By Aisin Gioro
Today was undoubtedly a grievous blow to the international players. The only three remaining players have been wiped out of the Huanan Station.
Johann “Bad Koi” Chua encountered tough opponent in Chinese player Wang Yuhao. It looked as though the early lead would go to Johann, but he made some mistakes allowing Wang to steal a 3-2 lead. The scrappy start continued, and Johann trailed 3-6 at the first time-out. The two players exchanged 2 racks after the match continued. Johann failed to launch an effective counter-attack and was eventually dumped out by Wang 6-10.
Mohd Reza failed to continue yesterday's miracle performance. He fell 2-6 behind against Chinese player Zhang Lei. In the middle part of game, Reza once cut the deficit to just two, but his offensive didn't last too long. Zhang took charge of the game again and won 11-7.
Among the regrettable losses today, the big story has to be Ko Ar Ti’s out. He played Sun Mingming, a tough and experienced Chinese Pool player. At no point during the early stage did either side open up a lead of more than 2 racks, and it was Sun who punished his opponent's mistakes and reached the hill first. Sun performed a brilliant break-and-run in the end rack and knocked Phone Myint Kyaw out of the tournament.
The remaining matches of Stage 3 will take place from tomorrow as all seeded players on the ICEA rankings will show their talents. Keep following ICEA Chinese Pool and we will keep bringing you up-to-date news and live streams.