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2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship: Cebuano Gabica hurdles Day 1; Reyes falters

21 Jun

Al Saad Sports Club, Doha, Qatar – The 2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship got underway and the Filipino cue masters had mixed results in the opening day. Last year’s losing finalist and top Filipino finisher Antonio “Gaga” Gabica started off his campaign with a victory over Taipei’s Kuo Po Cheng 9-5.  The Cebuano and long-time Qatar resident hopes to better his finish this time after losing to Thorsten Hohmann in last year’s final.   Gabica won over Kuo who is twice a World 9-Ball Championship first runner-up (2005 and 2010).  Hohmann started his title defense with a 9-3 victory over India’s Sumit Talwar.

There are eight Filipinos vying to be the 2014 World 9-Ball Champion.  After the first day, 6 Filipinos won while 3 fell to the losers bracket.  Among the losers is the legendary Efren “Bata” Reyes who lost to Korea’s Jeong Young Hwa 5-9.  One of the Philippine’s top bets Dennis Orcollo survived a hill-hill battle against Jason Klatt of Canada, 9-8.  Orcollo had to overcome deficits of 4-6 and 6-8 to fashion out and amazing comeback win.  Other Filipino representatives are Ramil Gallego, Warren Kiamco, Carlo Biado, Elvis Calasang, Raymund Faraon, and Francisco Felicilda.

Day 2 Match-ups:

  • Ramil Gallego vs. Mishel Turkey (QAT)
  • Antonio Gabica vs. Michel Bartol (CRO)
  • Warren Kiamco vs. Neils Feijen (NED)
  • Dennis Orcollo vs. Ko Ping Chung(TPE)
  • Carlo Biado vs. Tom Storm(SWE)
  • Raymund Faraon vs. Jeong Young Hwa(KOR)
  • Efren Reyes vs. Denis Grabe(EST)
  • Elvis Calasang vs. Stefan Sprangers(NED)
  • Francisco Felicilda vs. Christian Aguirre(ECU)

Orcollo in action (photo from http://wpapool.com)

Complete Day 1 Results:

Group 1
Thorsten Hohmann (GER) 9 – 3 Sumit Talwar (IND)
Tanaka Masaaki(JPN)  9 – 4 Mohamed Al Hosani(UAE)
Marco Teutscher(NED) 9 – 6 Mohd Al Bin Ali(QAT)
Cheng Yu Hsuan(TPE) 9 – 5 Erik Hjorleifson(CAN)

Group 2
Jalas Yousef(VEN) 9- 5 John Morra(CAN)
Tohru Kuribayashi(JPN) 9- 7 Scott Cooney(GBR)
Hsu Kai Lun(TPE) 9 – 5  Hasan Hwaida Idan(IRQ)
Dang Jing Hu(CHN) 9- 2 Dimitri Jungo(SUI)

Group 3
Shane Van Boening(USA) 9 – 5 Hamzaa M. Saeed Ali(ERI)
Daniele Corrieri(ITA) 9 – 5 Alexander Kazakis(GRE)
Fu Chei Wei(TPE) 9 – 4 Ahmad Taufiq(BRU)
Abdul Rahman Al Ammar(KSA) 9 – 5 Melkonyan Babken(ROU)

Group 4
Nick Van Den Berg(NED) 9 – 7  Ramil Gallego(PHL)
Mehdi Rasekhi(IRI)9 – 4 Mishel Turkey(QAT)
Antonio Gabica(PHL-QAT) 9 – 5 Kuo Po Cheng(TPE)
Michel Bartol(CRO) 9 – 3 Fahim Sinha(BAN)

Group 5
Mika Immonen(FIN) 9 –  5 Liu Hai Tao(CHN)
Ryu Seung Woo(KOR) 9 – 6 Yukio Akagariyama (JPN)
Fabio Petroni(ITA) 9 – 5 Hunter Lombardo(USA)
Waleed Majed(QAT) 9 – 2 Detlef Grzella(RSA)

Group 6
Ralf Souquet(GER) 9 – 1 Frailin Guanipa(VEN)
Abdulla Al Yusef(KUW) 9-3 Mohammed Hamouda(EGY)
Niels Feijen(NED) 9 – 4 Eric Lee(HKG)
Warren Kiamco(PHL) 9 – 7 Stephan Cohen(FRA)

Group 7
Dennis Orcollo(PHL) 9 – 8 Jason Klatt(CAN)
Ko Ping Chung(TPE) 9 – 8 Karol Skowerski(POL)
Jayson Shaw(GBR) 9 – 6 Chang Jung Lin(TPE)
Ivo Aarts(NED) 9 – 5 Abdulla Mohammad(UAE)

Group 8
Roman Hybler(CZE) 9 – 5 Daryl Peach(GBR)
Hijikata Hayato(JPN) 9 – 6 Vilmos Foldes(HUN)
Carlo Biado(PHL) 9 – 3 Nour Wasfi Al Jarrah(JOR)
Tom Storm(SWE) 9 – 8 Glen Coutts(NZL)

Group 9
Karl Boyes(GBR) 9 – 4 Sayeem Hossain(BAN)
Bruno Muratore(ITA) 9 – 8 Maj Al Azmi(KUW)
Jeong Young Hwa(KOR) 9 – 5 Efren Reyes(PHL) 
Raymund Faraon(PHL) 9 – 8 Denis Grabe(EST)

Group 10
Wu Jiaqing(CHN) 9 – 7 Stefan Sprangers(NED)
Elvis Calasang(PHL) 9 – 3 Marzen Berjaoui(LEB)
Mieszko Fortunski(POL) 9 – 5 Albin Ouschan(AUT)
Konstantin Stepanov(RUS) Alejandro Carvajal(CHI)

Group 11
Wang Can(CHN) 9 – 2 Brandon Shuff(USA)
Aloysius Yapp(SIN) 9 – 5 Mohamed Elassal(EGY)
Huidji See(NED) 9  – 3 Jurgen Jenisy(AUT)
Andreas Gerwen(SWE) 9 – 4 Mohammadali Pordel(IRI)

Group 12
Mario He(AUT) 9 – 7 Chang Yu Lung(TPE)
Ali Obaidly(QAT) 9 – 4 Mohammad Ali Berjaoui(LEB)
Nick Economopoulos(GRE) 9 – 3 Christian Aguirre(ECU)
Nguyen Anh Tuan(VIE) 9 – 6 Francisco Felicilda(PHL) 

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