By Aisin Gioro
We are coming to a close in the 4th day in Huanan. The survivors had to face the more crucial Single Elimination format, which means every mistake may be fatal and result in defeat. It's not only an ordeal of skills but also of stability.
Nuno Manuel from Portugal encountered Chinese player Wang Li. After a faltering start of 1-3, he battled back to level the match and then led for the first time at 5-4. With time running out, he turned the tide successfully and won 6-4.
Kenyan player Samuel Karuru met former snooker player Shen Chongyang. Shen is obviously more experienced. He worked his way to a 9-2 thrashing.
In the match between Suzuki Kengo and Zhou Lei, both players were not in a good form. Suzuki made more mistakes and punished by his opponent. Zhou Lei kept a 3-rack lead, which saw his temporary security.
Johann " Bad Koi " Chua’s opponent was Chinese Player Jiang Cheng. Trailing 0-2, Johann started to dominate the table with his superior performance and won the successive 7 racks. Jiang did not give up in such adversity but narrowed the gap gradually until 6-7, when there were only 5 minutes left. In the last rack, Johann played a nice safety and made Jiang’s attempt in vain.
Talented young player Sanjin Pehlivanović played Su Niri, who has been in good shape lately. Su was still unstoppable at the start of the match, he got on the hill with a heavy score 8-2. Just when almost everyone thought the game was over, Sanjin started to fight back. He won the following 5 racks and caught up from behind 8-7. Unfortunately, in the most critical rack, he made a fatal mistake on the 8. Su didn’t let the chance go, he ran out from there and got a 9-7 narrow victory.
Stage 2 will continue tomorrow morning as we keep bringing you the live coverage from the historic town of Huanan.