Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Immonen wins Qatar Open

2009 Qatar International Open 9-Ball ChampionshipFinland's "Iceman" Mika Immonen won the 2009 Qatar International Open 9-Ball Championship.

In the final Immonen defeated Taiwan's current junior world champion Pin-Yi Ko 13-9. The victory was worth €40,000 with Ko getting €20,000 for second place.

Immonen trounced Antonio Gabica (Philippines) 11-3 in the semi finals. Ko beat England's reigning world 10-ball champion Darren Appleton 11-8.

The Qatar Open is part of the WPA World Tour:
  • Philippine Open (Niels Feijen)
  • China Open (Thorsten Hohmann)
  • Qatar Open (Mika immonen)
  • Patricks Austria Open
  • 10-ball World Championship
  • US Open
  • 9-ball World Championship
The victory will improve Immonen's current fifth place in the World Tour rankings. Appleton will be the new No.1.

The tournament was played 27 June - 6 July 2009 at the Grand Regency Hotel, Doha, Qatar. It was the third event of seven on the 2009 World Tour. Next up is the Patricks Austria Open on (Euro Tour), which runs from 17-19 September 2009.

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