By Aisin Gioro
After a cold rainy day, the sky cleared up. The comfortable breeze brings players good mood to pull out their best performances.
The crowd favorite Mark McGauley picked up his first victory in the match against Zheng Kan. Match was in a dead heat at the beginning, neither had a comfortable lead. Ultimately, Mark got one up on his opponent. Bhupinder Singh Monga from India who became an internet star after his shootout scratch, gained a speedy success, crushing his opponent by 7-2.
Enrique Rojas’ match against Li Ning was filled with twists and turns. The Chilean was not in good form from the outset. Several unforced errors sent his opponent to the match point. Trailing 2-6, Enrique did all his can to catch up. His effort worked. The match was brought to a shootout. Under huge pressure, neither of the players made a shot in 5 rounds. Finally Li won by a neck and sent Enrique to the loser’s bracket.
Mori Manabu encountered Moh Keen Hoe, who defeated Zhang Kunpeng heavily in the Grand Finals. Moh still dominated on the Chinese Pool table. He got an earned victory by 7-2.
A derby took place inside Team Mongolia. After 13 racks, B.Narantuya beat her teammate E.Temuujin 7-6.
Justin Campbell suffered a defeat from Chinese player Li Xiaochen. Both of them struggled a lot in 7 racks. Time was up, Justin failed to tie the scoreline and lost by 3-4.
Justin was not upset after the match, “It was a bit of a shaky start. I didn’t really get off to a good start in the first frame, probably should have won the first frame, that would’ve put me in the front from the start. But as I was a little bit behind I kept on finding my ways back, and I just kept on making mistakes so I just hope I just gotta hope I play better in the next match.” He added, “As I said the format is pretty tough I mean race to 7 on a time limit. It’s easy for players to slow the match down, you have a couple of technical games and the match is gone. But I do enjoy that format I do enjoy sometimes when I am behind. I can play fast and try to catch up. So I do like the format but it’s a bit tough sometimes you know.”
It was without a shadow of a doubt that players will make every effort to survive and get a spot in Stage 2. Tomorrow will be a critical matchday. Please keep following ICEA Chinese Pool to keep up with the World Chinese Pool Masters Linyi Station!
Mark McGauley (NOR) 7:5 Zheng Kan (CHN)
Bhupinder Singh Monga (IND) 7:2 Dong Shucheng (CHN)
Enrique Rojas (CHL) 6:7 Li Ning (CHN)
Nils Johanning (GER) 3:6 Shen Shenyi (CHN)
Justin Campbell (AUS) 3:4 Li Xiaochen (CHN)
B.Nyamdarjaa (MNG) 6:7 Liu Shuai (CHN)
Preecha Boonmoung (THA) 3:5 E.Bayaraa (MON)
A.Delgerkhuu (MNG) 7:1 Feng Ruishuang (CHN)
Tunku Hammam (MYS) 0:7 Ma Yang (CHN)
David Mbuthi (KEN) 5:4 Mao Yazhou (CHN)
B.Narantuya (MNG) 7:6 E.Temuujin (MNG)
Bernadette Bodo (HUN) 0:7 Tang Jianfei (CHN)
T.Otgonbayar (MNG) 0:7 Li Hewen (CHN)
Ricardo Miranda (POR) 7:2 Zhu Chenghai (CHN)
Tanaka Yuya (JPN) 2:7 Zhou Zheng (CHN)