In a night full of excitement and tension, Filipino tormentor Niels Feijen of Netherlands was crowned as the 2014 World 9-Ball champion at the Al-Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar yesterday.
Feijen downed Austria’s Albin Ouschan 13-10 in a thrilling championship match which lasted for more than two hours.
Though Feijen was leading in the entire match, Ouschan was just trailing Feijen all the way.
The Austrian converted the last nine on the table left by Feijen in the 17th rack, closing in, 8-9, going to rack 18.
But the Dutchman’s focus, solid safety and shotmaking prowess enabled him to take the next two racks, leading 12-8 going to rack 21.
Ouschan though did not buckle under pressure, and came back winning the next two racks, 10-12.
In the next rack Niels jumped in a three ball in spectacular fashion but missed the tough five after. He did, however, leave his opponent hooked. From there Albin whiffed on the kick shot, allowing Niels to run out for the title and win the US$30,000 cash prize.
Ouschan, who reached the championship round by defeating Chang Yu Lung of Chinese Taipei 11-7, settled for the runner-up finish with US$15,000 cash prize.
The 2014 World 9-Ball champion earlier defeated Philippines’ Elmer Haya in the semifinal round, in a match full of mistakes and tension.
Haya’s inexperienced cost him a slot in the championship round, after being downed by Feijin 11-7.
Playing his first World Championship semifinals on a TV table obviously got Haya trembling.
“Doon ako kinabahan” said the 37-year-old from Molave, Zamboanga del Sur. “Medyo umiba pakiramdam ko. Experience ata ang tawag diyan”, Haya added.
Haya wins US7,500 for his top 4 finish.
It is interesting to note that Haya was beaten by the 2014 Championship himself, who also has beated Carlo Biado in the quarterfinal round, and Warren Kiamco in the group stage.