By Aisin Gioro
Under the cruel Single Elimination of Stage 2, only one of the four players in each group can go further in the tournament. Therefore, each player has to regard each match as their last one, and only by exerting all their potential and strength can they stand out from the crowd.
Argentina’s player Fidel Rodriguez met Chinese player Bi Yangyang. Bi had complete control of the early stage of the match and raced to a 6-3 lead until the first time-out. Fidel failed to make a strong counter-attack for the rest of the game. Bi kept the 3-rack lead until the end, and finally beat Fidel 9-6.
Valeriano Pajuay swallowed a narrow loss against Zhuang Jifeng. Struggling 11 racks, the Filipino didn’t tie the scoreline at the last minute. A 5-6 defeat forced him to leave the tournament early with regret.
Runner-up of World 9-Ball Championships, Roland Garcia was dumped out of Huanan Station by Qi Yue. Qi built the momentum from the start and gradually widened the gap. Roland, the excellent American Pool player was not adapted to the tight pockets of the Chinese Pool table and the wet weather these days, and finally lost the game 4-9.
Reza Hassan turned the tables with a fabulous performance in the match against Zhang Limin. Trailing 2-6, Reza delivered blow after blow to his opponent and tided the scoreline then led 7-6. However, he missed a shot at the last gasp. Zhang didn’t let the chance go, he cleared the table and took the match to shootout. Ultimately, Reza edged out in the shootout with a beautiful shot.
Luis Duran suffered a reversal from famous Chinese player Xi Hongyu. Luis got a comfortable 3-0 start, but Xi proved himself to be an experienced Chinese Pool player. He won all of the following 9 racks with an almost crazy offensive. A 9-3 victory saw Xi’s survival in the Stage 2.
Huanan Station is getting more attractive as it goes. Every match is unpredictable. Draw of Stage 3 will start tomorrow. Stay tuned to to get on-site updates from Huanan.