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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Thompson wins gold No. 10 in the 2010 World Eightball Pool Championships

2010 World Eightball Pool ChampionshipsSue Thompson (Scotland) and Mick Hill (England) won gold in the 2010 World Eightball Pool Championships.

In a repeat of last year's women's final Thompson defeated Emma Cunningham (Northern Ireland) 8-4.

Thompson has reached the final in 15 of her 16 attempts with this being her tenth win. These two have now contested six of the last seven finals, with Cunningham tasting victory in 2005.

Mick Hill beat fellow Englishman Gareth Potts 11-8 in the men's final.

This was Hill's second title. He also won in 2004. Potts has three wins, in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Defending champion Phil Harrison (England) went down 10-8 to Hill in the semifinals.

Frank Costello (England) won the junior singles and Gary Swift (England) took gold in the wheelchair division. There were also a number of other events, including teams, Under 21s and Over 50s.

The tournament took place at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool, England, 27 June - 8 July 2010.

Please note that this is the English version of the game. Wikipedia explains the differences in detail. Here is an excerpt:
In the version of pool or Eight Ball played in the United Kingdom and Australia, plain unnumbered red balls and yellow balls often replace the solid and striped balls. If not, the terms "bigs" (9-15) and "smalls" (1-7) are generally used instead. The black ball, however, still typically bears a number eight. Another difference is that the UK table has pockets just larger than the balls, whereas the American table has pockets significantly larger.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Bustamante finally gets his title in the 2010 World 9-Ball Championship

Filipino Francisco Bustamante won the 2010 World 9-Ball Championship.

Bustamante grabbed $36,000 for defeating 2005 runner-up Kuo Po-Chen (Taiwan) 13-7 in the final. Gomez got $18,000 for finishing second.

In the semifinals Bustamante overcame countryman Antonio Lining 11-5. Po-Chen edged two-time world champion Johnny Archer (USA) 11-10.

This was the first world 9-ball championship since 2007. Daryl Peach (England) won the trophy at that occasion. This time he was knocked out in the early stages.

Bustamante had lost in two previous world pool finals, the 2002 World 9-ball Championship and the 2008 World Straight Pool Championship. Teamed with Efren Reyes he won the 2009 World Cup of Pool.

Bustamante suffered tragedy during the 2002 event. His daughter died the day before the final, but his wife wanted him to play.

The event was dominated by the Asian contingent. They had six of the eight quarterfinalists.

The tournament ran from 29 June to 5 July at the Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation, Dohar, Qatar.

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