Joshua Filler survived being knocked to the loser’s side by Alex Pagulayan on day two of the World Pool Championship 2023 in Kielce, Poland as only 64 remain after two days of action live on Sky Sports, Viaplay, DAZN, Matchroom.Live and TV networks worldwide.
Filler faced Pagulayan early on for a spot in the Last 64 to avoid an extra match in Losers’ Qualification round this evening. The Killer fell to a 9-7 defeat, his second defeat to the Canadian in a matter of days after a loss at the Derby City Classic. It left Filler having to beat Daniele Corrieri to ensure his hunt for a second world title would continue and he did so in emphatic fashion in a 9-1 dismantling. Crucially, defeat to Pagulayan meant Filler lost his seeded position in the bracket ahead of the Last 64 redraw.
Other top seeds had less trouble as Shane Van Boening stepped past Mats Schjetne 9-2 whilst two-time winner Albin Ouschan put Khalid Alghamdi onto the losers side. Jayson Shaw meanwhile took out young German Tobias Bongers 9-5 and World Cup of Pool winner David Alcaide whitewashed Jani Uski to secure an afternoon off.
Last year’s semi-finalist Abdullah Alyousef suffered a 9-3 defeat to USA hotshot Shane Wolford to be sent home at the first major hurdle whilst Oliver Szolnoki suffered the same fate in a hill-hill finish against Ajdin Piknjac. 2021 runner-up Omar Al-Shaheen struggled for his groove against Denis Grabe as the Estonian came good to knock the 2021 runner-up out the competition. There was frustration for 1996 champion Ralf Souquet also, the Kaiser well beaten by Pole Daniel Maciol in Winners’ Qualification before defeat at the hands of Dimitri Jungo. Home favourite Mieszko Fortunski was also knocked out with the World Pool Masters semi-finalist knocked out by Lars Kuckherm.
The 32 players who qualified through Winners’ Qualification were seeded in the Last 64 redraw against an unseeded player who came through the Losers Qualification matches with Karl Boyes completing the draw with Rachel Casey on the Matchroom Pool YouTube page. Pagulayan and Filler will have to dance again after being drawn against each other whilst defending champion Van Boening will come up against Uski.
Action returns from midday local time tomorrow on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, Viaplay in Poland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, and the Netherlands, DAZN in the USA and Italy as well as on Matchroom.Live and broadcasters worldwide. Table 2 and Table 3 are on the Matchroom Pool and Multi Sport YouTube Channels respectively and Viaplay in above listed territories. See where to watch here.
Last 64 Draw
|Shane Van Boening||VS||Jani Uski|
|Aloysius Yapp||VS||Chris Melling|
|David Alcaide||VS||Wojciech Szewczwk|
|Lo Ho Sum||VS||Duong Quoc Hoang|
|Max Lechner||VS||Ruben Bautista|
|Nick Van Den Berg||VS||Johann Chua|
|Naoyuki Oi||VS||Emil-Andre Gangflot|
|Alexander Kazakis||VS||Wu Kun Lin|
|Sebastian Batkowski||VS||Francesco Candela|
|Ali Nasser Al Obaidli||VS||James Aranas|
|Imran Majid||VS||Mika Immonen|
|Mariusz Skoneczny||VS||Mohammad Soufi|
|Gerson Martinez||VS||Lars Kukcherm|
|Mateusz Sniegocki||VS||Fabio Petroni|
|Daniel Maciol||VS||Dimitri Jungo|
|Albin Ouschan||VS||Tyler Styer|
|Alex Pagulayan||VS||Johshua Filler|
|Aleksa Pecelj||VS||Roman Hybler|
|Sanjin Pehlivanovic||VS||Petri Makkonen|
|Niels Feijen||VS||Adjn Piknjac|
|Eklent Kaci||VS||Mario He|
|Ko Ping Chung||VS||Shane Wolford|
|John Morra||VS||Luong Duc Thien|
|Jayson Shaw||VS||Besar Spahiu|
|Wiktor Zielinski||VS||Mickey Krause|
|Jose Alberto Delgado||VS||Moritz Neuhausen|
|Chang Jung-Lin||VS||Hunter Lombardo|
|Ko Pin Yi||VS||Jan Van Lierop|
|Konrad Juszczyszyn||VS||Nguyen Anh Tuan|
|Robbie Capito||VS||Denis Grabe|
|Thorsten Hohmann||VS||Khalid Alghamdi|
|Francisco Sanchez Ruiz||VS||Oscar Dominguez|