Six Filipino cue masters notched their first victories in the 46th All Japan Championship being held at the Hotel New Archaic Hall in Amagasaki-city in Hyogo, Japan.
Former world champion Francisco Bustamante led the charge of the Filipinos as he outclassed Tokoro Kanji of Japan, 9-2. He arranged a second-round meeting with another Japanese, Tsuken Sho, a 9-6 winner over his compatriot Haraguchi Toshiyuki.
Also marching into the second round are Dennis Orcollo, Johann Gonzales Chua, Lee Van Corteza, Jeffrey Ignacio and Carlo Biado, who also defeated their respective foes.
Orcollo survived Maruka Yyosuke, 9-8; Chua blasted Sugaya Shintaro, 9-6; Corteza toppled Chen Hsing-Ting of Taiwan; Ignacio nipped Lu Hui-Chan of Taiwan, 9-5; and Biado downed Hsieh Chia-Chen of Taiwan, 9-2.
Orcollo faces Sato Masayuki of Japan, who beat South Korean Kim Woong Dae (9-8); Chua battles Kitatani Yoshihiro of Japan, who outplayed Kamata Michiaki also of Japan (9-7); and Corteza meets Suzuki Atsushi of Japan, who overpowered Majd Al Zabi of the United Arab Emirates (9-0); Ignacio takes on Kikushima Atashi, who thumped Aloysius Yapp of Singapore (9-6); and Biado fights Kagawa Takatoshi of Japan, who hurdled Luu Minh Phuc of Vietnam (9-8).
A total prize fund of $63,160 is up for grabs in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association. The champion gets $18,000 and the runner-up pockets $9,000.
The losing semifinalists will receive $4,500 each.