• UNHERALDED IGNACIO BAGS RUNNER-UP PLUM IN 2014 CHINA OPEN 9-BALL

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    Unheralded Jeffrey Ignacio settled for the runner-up honors in the 2014 China Open 9-Ball men’s division held at the Pudong Yuanshen Stadium in Shanghai. The 22-year-old Ignacio suffered a 5-11 loss to veteran cue master Chang Yu-Lung of Taiwan in their championship match. Ignacio, nonetheless, pocketed a whopping $20,000 runner-up purse while Chang went home with $40,000. Ignacio made his presence felt in the tournament by ousting perennial title contenders including former world champion Mika Immonen via an 11-6 decision in the quarterfinals. He also nipped Karol Skowerski of Poland in the first round, 11-8; John Morra of Canada in the second round, 11-8; and compatriot Carlo Biado in the semifinals, 11-6. The Batangas native earned a spot in the main draw after scoring 2-1 in the Group Stage. He beat Alejandro Carvajal of Chile (9-8) then bowed to Immonen (3-9) before bouncing back with a 9-7 victory over another Filipino Warren Kiamco. In the women’s division, reigning World 10-Ball champion Rubilen Amit posted a 9-8 opening round win over Chou Chieh-Yu of Taiwan but fell short against eventual champion Yu Han of China in the next round, 7-9.

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