It was a marathon pool session not for the faint of heart. The last 32 players of the 2013 World 9-Ball Championship began play 11 am on Thursday at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar. Roughly 12 hours later, the final four was set.
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Action at the WPA World 9-Ball Championships
Biado was the first one to make the semis with a surprisingly easy win over Chris Melling, 11-3. His quarterfinals fixture was a stark contrast to his previous matches when he saw thrilling hill-hill battles with Shane Van Boening (United States of America) and Fabio Petroni (Italy), and both times came out on top with an 11-10 victory.
In the semis, Biado will meet Hohmann, who beat Jeffrey de Luna (Philippines), 11-7.
Hohmann’s big streak started in the Round of 64 when he booted out defending champion Darren Appleton (Great Britain), 11-5. In the Round of 32, Hohmann defeated yet another Filipino in Dennis Orcullo, 11-8.
The other semis pairing will feature another Filipino in Antonio Gabica, who will battle Boyes for a finals slot.
Gabica edged Oliver Ortmann (Germany), 11-8, in the third round before winning another close one over Ko Pin Yi (Chinese-Taipei), 11-9. Gabica’s biggest test came in the semis when Nick Van den Berg (Netherlands) pushed him to the hill.
Boyes beat Huidji See (Netherlands), 11-8, in the morning session; defeated Lo Li Wen (Chinese-Taipei) in a hill-hill match, 11-10, in the Round of 16; and then took care of Nick Ekonomopulos, 11-8, in the quarterfinals.
Gabica and Hohmann won their respective semifinals matches to advance to the championship.
2013 World 9-Ball Championship - Finals
Finals - Sept 13, 2013 (Friday)
Thorsten Hohmann (Germany) def. Antonio Gabica (Philippines), 13-6
Semifinals - Sept 13, 2013 (Friday)
Antonio Gabica (Philippines) def. Karl Boyes (United Kingdom), 11-6
Thorsten Hohmann (Germany) def. Carlos Biado (Philippines), 11-4
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