By Aisin Gioro
International contingent suffered substantial damages from Day5. As the format changed to Single Elimination, players are on the edge of an abyss. One careless step may cause loss of the whole match.
16 seeded players bring their dominance into play as soon as they took part in the battle. Chu Bingjie got a neat and quick victory over Gao Zihang. And also Wang Peng, member of International Dream Team. He defeated his opponent in only 11 racks.
Reza Hassan just experienced a situation of big rise and fall. He caught the last bus to Stage 2 yesterday night but met his Waterloo facing Xi Shouxin, a definitely strong seeded player. The match was almost leaned to one side. Xi got the victory with an irresistible force.
Team Mongolia departed from the tournament. A.Delgerkhuu and G.Gan-Orkhon were both downed. And later on their matches, E. Bayaraa also followed his teammates’ steps.
Struggling 15 racks, Bayaraa swallowed a narrow defeat 7-8. B.Narantuya and B.Nyamdorj were also knocked out successively.
Moh Keen Hoe’s performance was as steady as always. He faced Zheng Boyang, and knocked his opponent out in 13 frames.
Justin Campbell picked up Shan Hongyu, a famous Chinese player. He continued his perfect performance. Trailing 4-6, Justin started his counterattack. His efforts soon paid off. In the rest of match, he blazed his way forward through all the difficulties and advanced victoriously. He kept a clean sheet and survived successfully, which made him keep moving on the way to Stage 3.
Although some of our familiar faces are out of the tournament, there’s still no doubt that tomorrow will be as good as it gets. Let’s look forward to their better performances!