Veteran campaigners Lee Van Corteza and Dennis Orcollo also scored their opening game victories in the prestigious World 9-Ball Championships being held at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar. Corteza outclassed Mohd Ali Berjawi of Lebanon while Orcollo blasted Majid Gharehgozlou of Iran in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Corteza and Orcollo joined opening-game winners Marlon Villamor, Antonio Gabica, Ramil Gallego, Jeff de Luna, Israel Rota, Francisco Bustamante and Raymund Faraon.
Villamor clobbered Kong Bu Hong of Hong Kong, 9-4; Gabico outplayed Sniegocki Mateusz of Poland, 9-7; Gallego nipped Khamis Obaidly of Qatar, 9-3; de Luna toppled Radoslaw Babica of Poland, 9-5; Rota beat Han Hao Xiang of China, 9-5; Bustamante defeated Mario Morra of Canada, 9-5; and Faraon trounced 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 while Biado succumbed to Chris Melling of Great Britain then thumped Saleh Ameen of Qatar, 9-4.
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) in the event which offers $36,000 to the champion and $18,000 to the runner-up.