Corteza advances in China 9-ball tourney

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Veteran cue master Lee Van Corteza scored two straight victories to advance to the main draw of the 2013 China Open 9-Ball Championships being held in Shanghai, China.

Corteza outclassed Marcus Chamat in the opening round, 9-5, then toppled Naoyuki Oi in the next round, 9-3, in Group G to earn a slot in the 32-man knockout stage of the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.

Defending champion Dennis Orcollo, on the other hand, lost to Gerwen Andreas in the first round, 8-9, in Group F and was relegated to the losers’ bracket. He bounced back by with a 9-7 win over Nick van den Berg.

Orcollo must win against Wang Ming to make it to the main draw.

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In other results, former world champion Alex Pagulayan and Carlo Biado also fell to the losers’ side.

Pagulayan defeated Biado in the first round, 9-7, in Group E but bowed to Dang Ju Hu, 4-9, in the second round. Pagulayan will next face Hus Kai Lun.

For his part, Biado vented his ire on Alok Kumar, 9-1, to arrange a duel with Ko Pin-Yi.
Like Orcollo, Pagulayan and Biado must also beat their respective foes to secure main draw berths.

Emil C. Noguera

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