Elimination Rounds at U.S. Open 9-Ball
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Virginia Beach, VA
The elimination rounds began Tuesday at the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, as most of the undefeated players had the day off. This is the 37th installment of the tournament and features a $50,000 prize purse.
Shannon “The Cannon” Daulton, who suffered a heart-breaking hill-hill loss in the first round to John Foster, has kept alive with two wins. He has only allowed his opponents three racks combined, winning over first Michael McNaughton 11-1 and then Joey Arbuckle 11-2. His next challenger will be Chris Bartram.Another player who ended up on the wrong end of a double-hill match, Ernesto Dominguez won the first round against Justin Kluznik 11-7 but then was bested by So Shaw 11-10. He decisively defeated Blair Levandowski 11-6 and next faces Richard Andrews.
One more player was sent west after a hill-hill match—Stevie Moore was bested by Mike Fuller in the second round and turned around to whitewash Sheri Bruner in the next 11-0. Chris Bruner, who suffered a second-round loss to Donny Mills 11-2, eliminated Larry Kressel 11-5 in the next round.
After an 11-1 drubbing by Shane Van Boening the previous day, Adam “GQ” Smith rebounded to win his next match over Steve Sones 11-3. Tony “The Silent Assassin” Robles won his first match over Ernesto Bayau 11-2 but then was defeated by Nick Ekonomopoulos 11-4. In the third round Robles trounced George Vlacich 11-1.
Taiwanese champion Ko-Pin Yi had his first loss to David Alcaide of Spain 11-7 and went on to oust Reinaldo Dendeariarena 11-3. And Charlie “The Korean Dragon” came back from being down 9-4 against Brett Stottlemyer to come within one rack before Stottlemyer won the necessary last two to make it 11-9.
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