Souquet Promises to Win Billiard Triple Crown
World 10-Ball Championship / Manila, Philippines
Ralf “The Surgeon” Souquet, past winner of both the world 9-ball and world 8-ball championship titles, vowed to add the world 10-ball crown to his resume to become the first triple crown billiard champion. He had an easy 9-1 victory over Patrick Menillo of Italy in the first-round matches. “I like my chances and I’m ready to play against anybody here,” Souquet stated firmly.
Reigning world 9-ball champ Daryl Peach is also adjusting well to the conditions, defeating Japan’s Kazuo Furuta 9-3. “I feel much better now than in my first match,” Peach explained, in which he bested Sit Shun Ching 9-4.
Jasmin Ouschan lost her second match against Germany’s Roman Hybler 9-5, while her brother, Albin, won his second match against Radoslaw Babica of Poland in a 9-8 nail-biter.
Team America is struggling, though Shane Van Boening remains undefeated, notching a 9-1 win over Alphonse Hoge Monday and a 9-0 victory over Po-Cheng Kuo. Charlie Williams is also unscathed, with wins over Raj Hundal and Elmer Kalaquain, both 9-3.
Shaun Wilkie came through in fine fashion against Bashar Hussein of Qatar 9-5, rebounding from a first-round 9-4 loss to Ricky Yang. Corey Deuel whitewashed his opponent Lin Yuan-Chan Tuesday, while Oscar Dominguez lost a hill-hill match to Thomas Engert of Germany. Gabe Owen lost 9-3 to Dimitri Jungo, and Steve Moore was bested by Naoyuki Oi in a tight 9-7 match.