Upsets Abound at Diamond Players Championship
Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship / Oaks, PA
With eight players remaining on the winners’ side and the west side fighting to stay alive, the Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship yielded unexpected results Friday. The $25,000-added tournament began with 68 players and will crown a winner Sunday.
Defending champion Ralf Souquet was sitting pretty after his 10-6 win over Zion Zvi the previous night, but he fell in the next round to Craig McPartlin 10-7. McPartlin’s next opponent will be Stevie Moore, who has turned into a virtual escape artist with his back-to-back hill-hill wins over Jennifer Barretta and Brian Brekke.
Mika Immonen is still going strong, having trounced Charlie Williams 10-3 in his winners’ side match. His next challenge will come from San Diego’s Louis Ulrich, who eked out a double-hill victory over Canada’s John Morra in the third round and then dealt India’s Raj Hundal his first loss 10-6.
A former champ at this event, Dennis Hatch is looking to retake the title and earlier notched a 10-6 score over Robb Saez. Just as determined to claim the crown is his next opponent, Darren Appleton, who has allowed his first three opponents a total of five racks, besting Matt Krah 10-2, Bucky Souvanthong 10-3, and most recently Frankie Hernandez 10-1.
In yet another upset, Ryan McCreesh delivered a 10-7 defeat to Ultimate 10-Ball Championship winner Mike “Fireball” Dechaine and will next face former U.S. Open victor John Schmidt, who won his fourth-round match over Germany’s Klaus Zobrekis 10-7.
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