PH masters cruise into US Open 9-Ball quarterfinals


Veteran campaigners Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Warren Kiamco and Dennis Orcollo barged into the quarterfinals on Friday in the 2014 US Open 9-Ball Championship at the Norfolk Marriott Chesapeake in Virginia, US.

Bustamante, the 2010 World 9-Ball champion, posted an easy 11-5 win over German Thorsten Hohmann while Kiamco, a silver medalist in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, hurdled past Nick van den Berg of the Netherlands, 11-9.

Orcollo, for his part, beat compatriot Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes, 11-5.

The 50-year old Bustamante guns for a spot in the first phase of the semifinals when he goes up against Mexican Ernesto Dominguez, who defeated American Chris Futrell, 11-5.

Kiamco faces Nick Ekonomopoulos of Greece, an 11-10 winner over American Corey Deuel and Orcollo battles American Mike Dechaine, who outplayed Canadian Jason Klatt, 11-7.

On the other hand, Reyes must win all his next games in the losers’ bracket to remain in contention in the tournament that employs a double-elimination format. He will meet the winner between Indian Raj Hundal and Japanese Kenichi Uchigaki.

Unheralded Rodrigo Geronimo also stayed in hunt with an 11-9 victory over Imran Majid of Great Britain. Geronimo tackles American Justin Bergman in his next game.

Meanwhile, Rubilen Amit and Cheska Centeno were booted out in the 2014 Women’s World 9-Ball Championships being held in Guilin, China.

Amit lost to Kuo Azu Tinh of Taiwan, 8-9, in the Round-of-32 and Centeno succumbed to Gao Meng of China, 6-7, in the group stage.


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