Reyes, Corteza bid in China Open
FILIPINO Efren “Bata” Reyes and Lee Vann “The Slayer” Corteza expect a tough grind when they spearhead the country’s charge in the 2010 China Open which gets underway on September 26 at the Minya Hotel in Shanghai, China.
Both Reyes and Corteza dominated the Predator Sweet 16 and 10th Annual Predator International 10-Ball Championship, respectively.
Both tournaments were witnessed by local crown as it held at The Block in SM North Edsa, Quezon City.
The back-to-back event was organized by Dragon Promotions and supported by Predator CEO/ President Karim Belhaj and long-time billiards patron Sebastian”Baste” Chua of the famous Star Billiards Center.
Reyes, the Hall-of-Famer and icon in world of billiards, proved he still the magic and skills to dominate big time tournament and his latest win gives confident to his long time benefactor Aristeo “Putch” Puyat to pick the Filipino champ to win the China Open.
“He still in his prime, no doubt about it. Kayang-kaya pa rin niyang manalo,” said Puyat.
“It will be a very tough match against the top Asian players (Chinese-Taipei, China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam) as well as the players from Europe and America,” he added.
Also vying in the Open sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) and Asian Pocket Billards Union (APBU) are reigning WPA World 9-ball champion Francisco “Django” Bustamante, 2006 Doha Asian Games 9-ball silver medallist and 2007 Manny Pacquiao International 9-ball Champion Jeffrey “The Bull” de Luna, Southeast Asian Games gold medallists Marlon “Marvelous” Manalo, Warren “Warrior” Kiamco and Japan Champion Ramil “Bebeng” Gallego.
According to Ian de Luna, wife of power-breaker Jeffrey de luna, the Filipino pool wizards are also schedule to compete in the forthcoming 2010 International Challenge of Champions on October 4 to 6 at the Mohegan Sun’s Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, 2010 US Open 9-ball Championships on October 17 to 21 in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, 2010 Asian Games on November 12 to 27 in Guangzhou, China and 2010 All Japan Championships on November 23 to 28 in Hyogo, Japan.