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.
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