All-Pinoy final in China Open?

FILIPINO Lee Vann “The Slayer” Corteza  advanced to the Final Four of the China 9-ball Open, beating  Taiwanese Chang Jung-lin on Sunday at the Minya Hotel in Shanghai, China.

“We just hope for a possible All Filipino finale in China 9-ball Open,” said the Davao City Corteza, top player of Jonathan Sy’s Negros Billiard Stable (NBS) whose stint here is supported by Kopiko and Energen.

“Let’s pray for the remaining games of our Filipino athletes (Lee Vann Corteza and Antonio Lining). Hope we can win the championships’ trophy in China 9-ball meet,” said long-time billiards patron Jonathan “Bacolod” Sy.

Corteza, currently ranked No. 2 in the world,  is set to play Yu Long Zhang of China, winner over Americans Shane Van “The South Dakota Kid’ Boening, 11-9, in the semifinal duel.

Corteza,  earlier,  beat Yukio Akakariyama of Japan, 11-6, in the round-of-32 and Zhi Dong Lang of China, 11-9, in the round-of-16, respectively.

In the Group stage play, Corteza defeated Wang Guobin of Chinese-Taipei, 11-6, before losing to Ko Pin-yi of Chinese-Taipei, 3-11, and was relegated in the loser’s brackets in Group 2. He beat Naoyuki Oi of Japan, 11-5, in the do-or-die match to advance in the knock-out stage (round-of-32).

Meanwhile, Antonio “Nickoy” Lining and Liu Hai Tao defeated their respective quarter-final rivals to set up their semi-final duel between.

Lining, the pride of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro also supported by Jonathan Sy’s Negros Billiard Stable (NBS) outclassed countryman Jeffrey “The Bull” De Luna, 11-3, while Liu stopped the winning run of Filipino pool legend Efren “Bata” Reyes, 11-2.

In the women’s side,  lone Filipina hopeful Rubilen “Bingkay”Amit bowed to Allison Fisher of Great Britain, 9-3, in the quarter-final match.

Fisher continued her winning run by beating fellow Briton Karen Korr, 9-0, in the semi-final round to arrange a titular showdown with Si Ming Chen of China.

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