DAY TWO – WOMEN’S WORLD 10 BALL
by Edward Asistin
At the end of day two, 13 players are mathematically guaranteed to have a spot in the single-elimination phase of the Women’s World 10 Ball Championship. There are also a number of players that have been mathematically eliminated, with the remaining players vying for one of the final 11 spots in Stage 2 of this prestigious tournament.
Hsiang-Ling Tan (Taiwan) is the first player to reach the Stage 2 Single-Elimination Phase of the inaugural Women’s World 10 Ball Championships. Tan went undefeated in her group and will receive a first-round bye for a chance at the $20,000 USD first prize. Tan was one of the few players who had finished playing all five matches of the group stage by the end of day two and the only one to go undefeated. She defeated fan favorite Jasmin Ouschan (Austria), Chihiro Kawahara (Japan), Estelle Binjen (Netherlands), Yukiko Oi (Japan), and Keiko Yukawa (Japan). Tan leads the dominating Taiwanese contingent of Shin-Mei Liu, Yuan-Chun Lin, Chieh-Yu Chou, and Su I Yun.
Karen Corr (Ireland) became the second player to clinch a berth into the single-elimination phase and receive a first-round bye by virtue of her being undefeated, while every other player in her group having at least two losses, even though she has one more match to play in the group stage. She is the only player who can afford to not show up on Thursday to play her remaining group stage match and still receive a bye in the first round of Stage 2 on Friday.
Four players are virtually guaranteed a bye into the second round of the single-elimination phase. Kelly Fisher (England) and Shin-Mei Liu (Taiwan) are virtually guaranteed a bye—they both just has to avoid losing their last group match by a score of 5-0 and they will become the top player in their group. Miyuke Fuke (Japan) is also virtually guaranteed a bye but can’t lose her last match by more than 3 games on the last day of group play. Julie Kelly (Ireland) must win at least 4 games in her last match to guarantee a first-round bye in the single-elimination phase but can still receive the bye if a couple of other scenarios occur.
The other players who have mathematically clinched a berth into the single-elimination phase by the end of day two are Rubilen Amit (Philippines), Yun Mi Lim (Korea), Ga Young Kim (Korea), Jasmin Oushcan (Austria), Allison Fisher (England), Jeanette Lee (US), and Veronika Hubrtova (Czech Republic).
On another note, two players who won their spots through qualifiers in America were unable to make the trip. Word is that Jeannie Seaver had problems with the flight that she booked to the Philippines and could not make it in time to play in the event, and Angel Paglia was advised by her doctor not to take the trip because of health reasons.