Friday, September 26, 2008

Orcollo grabs China Asian Tour win

Dennis Orcollo from the Philippines won the Guangzhou leg of the Guinness Asian 9-ball Tour.

In the final he edged Hung-Hsiang Wang from Taiwan 11-9 to take the $15,000 first-place cheque. Wang got $6,000 for second place.

That's two finals in a row for the Filipino. He finished second in the previous event. His conqueror in that final, Alex Pagulayan (Philippines), shared third place with Ching-Shun Yan from Taiwan.

With this win Orcollo moves from 10th to sixth in the ranking list. Wang advances to third place. Jung-Lin Chang (Taiwan) is still in the lead, with Yang holding on to the second spot.

The competition was held 19-21 September, 2008 at the Garden Hall in Guangzhou, China. This was the fifth of six events on the 2008 Guinness 9 Ball Tour. The last stop is the Grand Final in Jakarta, Indonesia which is comprised of the top 10 in the overall Order of Merit:
  1. Jung-Lin Chang (Taiwan)
  2. Ching-Shun Yang (Taiwan)
  3. Hung-Hsiang Wang (Taiwan)
  4. Alex Pagulayan (Philippines)
  5. Joven Bustamante (Philippines)
  6. Chia-Ching Wu (Taiwan)
  7. Dennis Orcollo (Philippines)
  8. Seung Woo Ryu (South Korea)
  9. Antonio Gabica (Philippines)
  10. Ibrahim Bin Amir (Malaysia)

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Jasmin Ouschan tops Carolina Classic

2008 WBPA Carolina ClassicUpdate: Jasmin Ouschan rules in the 2009 European Pool Championsips

Jasmin Ouschan from Austria won the WPBA Carolina Classic in dominating fashion.

In the final she outgunned Jeanette Lee (USA) 7-1.

Vivian Villareal (USA) was crushed 7-1 by Ouschan in the semi-finals and Line Kjørsvik (Norway) lost 7-5 to Lee.

This was Ouschan's second win on the Classic Tour. She also won the 2006 9-ball Championships.

Defending champion Ga Young Kim from Korean finished in a tie for ninth.

Ouschan definitely has found some terrific form as of late. It's no more than two weeks since she claimed an amazing bronze in the unisex World Straight Pool Championship.

With this win Ouschan moves from 14th to 9th in the WPBA rankings. Villareal jumps from 9th to 7th. Kelly Fisher (England) stays on top, followed by Karen Corr (Ireland) and Xiaoting Pan (China).

The event took place from 11-14 September 2008 at the American Tobacco Campus, Durham, North Carolina, USA. It was the fifth of seven this season on the Classic Tour. Next up is the Pacific Coast Classic, 1-5 October, in Lincoln City, Oregon.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Souquet strikes again in Netherlands Open

Germany's Ralf Souquet won his 14th Euro Tour title in the Netherlands Open.

In the final the 20-time Euro champ dominated fresh face Mehmet Cankurt (Turkey) 9-5. The victory was worth €5000. Cankurt's second place was worth €3300.

In the semi-finals Souquet defeated the home country's newly-crowned straight pool world champ Niels Feijen 9-6. Cankurt beat Russia's Konstantin Stepanov 9-6.

Souquet and Cankurt each lost exactly one match in the event – to each other. Cankurt beat Souquet 9-6 in the opening rounds. After that loss Souquet didn't look back, with scores of 9-1, 9-1, 9-4, 9-4, 9-6, and finally 9-5 versus Cankurt.

This was Souquet's first win in the Netherlands Open and 14th Euro Tour win overall, from 23 finals. It was his first since Belgium in 2003 though. He now has more wins than anyone on the all-time list. His long-time rival Oliver Ortmann has 13 wins. Ortmann was ousted by Souquet in the round of 32 in this event.

Defending champion, Imrad Majid from England lost 9-2 to Russian youngster Ruslan Chinahov in the round of 16.

The win takes Souquet from 20th to 6th in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Cankurt moves from 48th to 24th. Mark Gray (England) once again holds on to the top position. Bruno Muratore (Italy) improves from third to second and Feijen moves from sixth to third.

The tournament was played 11-13 September at House of Billiards, Weert, Netherlands. It was the fifth event of seven on the 2008 Euro Tour. The next stop is the Dynamic Swiss Open which runs from 16-18 October, 2008.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Orie Hida wins Ladies World Three Cushion Championship - again

Japan's Orie Hida won the Ladies World Three Cushion Championship for the third time of a possible three.

In the final against Karina Jetten from Netherlands she won 3-0, with the set scores 12-8, 12-8 and 12-2. Su Ah Park (South Korea) and Gülsen Degener from Turkey captured the bronze medals.

Orie had the highest over-all average, with 0.947. She and Gerrie Geelen (Netherlands) had the highest runs in the event with 7.

This was the third instalment of the championship. Hida also won the first two, in 2004 and 2006.

The championship was held in Sivas, Turkey between 5th and 7th September, 2008.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Second win in a row for Jaspers in Mexico World Cup

Dick Jaspers from Netherlands took his second consecutive three cushion title by capturing the World Cup event in Mexico.

The final was a repeat of the recent Portugal event with Jaspers again downing Daniel Sanchez (Spain) in four sets (3-1). This time the frame scores were 7-15, 15-4, 15-8 and 15-14. Tying for third were Marco Zanetti (Italy) and defending champion Frédéric Caudron from Belgium.

Martin Horn (Germany) had the highest general average of 2.000 while Zanetti had the highest single match average of 3.000. The two players also tied for highest run with 14.

This was Jaspers' 16th World Cup win and second in a row.

The win takes Jaspers from second to first in the World Cup Ranking. Sanchez advanced from fifth to third. Caudron drops to second place.

Jaspers also moves to the top of the World Players Ranking. Sanchez stays in second place and Torbjörn Blomdahl (Sweden) drops from first to third.

The event took place 25-31 August 2008, in the Centro de Convenciones, Irapuato, Mexico. It was the third of six events in the 2008 World Cup. Next event is in South Korea, 29 September - 4 October.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

It's Ronnie again in the Northern Ireland Trophy

Northern Ireland Trophy 2008England's Ronnie O'Sullivan won the 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy .

It was one-way traffic in the final as he defeated fellow Englishman Dave Harold 9-3.

Allister Carter (England) and Scotland's John Higgins lost out in the semi-finals.

Defending champion Stephen Maguire (Scotland) was beaten 5-2 by Harold in the quarter-final.

O'Sullivan received £30,000 for the victory. It was his 21st ranking win and 40th major title. It was also his second consecutive victory after having captured the World Championship in May.

Harold won £15,000 as runner-up. He was looking for his second ranking win. His sole success came in the 1993 Asian Open. Stephen Lee (England) won the £2,000 high break prize for a career-best 145.

The win keeps O'Sullivan firmly in place on top of the provisional rankings. Maguire stays in second and Shaun Murphy (England) hangs on to third. Harold moves from 23rd to 14th.

The event took place at the Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 24-31, 2008. It was the first ranking tournament of eight on the 2008/2009 Main Tour. Next up on the snooker calendar is the Shanghai Masters which starts 29th September.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Feijen dominates World Straight Pool Championship

2008 World Straight Pool ChampionshipNiels Feijen from Netherlands won the 2008 World Straight Pool Championship.

In a one-sided final he beat Francisco Bustamante (Philippines) 200-11. The losing semifinalists were Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) and Nick van den Berg (Netherlands).

Feijen went undefeated in the event, with 13 straight wins. It was his and Netherlands' first world title. Previously he has won four European titles - all in Straight Pool.

The Dutchman took home $14,000 for the win. Bustamante got $6,000 for his second place finish.

Thorsten Hohmann (Germany) won the High Run Award and $1000 with his 150 clearance against countryman Ralf Souquet.

Defending champion Oliver Ortmann (Germany) lost 200-133 to Ouschan in the quarter-finals.

Ouschan once again proved her own among the game's elite. Following her fifth place in 2006 and ninth place last year she now won her first medal in an open world championship. It's also the first medal won by any woman in a world pool championship. Apart from Ortmann she also defeated world-class players like Mika Immonen (Finland) and Radoslaw Babica (Poland).

The event was held August 25-30 at the Hilton Hotel in East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

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