Americans Going Strong at U.S. Open Billiards Event
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
The afternoon rounds of the 33rd Annual U.S. Open have wrapped up, with no real upsets as yet.
The American players are still going strong, with Shawn Putnam, Charlie Williams, and Max Eberle all winning their first matches. Tony Robles, a last-minute addition, defeated CJ Wiley last night after running five racks and out, defeated Jonathan Pinegar 11-8 earlier Monday afternoon. Donnie Mills of Florida won his first two matches as well, defeating first Christian Greens 11-2 and then Toru Kuribayashi 11-7.
Brandon Shuff won his first round match against Rick Hamlin 11-4 and then Robb Saez 11-6, while Joey Korsiak bested Hobson Croft 11-8 and then Dustin Morris 11-7 and will face Earl Strickland in his next match. Shannon “The Cannon” Daulton has survived two matches as well, first defeating David Grossman 11-8 and then James Roberts 11-9.
View the 2008 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship tournament brackets (updated after each round)
See the 2008 U.S. Open live
Team UK is doing well also, with reigning 9-ball champion Daryl Peach winning his first match, Chris Melling taking wins over Jonen Alba 11-6 and Takashi Aoyagi 11-9, and Raj Hundal coming through hill-hill over Danny Petralba and then winning 11-4 over Douglas Jones.
At the end of the evening, every player will have played at least one match. Visit InsidePOOL for the latest news in the sport of billiards and pool.