Filipino Dennis Orcollo looked very strong against Spain’s capable Francisco Diaz Pizarro, winning easily, 9-4, in the 2015 World 9-Ball Championship being held at the Al Arabi Sports Club Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.
Antonio Gabica, who lives in Qatar and coaches the Qatar national pool team, always seems to perform well in this event, and he showed he is going to be a stingy opponent as he easily beat one of the Middle East’s best players, Kuwait’s Omar Alsheen, 9–3.
One of the Philippines rising young players, Jeffry Ignacio, who gained entry into the event by winning a qualifier, also looked solid in a 9-7 win over Sweden’s Andreas Gerwen.
Two time world 9-ball champion Thorsten Hohmann also found victory with an easy 9-3 win over Jordan’s Nizar Mosbah Tamimi.
Taiwan’s Fong Pang Chao, who has also won this event twice, the first time 22 years ago, has clearly rolled back the years. Chao came to Doha without a spot and won one of the brutal qualifiers to gain entry into the main event. In his first match, Chao manhandled China’s top player, Liu Haitao, 9 – 5.