16 Filipino cue artists enter Last 64

REIGNING National Open champion Lee Vann Corteza defeated Marcus Chamat of Sweden, 9-6, in their do-or-die match in Group L to join 15 other Filipino cue artists in the knockout phase of the 2011 World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World 9-Ball Championship at the Al Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday night, June 28.

Corteza, whose stint here is supported by JSY Sports, Kopiko and Energen, will face countryman Oliver Medenilla in the round-of-64.

Medenilla beat Nguyen Phuong Thao of Vietnam, 9-6, to finish undefeated with two wins in Group G.

The other Filipinos who made it to the Last 64 through the loser’s bracket were Antonio Gabica, Caneda Villamor, Roberto Gomez, Vicenancio Tanio, Joven Alba, Israel Rota, Raymond Faraon and former WPA 9-ball and 8-ball champion Ronato Alcano.

Gabica advanced by beating Fu Jian Bo of China, 9-8, in Group B, while Villamor won over Lee Gun Kae of Korea, 9-7, in Group D, Gomez routed Christian Tuvi of Uruguay, 9-4, in Group E, Tanio toppled Lee Chen Man of Hongkong, 9-4, in Group I, Alba downed Sundeep Gulat of India, 9-4, in Group J, Rota edged  Bader Al Awadi of Kuwait, 9-8, in Group K, Faron demolished Mohammad Al Hazmi of Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, 9-3, in Group M and Alcano smashed Nguyen Phuo Long of Vietnam, 9-1, in Group M.

Defending champion Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Efren “Bata” Reyes, Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo, Carlo “Cool’ Biado, Jeffrey “The Bull” de Luna, Allan Cuartero and Antonio “Nikoy” Lining, earlier made it to the Last 64 after posting two wins in their group stage play.

Bustamante nipped Alazmi Majed of Kuwait, 9-4, in Group D, Reyes beat Konstantin Stepanov of Russia, 9-3, in Group A, Orcollo dismantled Jalal Yousef of Venezuela, 9-3, In Group A, Biado hammered Lee Gun Jae of Korea, 9-2, in Group D, de Luna outplayed Riyan Setiawan of Indonesia, 9-4, in Group H, Cuartero waylaid Mohamad Al Sofi of Syria, 9-5 in Group L, and Lining crushedCheng Chieh Liu of Chinese-Taipei, 9-4, in Group P. Liberty Icao

Last 64 Pairing (Single Knockout):

Lee Vann Corteza versus Oliver Medenilla

Vicenancio Tanio versus Nick van den Berg of the Netherlands

Carlo Biado versus Takhti Zarekani of Iran

Antonio Gabica versus Mika Immonen of Finland

Allan Cuartero versus Ahmad Taufiq Murni of Brunei

Joven Alba versus Chang Jun-lin of Chinese-Taipei

Ronato Alcano versus Chris Orme of the USA

Israel Rota versus Chang Yu-lun of Chinese-Taipei

Antonio Lining versus Oliver Ortmann of Germany

Dennis Orcollo versus Muhammad Zulfikri of India

Efren “Bata” Reyes versus Carlos Cabello of Spain

Francisco “Django” Bustamante versus Sascha-Andrej Tege of Germany

Jeffrey de Luna versus Fu Che wei of Chinese-Taipei

Roberto Gomez versus Daryl Peach of Great Britain

Raymund Faraon versus Stephan Cohen of France

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