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Germany’s Souquet lead winners in Puerto Princesa Cup Billiards opening (Sports) PDF Print E-mail

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, June 20 (PNA)-- Three double world champion Ralf Souquet defeated Oliver Villafuerte in a lopsided fight, 9-2 as the second leg of the Philippine Pool Tour unfolded Friday morning at the coliseum here.

Souquet, who hails from Germany, maintained his composure against Davao-born Villafuerte who committed more missed shots.

”I felt a little comfortable due to the weather condition, but it was a pretty win and I am looking for my next match”, Souquet told PNA.

He said he has suffered minor headache due to the weather condition. “It makes me a little comfortable, but it’s part of the situation”.

Asked about his chance, “I am one of the favorites”.

It will not easy for Souquet as he also faces other three double world champions Wu Chia-Ching and Thorsten Hohmann in the three-day tournament

The German cue master is the first world champion to be crowned this year after his victory last April in the World 8-Ball Championship in Fujairah, UAE.

He bested Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines, who had earlier beaten him in the 2006 finals of the World 9-Ball Championship in Manila.

Wu of Taiwan was double world champion in 9-ball and 8-ball in 2005, when he stunned the world pool community when he was just 17 years old.

Hohmann for his part won the 2003 world 9-ball championship in Cardiff, Wales, and the world straight pool championship in New York in 2005.

The trio of champions will be testing their mettle in the new discipline of 10 Ball, which the World Pool-Billiards Association (WPA) officially introduced into the world tournament calendar this year.

Souquet’s possible rival in the coveted championship title Chang Jun-Lin of Taiwan, who has recently dominated the Guinness 9-Ball Tour for Asian players for the last two years.

He took the Guinness grand championship in 2007 and this year he has already won all three legs of the tour.

Other entries include from England, Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam and Philippines which composed 32 tough competitors.

Other morning match winners were Jeff “The Bull” de Luna defeated Edgar Acaba, 9-1, Pin Yi won over Junbert Ogang, 9-3, Jordan Legaspi triumphed over Mario Tolentino, 9-7, Kenji Taguchi crushed Rocky Tullao and Marlon Manalo trounced Chien-Te Chung.

Meanwhile, Mayor Edward Hagedorn warmly welcomed the world’s best pool players for their participation in boosting the city's bid to become the country's “Sports Capital”.

”I am grateful, proud and happy that for the first time, a world class billiard tournament is being held in Puerto Princesa”, Hagedorn said in his speech.(PNA)

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