Veteran campaigners Lee Van Corteza and Dennis Orcollo won their opening games in the World 9-Ball Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Corteza outclassed Mohd Ali Berjawi of Lebanon while Orcollo blasted Majid Gharehgozlou of Iran.
Corteza and Orcollo joined opening-game winners Marlon Villamor, Antonio Gabica, Ramil Gallego, Jeff de Luna, Israel Rota, Francisco Bustamante and Raymund Faraon.
Villamor won over Kong Bu Hong of Hong Kong, 9-4; Gabico over Sniegocki Mateusz of Poland, 9-7; Gallego over Khamis Obaidly of Qatar, 9-3; de Luna over Radoslaw Babica of Poland, 9-5; Rota over Han Hao Xiang of China, 9-5; Bustamante over Mario Morra of Canada, 9-5; and Faraon over Mohd Buainain of Qatar, 9-4.
Legendary cue master Efrec Reyes and Carlo Biado, on the other hand, are in a must-win situation in the losers’ bracket.
Reyes lost to Hsu Kai Lun of Taiwan, 5-9, but bounced back with a 9-4 beating of American Shawn Wilke.
Biado lost to Chris Melling of Great Britain then thumped Saleh Ameen of Qatar,
The first Filipino casualty was Recky Boy Puro who bowed to Phil Burford of Great
Britain (9-6) and Mario He of Austria (9-6).
The tournament, sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association, offers $36,000
to the champion and $18,000 to the runner-up.
EMIL C. NOGUERA