Winners’ Round Cuts to Final 16
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
The first evening round Thursday at the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships saw the 32 undefeated players winnowed down to 16, and with the notable exception of 18-year-old Jesse Engel, who was responsible for besting Earl Strickland the night before, delivering Mike “The Mouth” Sigel to the one-loss side 11-1, the matches were all close.
Filipinos Francisco Bustamante, who was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame Thursday evening; Efren Reyes; and Warren Kiamco successfully remained undefeated. Bustamante bested Manny Chau 11-6, Reyes won over Marc “Spain” Vidal 11-7, and Kiamco sent Huidji See west 11-6.
Defending champion Mika “Iceman” Immonen is still going strong, having easily handled Ricky Yang 11-3. Immonen’s next match will be against Gabe Owen, who just bested Robb Saez 11-8. Former U.S. Open champion Johnny Archer is also on fire, besting fellow Southern star Stevie Moore 11-6. Archer’s next match will be against Lo Li-wen, who went double-hill with Chris Melling before moving on.
Ralf Souquet and Raj Hundal had a close match, with “The Surgeon” advancing 11-9. Souquet’s next opponent will be Rodney Morris, who bested Hall of Famer Nick Varner 11-7 earlier. Former world 9-ball champion Thorsten Hohmann is also undefeated, having won his match over Daryl Peach of the U.K. 11-8. Hohmann will next face off against Engel.
Spain’s David Alcaide will go up against Bustamante in the next round, having defeated Stan Tourangeau 11-5. Kiamco will face Corey Deuel, fresh off a win over Michael Wong 11-3, and Reyes will play Darren Appleton, who just defeated fellow countryman Jayson Shaw 11-6.
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