MANILA, Philippines – Filipino cue artist Lee Van Corteza scored back-to-back wins in Group G action of the 2013 China 9-Ball Open in Shanghai, China.
Corteza’s last victory was against Naoyuki Oiof Japan, 9-3. He also beat Marcus Chamat of Sweden, 9-5, in the first round.
Corteza will next face Cheng Chieh Liu of Chinese-Taipei. Cheng holds wins over compatriots Ying Chieh Chen, 9-6, and Fu Che-wei, 9-7.
Also with two wins were Kenny Kwok of Singapore and Thorsten Hohmann of Germany in Group A; Chang Jung-lin and Lu Hui Chan of Chinese-Taipei in Group B; Liu Wei and Wang Can of China in Group C; Yukio Akagariyama of Japan and Fu Jian Bo of China in Group D; Nick Ekonomopoulous of Greece and Dang Jin Hu of China in Group E; and Jason Klatt of Canada and Yang Ching-shun of Chinese-Taipei in Group F.
Alex Pagulayan beat Carlo Biado, 9-7, but bowed to Dang Jin Hu, 4-9, in the next round in Group E.
Dennis Orcollo lost to Andreas Gerwen of Luxembourg, 8-9, but bounced back in contention after edging Nick Van Der Berg of Netherlands, 9-7, in Group G.
In the next round, Biado will meet Ko Pin-Yi of Chinese-Taipei, while Pagulayan goes up against Hus Kail Lun of Chinese-Taipei and Orcollo clashes against Wang Ming of China.
In the women’s division, Iris Ranola subdued Jiang Teng, 7-2, in her first match, but lost to Chen Siming and Charlene Chai Huey, in Group H.
Rubilen Amit lost her first match to Wu Zhi Ting, 7-5, and prevailed in her next match against Wei-Tzu-Chien, 7-2, in Group A of the women’s division. -- By Marlon Bernardino