WPA World 9-Ball Championships Begin Second Stage
The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World 9-Ball Championship has now begun the second stage in Doha, Qatar at the headquarters of the Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation (QBSF). The first round of the group stage matches began today. Each contestant is in a group that contains four other players and they will play down inside those groups until there are only two players left on both the winners side and on the one-loss side. Those 64 players will then progress to the championship round of play.The first day is usually one of surprises ands we had a few today. Already on the one-loss side of the bracket are such champions as Imran Majid, Marlon Manalo, Thorsten Hohmann, Ernesto Dominquez, Fabio Petroni, Kuo Po Chen, Oscar Dominquez, Daryl Peach, Jeff De Luna, Efren Reyes and Ralf Souquet. In most tournaments that field would be the cream of the final sixteen.
It is tough in Doha. Lots of tournament info can be found at www.QBSF.info. We will send you reports, brackets and photos as we receive them.