Streaking Warren Kiamco of the Philippines upset World No. 5 Darren Appleton and maintained solid form to qualify first in the tough Round of 16 of the World 10-Ball Championships in General Santos City.
Despite the seemingly lopsided 11-5 score, Kiamco toiled hard and relied on solid breaks to reach relatively easy runouts and maintain the hot winning form that won him the Derby City 9-ball classic only last week in Louisville, Kentucky.
“Nothing is easy here. Every shot is tough. You need a little luck to win,” said the 44-year-old Kiamco, ranked 17th in the world of his chances of entering into the Magic 8.
Getting in the way of that dream is young and dangerous Cheng Yu Hsuan of Taiwan, 27, and 95th in the world. Cheng easily disposed of compatriot Liu Ri Teng, 11-2, to arrange a showdown with Kiamco, who hails from Cebu.
Another Filipino, Jundel Mazon, squandered a 10-4 lead, lost miserably and failed to qualify, losing to giant-killer Indonesian Irsa Nasution, 11-10. Nasution, the 27-year-old Jakarta native, has also claimed the scalp of World No. 7 and fourth seed Dennis Orcollo in his Round-of-32 match, 11-8, Thursday evening.
Lee Van Corteza upset World No. 6 and third seed Albin Ouschan of Austria also late Thursday in Round-of-64 hostilities. He was locked in a fierce battle with another Taiwanese ace, Fu Che Wei, in his own bid to enter the Round-of-32, as of press time, as other Filipinos fell by the wayside.
Legendary Francisco “Django” Bustamante had the smallest of mistakes and it was enough for David Alcaide of Spain to win, 11-9, in other featured Round-of-64 matches on Thursday night.