By Aisin Gioro and Bolong Zhang
After a day of fierce competition, the results took on a trend of polarization. Some of the players have caught the early bus to the Stage 2, and some had to wave goodbye to the tournament.
Ryan Hidalgo met Xiao Xiangyu in his do-or-die match. Falling the into the loser’s side, victory for one means elimination for the other. After 11 frames, Xiao clinched a Stage 2 spot with a 7-4 victory. German promoter & player Nils Johanning lost to Piao Shiyang 3-6. Losses of two players seemed to set off a chain reaction. Juan Duran and G.Gantulga and were also knocked out.
Team Mongolia suffered another loss with the elimination of B.Nyamdarjaa. Failing to turn the game around yesterday, B.Nayamdarjaa had to use all his skills to survive. His opponent Peng Zixuan, however, was obviously in better condition. Ultimately, Peng saw off Nayamdarjaa 7-3.
In an all-Japanese encounter, Mori Manabu defeated fellow countryman Suzuku Kengo to stay in the tournament. They shared the opening two racks today, before Mori surged clear.
Justin Campbell proved himself through the match against Yu Changjiang. He was in superb touch today. Several successful bank and jump shots saw him through to tomorrow’s showdown.
Female player Liu Xiazhi progressed courtesy of a 7-5 defeat of Moh Keen Hoe. Although Moh exerted his energy to turn the tide, Liu controlled the tempo firmly.
Stage 1 will end tomorrow night. It’s still hard to tell who will emerge victorious.