Wu & Yu Triumph at China Open 9 Ball
August 31, 2016 09:56
The China Open, which ran from August 21st - 28th sees two new champions.
Han Yu, currently holding the World No.3 position took on two-time world ladies champion Liu Sha Sha in a tense and tight battle, although it didn't begin this way.
With Liu Sha Sha leading 8-5 in a race to 9, it looked like another title was guaranteed. But when an illegal break allowed Han Yu back to the table, the game took an unexpected twist...
Han took the frame to go 8-6 behind, and subsequently cleared the rack on her own break to take her back to within one frame of the world No.1.
Sha Sha then went on to make yet another illegal break, but Han bravely put her opponent back in and waited for her to make a further mistake, allowing Han to level the scores at 8 a piece.
Fortunately for Han, her break didn't let her down on the day and after a favourable split in the deciding frame, went on to run the rack out and claim the title of 2016 Women's China Open champion.
The mens competition saw the first of the semi-finals between world No.1 Kenny Cheng and Kunlin Wu. This was the fourth consecutive match that Cheng has won on the deciding frame.
Cheng had to come back from trailing 4-0 after Wu started the stronger player.
After playing what can only be described as possibly shot of the tournament in the deciding rack, Cheng went on win the match and secure his place in the final.
But who would he meet?
The other semi-final saw Wu Jiaqing take on Ko Pin Yi. Wu had been in tremendous form throughout this event and was most definitely worthy of his 11-6 win against Ko to cement his place in the final, especially after dispatching Niels Feijen 9-8 in the double elimination section earlier on in the competition.
Ko put in an astounding effort, convincingly defeating the reigning World 9-Ball Champion, Albin Ouschan 11-6 and despatching Alex Pagualayan in a final frame decider at 10 a piece, but Wu juat proved too much for him.
Wu Jiaqing was undoubtedly the in-form player of the tournament, and continued his fluent play through to the end, defeating Cheng 11-4 and taking the 2016 China Open title.
However, thanks to his valiant and strong performance in this competition, Cheng will retain his Number 1 world ranking spot.