Eleven Pinoy cue artists survived the grueling 7-day knockout rounds of the 2014 World 9-Ball Championship, and advanced to the main draw of this prestigious tournament in Doha, Qatar from June 16-27.
Making it to the Final 64 are Dennis Orcollo, Warren Kiamco, Raymund Faraon, Elmer D. Haya, Franscisco Felicilda, Lee Van Corteza, Johann Chua, Carlo Biado, Jeffrey De Luna, Antonio Gabica and Ramil Gallego.
Gabica and Gallego are in the bottom / second half of the bracket’s main draw, while the rest are bracketed in the upper half of the draw.
Not lucky enough to make it to the final draw are Elvis Calasang, Israel Rota and two time world champion Efren Bata Reyes.
Bata was beaten, 9-8, by the 2010 World Eigth-Ball Champion Karl Boyes of Great Britain for a slot in the Final 64. He had his chance in the last rack, but Bata played a poor safe and allowed Boyes to run out.
Defending champion Thorsten Hohmann of Germany spent a little time beating Sumit Talwar of India, 9-3, in his first knock-out game, but worked extra hard to defeat Japan’s Tanaka Masaaki, 9-8, to advance to the Final 64.
Philippines’ Gallego is slated to meet Hohmann in the Final’s third round if both pass through second round, while Philippines’ Gabica will also have a duel with Hohmann, if both sail through the third round.
Not so lucky with the Final 64 draw are Elmer Haya and Franscisco Felicilda who will meet each other in the final’s first round.
All final’s first round games will be played today starting at 11am, while second, third and quarterfinal round games are scheduled to be played on Thursday.
Semifinals and the Championship match will be played on Friday.