World 10-Ball Championship Commences
World 10-Ball Championship / Manila, Philippines
The World 10-Ball Championship kicked off in Manila, Philippines, September 29, with a total of 128 of the finest players from all over the world vying for the first-ever world title in the 10-ball format as sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
The international event is also offering up a massive prize purse of $400,000. Leading the pack in pursuit of the lion’s share are the three reigning world champions: Niels Feijen, recently crowned the world straight pool champion; Ralf Souquet, world 8-ball champion; and Daryl Peach, world 9-ball champion.
On the American team, number-one-ranked Shane Van Boening is joined by Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel, Steve Moore, Jeremy Jones, Gabe Owen, Max Eberle, Oscar Dominguez, Glen Atwell, Louis Ulrich, Shaun Wilkie, and Charlie Williams.
The 128 players entered in the main draw will be divided into 16 groups of 8 and will contend in a double-elimination format. From there, four players from each group will advance to the final sixty-four. At that point, the format changes to single elimination with one small exception: Instead of a tie for third place, there will be a match to determine the third- and fourth-place finishers.
In a battle of top women, Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan bested Lin Yuan Chun of Chinese Taipei 9-6. Germany’s Martin Kempter delivered a 9-7 defeat to Archer while fellow countryman Roman Hybler came out ahead of his hill-hill match with Deuel. Hungary’s Vilmos Foldes handed Dominguez his first defeat 9-6, and Ricky Yang bested Wilkie 9-4. All are now one loss away from being sent home. Ernesto Dominguez also suffered a first-round loss to Russia’s Rusian Chinahov. However, Williams bested Raj “The Hitman” Hundal 9-3, while compatriot Owen defeated French shooter Vincent Facquet 9-7 to move within one win of advancing to the knockout stages.
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