By Aisin Gioro
International contingent suffered heavy loss today. Many international players met their Waterloo.
Obviously, however, South Africa's very own Jason Theron is not one of them. He won a tough match against Chinese player Wang Shengye. A frequenter in Last 32, Wang knocked out Jeffrey Ignacio at the Xiushui Station. At the beginning of the match, Wang took a comfortable lead. But Jason kept narrowing the gap and tied the scoreline 5-5. Then he won the last two crucial frames and got a hard-fought victory.
Emerging force Sanjin Pehlivanovic met accomplished Chinese player Xie Zhaohui. The battle between senior and rising star was not as intense as it’s supposed to be. Sanjin got a bad shooting day, Xie controlled the rhythm and had a quick win 7-1.
Indian player Bhupinder Singh Monga encountered Chinese player Sun Mingming, who defeated Zheng Yubo on one occasion last year. It’s admirable that merely 5 months after his first visit to China in January, Monga became a qualifier host in Thailand. Despite swallowing a loss, Monga had great passion and affection towards the sport.
Roland Garcia encountered veteran player Yin Hongxing. The 9-ball world championship runner-up was in good form and got on the hill 6-2. His opponent, however, withstood the pressure and nearly got back on level terms. Experience prevailed in the end and Roland won 7-5.
Winning or going home, The match between Reza Hassan and Ryan Gilfellow is bound to be fierce. Reza seized the initiative in the battle, took the lead and kept the gap to the end. A 7-3 victory saw Reza a silver lining.
International players including Johann “Bad Koi” Chua, will continue to fight in Stage 1 tomorrow. It will be as good as it gets. Who can bring their talents into full play? Let’s wait and see!