Philippines World Pool Championship Whittle to Eight
There are just eight billiards players left in the 2007 Philippines World Pool Championship as day seven completed at the Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Manila.
The Philippines has the most players in the quarter-finals with Roberto ‘Superman’ Gomez, and the two Bustamante’s, Francisco and Joven flying the flag for another repeat home victory following Ronnie Alcano’s success this time last year.
Surprisingly there are two Englishmen in the mix still and more surprisingly both Karl Boyes and Daryl Peach both reside in the Northern seaside town of Blackpool.
Boyes had a great win over European No.1 Konstantin Stepanov while Peach battled out a fine 11-5 win over sole remaining German Harry Stolka.
Roberto Gomez and Francisco Bustamante both enjoyed one-sided wins courtesy of their perfection of the soft break. ‘Django’ cast aside 2004 Champion Alex Pagulayan, while Gomez white-washed Niels Feijen of Holland.
Joven Bustamante, making his debut in the event, was an 11-9 winner over Satoshi Kawabata.
Other Europeans through are Mika Immonen, the only former champion left in the competition and ex-World Junior titlist Vilmos Foldes of Hungary – they meet tomorrow.
Normally one of the strongest countries in the event, Chinese Taipei has just one player left – Kuo Po-cheng. He was a finalist in 2005 and will be a stronger player for it.
As the tournament enters its business end, the rewards are great with losers tomorrow carrying off $10,000.
Daryl Peach (ENG) 11 – 5 Harry Stolka (GER)
Francisco Bustamante (PHI) 11 – 2 Alex Pagulayan (PHI)
Mika Immonen (FIN) 11 – 8 Alain Martel (CAN)
Vilmos Foldes (HUN) 11 – 5 Lu Hui-chan (TPE)
Joven Bustamante (PHI) 11 – 9 Satoshi Kawabata (JPN)
Karl Boyes (Eng) 11 – 4 Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)
Kuo Po-cheng (TPE) 11 – 7 Corey Deuel (USA)
Roberto Gomez (PHI) 11 – 0 Niels Feijen (NED)
Saturday’s Quarter-Final Matches
Daryl Peach (ENG) v Francisco Bustamante (PHI)
Mika Immonen (FIN) v Vilmos Foldes (HUN)
Joven Bustamante (PHI) v Karl Boyes (ENG)
Kuo Po-cheng (TPE) v Roberto Gomez (PHI)