Saturday, April 26, 2008

Souquet wins World 8-ball Championship

World 8-ball Pool ChampionshipRalf Souquet from Germany won the World 8-ball Pool Championship in Fujairah.

In the final he defeated defending champion Ronato Alcano from Philippines 13-9 to claim the $60,000 winner's cheque. Alcano's runner-up place earned him $20,000.

Souquet played close to perfect against Alcano. He didn't miss a pot in the entire match. Apart from four dry breaks he ran out every time he came to the table.

Souquet beat Marcus Chamat (Sweden) 10-8 in the semi-finals and Alcano edged fellow Filipino and last year's runner-up Dennis Orcollo 10-9.

The final was a repeat of the 2006 World 9-Ball final. On that occasion Alcano came out on top.

Souquet continued the trend of 9-ball world champions succeeding in 8-ball. All the four 8-ball world champions have previously won the world 9-ball title. Souquet won the 9-ball crown in 1996. The others to complete the double are Alcano, Efren Reyes (Philippines) and Chia-Ching Wu (Taiwan).

The tournament was played 18-25 April 2008 at the Expo Center Fujairah, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Allison Fisher wins San Diego Classic

Allison Fisher from England won the WPBA San Diego Classic to kick off the 2008 Classic Tour.

In the final she defeated Gerda Hofstätter (Austria) 7-4. Ga Young Kim (South Korea) and Karen Corr (Ireland) finished joint third.

Three-time defending champion Kelly Fisher (England) lost 9-6 to Hofstätter in the quarter-finals.

This was Fisher's 52nd title on the Classic Tour.

In this year's rankings all players start off with zero points. Therefore Fisher is the first leader in the rankings. She ended up on top of the list last season.

The event took place from 9-13 April at the Viejas Casino, Alpine, California. It was the first of ten events on the 2008 Classic Tour. Next up is the Great Lakes Classic, at the Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, Indiana, 25-29 June 2008.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Darren Appleton captures Italy Open

Darren Appleton continued England's recent dominance on the Euro Tour by winning the Dynamic Italy Open.

In the final the former UK eightball player defeated home favourite Bruno Muratore 9-2 to win €6000. Muratore took home €3800 as runner-up.

In the semi-finals Appleton defeated countryman Mark Gray 9-6 and Muratore defeated Austria's Martin Kempter 9-2.

This was Appleton's first final appearance on the Euro Tour. He must enjoy this place as his previous best finish, tied third, was in last year's edition of the event.

Defending champion Christian Reimering (Germany) lost 9-8 to Muratore in the round of 32.

The win takes Appleton from 30th to 17th in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Muratore stays in third. Mark Gray (England) holds on to the top position. Tony Drago (Malta) improves from fifth to second.

The tournament was played 10-12 April at the Holiday Inn Resort, Castel Voturno, Italy. It was the second event of seven on the 2008 Euro Tour. The next stop is the Dynamic German Open which runs from 22-24 May, 2008.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Yuan-Chun Lin wins Women's World 9-ball Championship

Yuan-Chun Lin from Taiwan won the Women's World 9-Ball Championship.

In the final she defeated two-time winner Ga Young Kim (South Korea) 11-7 to grab the $20,000 first prize. Kim got $10,000 as runner-up.

Lin defeated England's three-time world champion Allison Fisher 9-8 in the semi-finals, after Fisher missed the nine leading 8-7. Kim beat Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) 9-6 from 6-3 down.

Last year's champion Xiaoting Pang (China) was denied her chance to defend the title after not getting her visa on time.

Lin's greatest result before this win was first place in the 2006 Asian Games.

The tournament ran from April 3-6, 2008, at the Cuemaster Pool Club, in Taipei City, Taiwan.

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It's Chang again in Penang's Asian Tour event

Taiwan's Jung-Lin Chang won his third title in a row by taking the Penang leg of the Guinness Asian 9-ball Tour.

In the final he beat compatriot Hung-Hsiang Wang 11-7.

The event was totally dominated by the Asian island nation. In the semifinals Chang defeated former world champion Chia-Ching Wu and Wang beat Chin-Shun Yang.

Chang received $15,000 for the win. Wang got $6,000 for second place.

The talented Chang is on a terrific run. He has now won three Tour events in a row and five of the last eight, including last year's Malaysia event.

He of course heads the ranking list. Joven Bustamente (Philippines) and Yang shares second place. Wu and Wang lies in joint fourth.

The competition was held April 4-6 at the G Hotel, Penang, Malaysia. The tour stays in Malaysia. Next stop is in Genting on 30 May - June 1. There are a total of six events in the Tour. The last is the Grand Final in Jakarta which is comprised of the top 10 in the overall Order of Merit.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Maguire makes maximum on the way to China Open title

China Open 2008Scotland's Stephen Maguire won the Honghe Industrial China Open.

In the final he was leading Shaun Murphy (England) 9-7 before the Englishman won two straight to force a decider. Maguire then went on to win a very tight final frame on the blue.

For the fifth straight ranking tournament 2006 world champion Murphy reached the semi-finals. The previous four times he didn't reach the final though.

Maguire made a maximum break in his semi-final match before edging Ryan Day (Wales) 6-5. Murphy beat man-in-form Mark Selby (England) 6-3.

This was Maguire's second competitive max. He also made one in the 2000 Regal Scottish Open.

Defending champion Graeme Dott (Scotland) was beaten 5-1 by England's Barry Pinches in the first round. He's having a horrid run. It was his 13th straight loss after reaching the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters in August last year.

Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) is in danger of being disciplined by World Snooker after uttering some very unfitting remarks during a press conference.

This was Maguire's fourth ranking title, and second of the season, having also captured the Northern Ireland Trophy in November.

Maguire received £48,000 for the victory. In addition he got £20,000 for the maximum. Murphy won £22,500 as runner-up.

Although he doesn't advance from his third place spot in the provisional rankings he moves alot closer to the leaders. The top two swap places. Murphy is the new leader, while O'Sullivan drops to second.

The event took place at the Beijing Students University Stadium, Beijing, China, Mar 24-30 2008. It was the sixth ranking tournament of seven on the 2007/2008 Main Tour. Last up on the snooker calendar is the World Championship which starts 19 April 2008.

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