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2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship: Gabica, 4 other Pinoy cue artists enters Final 16

26 Jun

Al Saad Sports Club, Doha, Qatar – 2013 World 9 Ball Championship first runner-up Antonio Gabica and 4 other Pinoys survived tough Round of 32 match-ups to enter the Final 16 of the 2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship. Gabica of Lapu-Lapu City eliminated Ryu Seung Woo of Korea. The other Filipino cue masters left in this year’s World 9-Ball Championship are Raymund Faraon, Elmer Haya, Johann Chua, and Carlo Biado.

Faraon defeated China’s Wang Can, 11-7. Haya edged Hijayata Hayato of Japan, 11-8. Johann Chua continues his excellent run with a win over Russian Konstantin Stepanov. Biado, meanwhile, beat Jason Klatt of Canada.  Ramil Gallego was not as fortunate as he fell to Nick Van Den Berg of The Netherlands.

Here are the Round of 16 pairings:

Raymund Faraon(PHL) vs. Elmer D. Haya(PHL)
Waleed Majid(QAT) vs. Johann Chua(PHL)
Mario He(AUT) vs. Neils Feijen(NED)
Carlo Biado(PHL) vs. Ko Pin Yi(TPE)
Wu Jiaqing(CHN) vs. Chang Yu Lung(TPE)
Shane Van Boening(USA) vs. Tohru Kuribayashi(JPN)
Antonio Gabica(PHL) vs. Albin Ouschan(CHN)
Li He Wen(CHN) vs. Nick Van Den Berg(NED)

The Philippines is assured of at least one pool player in the Round 8 as Faraon and Haya is pitted against each other.  Among the players playing for a spot in the quarterfinals, 5 are Filipinos, 3 are Chinese and 2 are from Taipei.  This year’s edition is dominated by Asians and Asians are expected to figure prominently in the more advance rounds.

Round of 32 Results:

Raymund Faraon(PHL) 11 – 7 Wang Can(CHN)
Elmer D. Haya(PHL) 11 – 8 Hijikata Hayato(JPN)
Waleed Majid(QAT) 11 – 9 Darren Appleton(GBR)
Johann Chua(PHL) 11 – 5 Konstantin Stepanov(RUS)
Mario He(AUT) 11 – 10 Jeong Young Hwa(KOR)
Neils Feijen(NED) 11 – 6 Radoslaw Babica(POL)
Carlo Biado(PHL) 11 – 5 Jason Klatt(CAN)
Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 11 – 10 Naoyuki Oi(JPN)

Wu Jiaqing(CHN) 11 – 10 Hsu Kai Lun(TPE)
Chang Yu Lung(TPE) 11 – 6 Stephan Cohen(FRA)
Shane Van Boening(USA) 11 – 4 Dang Jing Hu(CHN)
Tohru Kuribayashi(JPN) 11 – 9 Nick Ekonomoupolos(GRE)
Antonio Gabica(PHL) 11 – 6 Ryu Seung Woo(KOR)
Albin Ouschan(CHN) 11 – 9 Roman Hybler(CZE)
Li He Wen(CHN) 11 – 8 Mark Teutshcer(NED)
Nick Van Den Berg(NED) 11 – 8 Ramiel Gallego(PHL)

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