Of the eleven Filipino cue artists who advanced to the main draw of the 2014 World 9-Ball Championship, only six were left standing after a tough first round game at this year’s championship in Doha, Qatar.
Advancing to the second round tomorrow are Ramil Gallego, Raymund Faraon, Elmer Haya, Johann Chua, Carlo Biado and Antonio Gabica.
Gallego had the toughest first round game among the six, which lasted nearly three hours and ended in a decisive rack 21 thriller against Germany’s Ralf Souquet.
Former All-Japan Championship semifinalist Johann Chua of Bacolod sailed through the second round smoothly after outclassing Italy’s Daniele Corrieri 11-4; while Abu-Dhabi based Elmer Haya, who outplayed Corteza, 9-2, in the group stage, spent little time demolishing countryman Francisco Felicilda, 11-4.
Unheralded Raymond Faraon downed Taiwan’s Liu Cheng Chieh 11-5, and is poised to have a third round show-down against Haya if both win their second round games tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Biado defeated Poland’s Mieszko Fortunski 11-6, while last year’s runner-up Gabica defeated Medhi Razekhi of Iran 11-7.
Lee Van Corteza, Dennis Orcollo, Jeffrey de Luna and Warren Kiamco bowed out of contention after failing to win their first round challenge.
Warren Kiamco’s first round loss though was a bit controversial since the referee allowed China’s Wang Can to take an unscheduled toilet break when Kiamco rallied to take the lead at 9-8, after being down 5-8.
China’s Can had already taken the only scheduled timeout of the match going to the 10th rack, yet he was still allowed to take the unscheduled break.
From the toilet, the Chinese shooter then went on to take the next three racks to win the game.
As Philippines’ best faltered one after the other, defending champion Thorsten Hohmann also crumbled and bowed down to Netherland’s Marco Teutscher, 11-9.
Second round action starts today at 11:00am, Qatar time, which is 4:00 pm Philippine time.