Dechaine Dethrones Van Boening, Barretta Makes History
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
In a surprising twist in the first round of the 35th U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, Mike “Fireball” Dechaine upset former Open champ Shane Van Boening. Dechaine recently was the champion at the Seminole Pro Tour’s New York stop, while Van Boening won the Open in 2007. The match was never really close at all, as Dechaine was able to win by the wide margin of 11-3.
However, defending champion Mika Immonen, who has won the Open for the past two years in a row, easily swept aside Joey Arbuckle 11-4 in his first-round match and will go on to face Japan’s Kenichi Uchigaki in the second. Uchigaki dealt an 11-0 donut to Kiril Jeliazkov in the first round.
Also a former Open champ, Gabe “The Babe” Owen eked out a tight 11-9 victory in his first round over Phil Davis 11-9. Owen goes on to face local favorite Chris Futrell, just off an 11-3 win over Bill Carenbauer, in the next round.
Winner in 2002, Ralf Souquet breezed through his first-round match-up against Bill Bauer without even allowing his opponent to take a rack. Another past champion of this event, Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer, advanced over E.J. Glode 11-1.
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A bit of history occurred in today’s rounds: Jennifer “9MM” Barretta became the first-ever woman to win a match at a U.S. Open event by virtue of her 11-5 victory over David Ross. Sarah Rousey was bested by Chris Melling of the U.K. 11-2 but is still alive on the one-loss side. Also, Hall of Famer Loree Jon Hasson went neck and neck with Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie but ultimately headed west 11-8. And for Borana Andoni in her match against George McLanahan, it was a seesaw, with McLanahan reaching the hill with Andoni at 6. She mounted an incredible comeback to make it double-hill, but ultimately it was McLanahan who moved on 11-10.
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