Elimination Rounds Continue at U.S. Open Billiards Event
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
The majority of the Wednesday afternoon matches were devoted to those on the one-loss side, with some fine players making an early exit.
Corey Harper of Los Angeles, CA, has put in some excellent performances so far Wednesday. After eliminating former U.S. Open champion Gabe “The Babe” Owen 11-4, he went on to play against Neil Fujiwara, formerly of Southern California and now residing in Jacksonville, FL. Fujiwara also just won the latest stop on the Seminole Pro Tour, his first major title. At first the match was a close one, with the score knotted at 3 apiece; however, Fujiwara took the next three racks to go up 6-3.
The major difference in this match was that while Fujiwara was forced to push out after almost every break, Harper consistently got a shot on the 1 ball after his break. It wasn’t long before Harper had not only tied the score but surpassed Fujiwara to bring the score to 9-6. He missed a 3 ball in the next rack, and Fujiwara gained one more game, but that was it for him—Harper took the next two for the 11-7 win.
Formerly of Maryland but now a North Carolina resident, Mike Davis matched up with Canadian champion Edwin Montal. Davis held the lead throughout the match, as Montal’s play was sporadic. The entire match was more similar to a one-pocket match than a 9-ball one, considering all of the defensive play that was entailed. Finally, up 10-7, Davis broke the balls and cleared the table to win 11-7.
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The 17-year-old European junior 9-ball champion, Phil Burford, is still alive, having won his match against Troy Miller. He dominated throughout their match, though he seemed personally disappointed in his performance. Up 7-4, he executed a strong cross-bank combo on the 4-9 to go up another game. Miller was able to put together a couple of more racks before Burford won the match 11-7.
Both 12-year-old players have been eliminated from the event. Dan Wallace defeated Saad Al-Adasani 11-2 earlier, while James Roberts ousted Brenden Crockett 11-3.
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