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Kaci Catches Sanchez Ruiz to Win World 10-Ball Championship
 Posted on Wednesday, March 01 2023 @ 08:25:37 UTCby admin
10 Ball WPA Men’s World 10-Ball Championships
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Eklent Kaci - Albania
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Kaci Catches Sanchez Ruiz to Win World 10-Ball Championship

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Things had not been going well for Eklent Kaci in the finals of the WPA World 10-Ball Championship.

He had watched opponent Francisco Sanchez Ruiz jump out to an early 5-1 advantage and had not really seen much time at the table other than a dry break and a couple of missed kick shots. Regardless, the Albanian sat quietly and just had a feeling his time would come.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Kaci. “I actually made a few nice kicks. I’m like, ‘just keep on playing.’ I’m trying to stay focused because it’s a world final and you don’t get in this position too often. I was just waiting my chances.”

And when he got his chance, Kaci kicked the door open with both feet, winning nine of the last 11 games to win his second World 10-Ball Championship Saturday evening at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The win not only gives Kaci another world 10-ball championship but also denied Sanchez Ruiz the opportunity to be the first player in history to hold world titles in 8-ball, 9-ball and 10-ball simultaneously.

“I cannot say that I feel bad because I had an unbelievable week,” said Sanchez Ruiz. “I played really good under pressure but in the final, I made a mistake and he played really well. His safety game is unbelievable and he deserved to win. But I am really happy with my performance here this week.”



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Watch: Full Final Match - Francisco Sanchez Ruiz (ESP) vs E. Eklent KaÇi (ALB)

The Spaniard came out on fire from the start with three breaks and runs in his first four trips to the table and, before Kaci had even gotten settled in his seat, Sanchez Ruiz had used a successful jump shot on the 3 ball to build that commanding lead in a race-to-10. Fortunes changed in the seventh game, when the Spaniard missed a shot on the 3 ball and gave his opponent new life, which he used to win five straight and to come all the way back and take a 6-5 lead.

Kaci, who also won this event in 2021, added a break-and-run of his own to increase his lead before finally failing to pocket a ball on the break in the 13th rack. However, a misplayed safety on the 1 ball by the Spaniard gave the Albanian an open layout which he used along with some stout safeties to build a comfortable 8-5 lead. Sanchez Ruiz attempted to claw back in the 14th rack when he took a safety shot from Kaci, turned it into a successful combination shot on the 4 ball and ran out to trim the lead to two racks He had a chance to pull within a game but missed the 4 ball in the corner pocket. After Kaci cleared the table to make it 9-6, the Spaniard tacked another rack on to pull with two games but lost a safety exchange on the 4 ball to leave a wide-open path to victory for Kaci.

The Spaniard reached the championship by defeating Russia’s Fedor Gorst in an epic, hill-hill battle in the semifinals.

The Spaniard drew first blood, winning a safety exchange after the break in the opening rack then was able to steal the second game when he forced Gorst into committing a foul on a safety. The Russian got on the board when Sanchez Ruiz left the 2 ball in the corner pocket’s jaws but his opponent was able to tack on another win in the next game when Gorst fouled attempting to touch the 2 ball. After the Russian won the fifth game on a safety exchange to cut the lead to 3-2, he tied the match by using another safety to force the Spaniard into a foul.

Gorst took his first lead of the match when he jumped the 2 ball in after a safety and ran out but his opponent knotted the score when Gorst scratched attempting to jump in the 2 ball. Sanchez Ruiz broke in the next rack and appeared to be in position to run out but missed the 5 ball, allowing Gorst to regain the lead on a safety battle. He then increased the margin to 6-4 when he got a fortunate roll on the 3 ball which resulted in a Sanchez Ruiz foul, then tacked on another win to push the lead to three games.

Sanchez Ruiz cut the deficit to 7-5 when Gorst missed a jump shot on the 1 ball but the Russian added on another game when he forced his opponent into a foul with a safety. Now trailing by three games, Sanchez Ruiz was able to tack on two games when his opponent scratched while attempting a safety in the 14th game then used a one-rail kick in of the 6 ball to propel him to another win. After the Spaniard failed to pocket a ball on the break in the 16th rack, Gorst appeared to be in position to clear the table but missed the 5 ball in the side, after safety by his opponent, the Russian jumped in two straight balls then pocketed the 7 ball on a called bank shot but also scratched, allowing Sanchez Ruiz to tie the score, 8-8.

After Gorst missed a jump bank shot on the 2 ball and the Spaniard won his fourth straight to retake the lead, he watched as his opponent used a one rail kick in of the 2 ball in the next rack to run out and tie the score. In a match that had already seemed to have everything, the two players engaged in a lengthy safety battle, with the Spaniard prevailing when he forced Gorst to commit three fouls – including a final one that occurred when Gorst kicked one rail at the ball and made contact but scratched.

In the other semifinal, Joshua Filler jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage but Kaci used a jump shot on the 1 ball to clear the fourth rack then tacked on another to pull within a game. The Albanian had a chance to run out in the next game but missed position on the 4 ball and was forced to kick at the ball and left a shot in front of the side pocket for Filler. After Kaci tacked on two wins to tie the score, the German won two of the next three games to take a 6-5 advantage. The former World Pool champion then misplayed a safety on the 1 ball and Kaci used the opening to win three straight and take an 8-6 lead.

The German was able to scratch out a victory in the 15th rack when he used a safety to force a Kaci foul, but the Albanian increased the lead back to two games after a missed 1 ball by Filler in the following game. The German wasn’t finished, using an opening on the 1 ball after a safety to clear the table and pull to within 9-8 but Kaci used successful safeties on the 1 and 8 balls in the 18th rack to close out the match, 10-8









Final Four Set for World 10-Ball Championship - Day 4



The Full-Capacity Arena - World 10- Ball Championships
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Final Four Set for World 10-Ball Championship

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Things weren’t looking so good for Francisco Sanchez Ruiz in the middle stages of his quarterfinal match against Aloysius Yapp.

He was trailing the young man from Singapore in 5-4 and was in the process of clearing the table to tie the match when the 7 ball he just had shot towards the corner pocket skidded and slid to the left of the hole, allowing Yapp to clear the table and take a two-rack advantage. After calling a time and splitting the next two racks, Sanchez Ruiz was now trailing 7-5 and was running out of chances.

That was until Yapp missed a 2 ball down the rail as the time clock was expiring. The Spaniard was able to get out, then won four of the next five racks to close out Yapp, 10-8, and reach the semifinals of the WPA World 10-Ball Championships at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“I feel good, especially under pressure,” said Sanchez Ruiz. “To be honest, it was a really tough match with Yapp because he played really well but he missed a couple of shots and it gave me a chance.”

The Spaniard will now face Russia’s Fedor Gorst in the semifinals, who drubbed Denis Grabe of Estonia in his quarterfinal match, 10-3.

After beginning his day by eliminating Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer Alex Pagulayan, 10-5, Sanchez Ruiz met Chinese Taipei’s Jung-Lin Chang, a player who the Spaniard eliminated in the round-of-16 at last year’s United States Open Pool Championship. He jumped out to an early 5-2 lead but Chang rattled off three straight racks to tie the match and gain momentum until a 4 ball buried within a cluster in the 11th rack forced him to play safe. He ultimately left an open shot on the ball and, rather than taking his first lead of the day, allowed the Spaniard to regain the lead, 6-5. Chang tied the match again then failed to pocket a ball on the break in the next game, then fouled during an exchange of safeties to allow Sanchez Ruiz back to regain the lead.

Both players struggled to maintain momentum, as the Spaniard promptly broke the balls and watched the cue ball sail off the table in the next game. With the 9 and 10 balls tied together near the center of the table, Chang elected to attempt a bank shot on the 9 ball and missed. His opponent cleared the table to increase his lead to 8-6 but again came up dry on the break in the next rack, allowing Chang to trim the deficit to a single game. He then had a chance to tie the match one more time but rattled the 6 ball in the corner pocket. The reigning World Pool champion cleared the table then again broke dry and Chang ran out the rack to pull to within 9-8 and appeared to be in position to tie the match again but misplayed position on the 7 ball. He attempted to pocket the ball with a jump shot but missed, handing the Spaniard a wide-open table and the victory.

“When you beat a guy like Chang, you feel confident,” said Sanchez Ruiz. “Every set is different but, with Yapp I played really good and so I’m really happy.”

Facing Yapp in the semifinals, he watched as his opponent turned two dry breaks from the Spaniard along with a break-and-run into an early 3-1 advantage. After Sanchez Ruiz rallied to win three of the next four to tie the match, Yapp used a one-rail kick in of the 3 ball and a jump shot on the 4 ball to run out and regain the lead, then increased the lead with the previously mentioned skid. After Sanchez Ruiz cut the lead to 7-6 on his opponent’s miss, Yapp left another opening to tie when he misplayed a safety in the 14th game.

The Spaniard used strong safety play in the next two games to take a 9-7 lead but Yapp answered by forcing Sanchez Ruiz to lose a game by committing three fouls. Yapp had one last chance to tie the score in the 18th rack but failed to pocket a ball on the break and instead left a wide-open table, which his opponent used to close out the match.

In the evening quarterfinals, Joshua Filler of Germany jumped out to an early 6-1 lead against Chinese Taipei’s Ko Ping-Chung and cruised to a 10-3 victory. The former World Pool champion will now face Albania’s Eklent Kaci, who absorbed everything opponent Shane Van Boening could offer and survived, 10-7.

The two competitors split the first four games but Kaci clawed ahead and held a two-game the lead throughout much of match. Van Boening stole a game back with a dry break to cut the lead to 7-6 but failed to pocket a ball on his own opening shot, as Kaci increased his lead back to 8-6. Van Boening had another chance to cut into the lead when Kaci misplayed a safety on the 3 ball and gave his opponent a wide-open shot but American lost the rack when Kaci pocketed the 4 ball out of a safety played by Van Boening.

Now trailing 9-6, the former World Pool champion was able to steal a rack back when he forced the Albanian into a foul but again failed to pocket a ball on the break. After Kaci played a safe on the 7 ball, Van Boening had one more opportunity at the table but scratched while kicking at the ball after a safety, giving Kaci ball-in-hand and the victory.

The first semifinal match will begin at 11 a.m. local time, with Sanchez Ruiz facing Gorst, and the second match between Filler and Kaci will start at 2 p.m. The winners of the semifinals will meet in the finals, which are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. local time. Matches can be watched on Billiard.TV and on World Billiard TV, the official YouTube channel of CueSports International.









Rejuvenated Pagulayan Still Going at World 10-Ball Championship



Alex Pagulayan - Philippines
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Rejuvenated Pagulayan Still Going at World 10-Ball Championship

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One of the biggest surprises of this year’s WPA Men’s World 10-Ball Championship has been the resurgence of Filipino Alex Pagulayan.

After using a powerful break to easily defeat reigning Alfa Las Vegas Open champion Wiktor Zielinski in his first-round match Tuesday morning, the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer then bested Peru’s Gerson Martinez Boza the following day, 8-5. Thursday morning, the former World 9-Ball champion punched his ticket to the single-elimination final 32 portion of the event, gutting out another 8-5 victory over Petri Makkonen of Finland at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

So what’s with this newly-energized Pagulayan, who opened his year with third-place finishes in both the 9-ball and Master of the Table competition at the Derby City Classic then added on a 17th place finish in the 256-competitor World Pool Championship in Poland. Well, for once thing, he’s launched a new brand that is marketing merchandise, instruction and video content to fans and customers. And by re-engaging with the consumer through the game, he’s renewed his vigor and passion for the game.

“Lately, I just want to want to be me, and I’ve enjoyed how I’ve been hitting the balls,” said Pagulayan. “I don’t want to say that I’m confident but I’m feeling comfortable.”

Joining Pagulayan in the final 32 from the undefeated side is former World Pool champion Shane Van Boening, who again needed another Houdini imitation to get past Mark Bijsterbosch of the Netherlands, 8-6. Affte the two competitors split the first 10 games, Van Boening had a chance to break the tie in the 11th game but missed a bank of the 2 ball. Bijsterbosch took the lead but scratched on the break in the very next game, allowing the American to tie the match, then close out the set with back-to-back breaks and runs.

Other notables qualifying from the winner’s side of the bracket include Germany’s Joshua Filler, who cruised by Yukio Akagariyama of Japan, 8-3, 2021 Diamond Las Vegas Open winner Wu Kun Lin of Chinese Taipei, who defeated Alex Montpellier of France, 8-4, and 2020 Diamond Las Vegas Open champion Jung-Lin Chang, who took advantage of a missed 10 ball by Mario He in the deciding rack to win, 8-7.

On the one-loss side, reigning World Pool champion Francisco Sanchez Ruiz began his day by being sent to the one loss side with a 8-3 loss to Filipino Lee Van Corteza. Waiting for the Spaniard in the next round was Jesus Atencio of Venezuela, a player who had orchestrated one of the most miraculous comebacks of the event in his previous round match against former World 10-Ball champion Ko Pin Yi.

Ko had taken advantage of a couple of missed shots by his opponent to win six of the first seven racks and was working his way through the eighth rack with a chance to increase his lead to a nearly insurmountable 7-1, when the 33-year-old from Chinese Taipei missed a cut shot on the 7 ball. Atencio used the miss to return to the table and basically never leave, winning seven of the last eight— including five in a row to tie the match — to snatch the win, 8-7.

With a chance to reach the single-elimination stage on the line, Atencio wouldn’t have nearly as good a fortune against the Spaniard, who jumped out to 4–1 advantage and cruised to an 8-2 win.

Other notable qualifiers from the one-loss side of the bracket include 2021 World 10-Ball champion Eklent Kaci of Albania, who rebounded from a defeat at the hands of Ko Ping-Chung to defeat Satriadi Feri of Indonesia, 8-5, and Cliff Castelein, the first player ever to compete in the World 10-Ball Championship from Belgium. Oscar Dominguez, a member of last year’s United States Mosconi Cup team, became the second American to qualify for the single-elimination phase when he defeated Radoslaw Babica of Poland, 8-3.

Meanwhile, Juszczyszyn match had a bit more drama. Trailing Skyler Woodward, 7-5, he was watching as the American worked his way through what could have been the match-ending rack when his opponent left the 4 ball in the corner pocket’s jaws. The Pole cleared the table, broke and ran to tie the match and used a snug safety on the 1 ball to force a foul. With ball-in-hand, he had a chance to close out the set but missed the 8 ball in the corner pocket. The good news for Juszczyszyn was that Woodward got up from his chair and missed the same ball in the opposite corner, allowing the Pole to finish off the match anyways, 8-7.

Speaking of Poland, the country has been producing top talent in pool for the last half-decade so it should not be a surprise that the eastern European nation has the most competitors remaining in the tournament with four – Juszczyszyn, Mieszko Fortunski, Mateusz Sniegocki and Szymon Kural. Fortunski reached the single-elimination stage by taking down Mika Immonen of Finland on the one-loss side, 8-2, while Sniegocki and Kural qualified from the winner’s side of the bracket – as Sniegocki breezed by Reuben Batista 8-2 and Kural defeated Talal Alblooshi of the United Arab Emirates by the same score.

Friday is expected to be tension-filled and action packed as the format not only switches from double elimination to single elimination, but the length of the matches increases from a race-to-eight to a race-to-10 while 32 competitors jockey for the four slots open for Saturday’s semifinals. The action begins at 11 a.m. local time with notable matches including Van Boening rematching with Bijsterbosch, Sanchez Ruiz taking on Pagulayan and former World 9-Ball champion Fedor Gorst taking on Alfa Las Vegas semifinalist Duong Quoc Hoang.









Van Boening Pulls Off Another Miraculous Comeback on Day Two of World 10-Ball



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With this week’s WPA Men’s World 10-Ball Championship taking place in Las Vegas, Shane Van Boening is apparently auditioning for a new career while he’s in town: escape artist.

In his opening round matchup against Austrian Daniel Guttenberger, he watched his opponent build a 5-1 lead only to win seven of the next eight to pull out an 8-6 victory.

Playing in a winner’s side matchup on the second day of the Championship, Van Boening found himself in a familiar place as he trailed Canadian Martin Daigle 7-4. Once again, the American used some strong shot making along with a couple of mistakes by his opponent to come from behind and win, 8-7, to remain undefeated in the 128-player event at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.

Van Boening jumped out to a 2-0 lead but his opponent used a safety exchange and the miss of a routine 8 ball by his opponent to tie the match, then took the lead when the American misplayed position on the 3 ball the lost a safety exchange. After he Canadian broke and ran to increase his lead, Van Boening countered with a victory via safety to trim the deficit to 4-3 before failing to pocket a ball on the break and handing his opponent a spread open table and, ultimately, a 5-3 lead.

Daigle broke dry in the ninth game and Van Boening was working his way through the balls and appeared to be in position to win the rack until he rattled the 7 ball in the corner pocket and handed his opponent a 6-3 lead. The South Dakotan was able to gain a game back when his opponent missed position on the 3 ball then committed a foul but Daigle took another dry break from his opponent and cleared the table, increasing the lead to a commanding 7-4.

With one more rack needed to secure the win, the Canadian failed to pocket a ball on the break and Van Boening capitalized, using a missed 7 ball by his opponent to steal the 12th rack, then breaking and running twice to tie the score.

Van Boening had a mostly open table after breaking in the match-deciding game and was able to pocket the 1 ball, use a one rail kick in of the 2 ball and pop in the 3 ball before playing a lock up safety on the 4 ball. Daigle made contact with the ball but left an open shot down the rail which Van Boening shockingly missed then lost a safety exchange on the ball. As Daigle worked his way through the remaining balls he missed a sharp cut on the 9 ball and left it in the pocket’s jaws. Van Boening slammed the ball home then banked the match-winner into the side pocket.

Meanwhile, fellow American Tyler Styer spent his lunchtime breathing a huge sigh of relief as he erased a 7-6 deficit against fellow American Blaine Barcus to win, 8-7. After playing even for the first 12 games, Barcus failed to pocket a ball on the break in the 13th game and Styer was in line to tie the match but scratched in the corner pocket. Barcus took the lead but misplayed a bank shot on the 4 ball in the next game. Styer cleared the table to tie and then, after breaking dry, Barcus left an opening on a safety on the 6 ball and Styer was able to slowly cut the ball in and run out to win the match.

The second day of the event was not without controversy, with Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer Mika Immonen and Filipino Jeffrey De Luna getting into a verbal altercation after in the closing stages of their match winner’s side.

Immonen was working his way through the 14th rack with a 7-6 lead when he pocketed a combination shot on the 9 ball. The referee called a foul, citing that the player did not call the shot but Immonen was adamant that he had. As the official reviewed footage of the play, the two players made comments to each other and, once the call was reversed and Immonen was rewarded the ball, he loudly exclaimed “yes” and proceeded to announce each of his remaining shots, closing out the match, 8-6.

In other notable matches, reigning United States Open champion Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz fell behind Abdullah Alshammari 3-2 before winning six consecutive racks to defeat the Saudi Arabian, 8-3 and reigning World 10-Ball champion Wojciech Szewczyk was eliminated by fellow countryman and Alfa Las Vegas Open champion Wiktor Zielinski, 8-6.

Day three of play begins at 11 a.m. local time with a full slate of matches on the winner’s side, including a matchup of former World 10-Ball champions as Albania’s Eklent Kaci faces Chinese Taipei’s Ko Ping-Chung. Other notable matches include Jung-Lin Chang meeting Mario He and Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz matching up against Lee Van Corteza.









Alblooshi stuns Alcaide while Van Boening Survives Day One of WPA World 10-Ball



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Alblooshi stuns Alcaide while Van Boening Survives Day One of WPA World 10-Ball

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Heading into this year’s WPA Men’s World 10-Ball Championships, there weren’t a whole lot of people who could pick Talal Alblooshi of the United Arab Emirates out of a lineup.

After his first-round match on Tuesday, many spectators – and probably a few fellow competitors – are sure to take note.

Alblooshi erased an early deficit against two-time World Pool Masters champion David Alcaide and defeated the Spaniard 8-7 to advance at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He will now face Australia’s John Wims in a winner’s side second round matchup on Wednesday afternoon.

“I am very happy about being able to play David,” said Alblooshi after the match. “I wanted to play my best and I was lucky because he missed a lot of shots and I got chances.”

The Spaniard built an early 2-0 advantage, but his opponent tied the score thanks to superior safety play in back-to-back racks. Alcaide then displayed some stellar play own by forcing his opponent into a loss when he fouled three times but missed a routine 8 ball in the next game which allowed Alblooshi to even the score. After Alcaide misplayed a 6 ball in the seventh game, his opponent again jumped ahead by two games when the Spaniard missed a tight cut shot on the 4 ball in the next game.

After Alcaide took advantage of a positional error by his opponent and cut the lead to 5-4, he left an opening on the 4 ball after a safety attempt that allowed Alblooshi to tack on another game. Using a safety exchange on the 1 ball, the Spaniard grabbed a game back to narrow the deficit to 6-5 only to scratch on the break in the next game. He got new life in the next game when his opponent misplayed a safety and left the 7 ball in front of the side pocket, allowing him to tie the match and use a safety of his own in the next game to take a 7-6 lead.

Now breaking with a chance to seal the match, Alcaide again scratched on the break which gave Alblooshi a spread-out table to tie the score. After failing to pocket a ball on the break in the match deciding game, Alblooshi knocked home a long shot on the 1 ball after trading safeties once more, running out the rack to seal an 8-7 win.

While Alblooshi was pulling off an early upset, American Shane Van Boening was working to avoid one of his own, coming back to defeat Austria’s Daniel Guttenberger, 8-6.

Guttenberger controlled the match throughout the first half, jumping out to a commanding 5-1 advantage until Van Boening won five of the next six games to catch the Austrian in the 12th game. With a crowd now surrounding the table, the American failed to pocket a ball on the break in the 13th game but didn’t leave an opening on the 1 ball either. After his opponent played a safety, Van Boening successfully jumped the ball in and cleared table to take the lead, then took advantage of a missed bank shot by Guttenberger in the following rack to secure an 8-6 victory.

Approximately 50 feet away, Filipinos Lee Van Corteza and Roberto Gomez were locked in a battle of their own, with Corteza outlasting his fellow countryman, 8-7.

After splitting the first 10 games of the match, Corteza took advantage of a dry break by his opponent to win the next two games and take a 7-5 lead. Gomez snagged two games back to again tie the score heading into the match-deciding rack and, after making two balls on the break in the deciding game, Gomez won a safety exchange on the 2 ball but left an opening on a similar exchange on the 4 ball. Corteza used window to clear the table and advance to the next round where he will face Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer Ralf Souquet.

Later in the evening, two-time Mosconi Cup Most Valuable Player Skyler Woodward met former World 10-Ball champion Ko Ping-Chung, with the young man from Chinese Taipei pulling away down the stretch to defeat the American, 8-5.

Ko jumped out to an early 3-1 advantage until Woodward tacked on two racks of his own to tie the score. After splitting the next two games, the former champion traded safeties with his opponent in the ninth game until he found a window of opportunity and climbed through to regain the lead, then added a break-and-run to again push his lead to two racks. He appeared to be in position to increase his lead more until he missed a 6 ball in the 11th game, allowing Woodward to clear the table and cut the lead to a single game.

At the table now with a chance to again tie the score, Woodward failed to pocket a ball on the break and his opponent ran out to close to within a game of winning the match. When Ko couldn’t land a ball on the break in the following game, it appeared that Woodward was positioned to clear the table until he rattled the 9 ball in the corner pocket, handing Ko an 8-5 win.

In other matches from around the room, Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer Alex Pagulayan used an effective cut break paired with a handful of mistakes by reigning Alfa Las Vegas Open champion Wiktor Zielinski to cruise to an 8-1 victory and Albania’s Eklent Kaci jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage and defeat Joven Bustamante, 8-1.

The second day of competition begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. local time, with notable matches including Alcaide facing former U.S. Open champion Corey Deuel in an elimination match as well as Kaci taking on Radoslaw Babica of Poland and Ko Pin-Yi matching up against Petri Makkonen of Finland on the winner’s side.

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