Newly crowned World Champion Shane Van Boening and Defending Champion Alexander Kazakis are both out of the 2022 World Pool Masters at the Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar live on Sky Sports, DAZN, Viaplay, and Matchroom.Live in selected countries after losses to Lo Ho Sum and Dennis Orcollo respectively.
Alexander Kazakis 0-7 Dennis Orcollo
Max Lechner 7-2 Dimitri Jungo
Shane Van Boening 6-7 Lo Ho Sum
Kazakis came into the contest on a high after a run to the quarter-finals of the World Pool Championship last month and a whitewash win in last year’s final over Shane Van Boening but the Greek was rooted to his chair as Orcollo rallied at a canter to the quarter-finals. It was a clinic from Orcollo who has now won 14 racks in a row after coming from 4-0 down behind in his afternoon Preliminary Stage match with Eklent Kaçi. Kazakis’ opportunities were few and far between and he missed a big one in the fourth rack after losing the cue ball off the six, he failed to get any position on the eight and clear up the rest of the rack. At 4-0 down, Kazakis missed the five ball when looking to cut it in the top right corner and that was then Orcollo 5-0 up and two away from victory. From then on, Orcollo breezed into the quarter-finals where he will play the winner of Joshua Filler and Skyler Woodward.
Max Lechner is appearing in his second World Pool Masters after making his debut last year and started his campaign against Dimitri Jungo who had overcome Mario He in his preliminary clash on Thursday evening. Lechner headed into the tournament as the No.5 seed off the 2022 Nineball World Rankings and it was justified as he raced into a 6-0 lead before Jungo put on a fight to get two on the board at 6-2 but it proved to be too little too late for the Swiss as Lechner wrapped up the last rack.
Van Boening faced a tricky Last 16 clash with Lo who had beaten Denis Grabe in his opening encounter on Thursday. It did seem to be business as usual for Van Boening who led 2-1 but breaking in the fourth, the American went in off and Lo made it 2-2. Lo plays out of Hong Kong, China and soon the former Junior World medalist was 4-2 ahead and only looking up as Van Boening faltered. Van Boening was trying his best to get into it at 4-3 but he missed a full-length effort on the two to open up the table for Lo who then led 5-3. Lo broke and run in the ninth rack to be on the hill but the contest was far from done in the following rack after Lo missed the 5 along the rail with only the seven and nine left up on the table. Van Boening got back in to make it 6-4 and soon 6-5 to make it a tense finale.
Fans were treated to the best of Van Boening as he made a comeback for the ages in Milton Keynes at the World Pool Championship and he lived up to his reputation to force the first hill-hill finish of the week. Van Boening cracked in the last rack though with a scratch early on before Lo came back to secure a historic victory. Van Boening struggled to break and run losing the rack on four occasions where he broke.
The Last 16 continues from 1 pm Central European Time with defending two-time champion David Alcaide meeting Ko Pin Yi who beat brother Ping Chung earlier today. Jayson Shaw’s conquerer faces US Open runner-up Aloysius Yapp before Abdullah Alyousef takes on the majestic and always unpredictable Naoyuki Oi of Japan.
Saturday 7th May – Afternoon Session – Last 16 – 12:00pm UK time
David Alcaide (4) vs Ko Pin Yi
Aloysius Yapp (6) vs Mieszko Fortunski
Naoyuki Oi (7) vs Abdullah Alyousef
Saturday 7th May – Evening Session – Last 16 / Quarter Final 1 – 5:30pm UK time
Joshua Filler (8) vs Skyler Woodward
Albin Ouschan (3) vs Francisco Sanchez Ruiz
Quarter Final 1