By Aisin Gioro
144 players left with regret in just 2 days. However, the tournament did not get easier because of the arrival of top 16 seeded players. With barely any time to take a breath, survivals had to be in condition for fighting.
Moh Keen Hoe was the sole survivor of non-seeded international players. His solid skills and performance made him move forward steadily. True to form, he hammered his opponent Zheng Peng in 16 racks.
Besides Moh, another international player Phone Myint Kyaw picked up Yin Dasong and showed what he got completely. The match was totally predominated by him. A 11-4 victory was enough to prove his strength.
Justin Campbell went out of the tournament after losing to Li Yinan, who’s a student of 3-time Grand Finals champion, Gareth Potts. Their battle lasted 120 minutes. Li had the last laugh in the end.
Mark McGauley was defeated by Chinese player Li Xiaopeng. It’s been a neck and neck match until the 9th racks. Li held a slender lead, but Mark was immediately behind him. The turning point occurred in the middle of match. Li punished several mistakes made by Mark and widen the gap. Finally Mark lost the match 7-11.
Another member of International Dream Team, Zhang Kunpeng, met Chu Bingjie in his first match which was an uphill battle. Kunpeng got a comfortable start. But Chu came up from behind. They broke and ran successively. Kunpeng made a mistake in hill-hill decider. Chu did not miss this good chance. He snatched the victory 13-12.
Among the tense competition, we heard an exciting big news. Two big names, Wang Yun and Sun Hongrui joined ICEA International Dream Team. They are definitely phenomenons. Their accessions undoubtedly widen the influence of the Dream Team.
The tournament is getting more attractive as it goes. Every match will be critical and unpredictable. Keep following ICEA Chinese Pool to get updates of the Linyi Station!