in the tournament. Maehara had the highest over-all average, with 0.878. Maehara (twice) and Klompenhouwer had the highest runs in the event with 9.

This was the second instalment of the championship. Hida also won the first one, in Sevilla, Spain, 2004.

The championship was held at La Plaza, Hoensbroek, Netherlands between 20th and 23rd December, 2006.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Graeme Dott claims China Open trophy

WSA: China OpenScotland's reigning world champion Graeme Dott won the Honghe Industrial China Open.

Dott was in devastating form all week. In the final he defeated Jamie Cope (England) 9-5.

This was Dott's second major title. He also won the 2006 World Championship.

The win took the Scot to the top of the provisional rankings. He is followed by Ken Doherty (Ireland) and John Higgins (Scotland). Cope's second runner-up finish of the season takes him from 19th to 16th.

The event took place in the Student Gymnasium, Beijing, China Mar 25 - Apr 1, 2007. It was the fifth tournament on the 2006/2007 Main Tour. Next up is the 888.Com World Championship 21st April.

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