MANILA, Philippines – Filipino cue master Dennis Orcollo won the 2012 China Open Sunday afternoon after defeating Taiwan’s Lu Hui, 11-9, in the final at the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium arena in Shanghai, China.
It was the second major title of the year for Orcollo, who won the US 10-Ball Championship in Las Vegas last May, wherein he defeated countryman Francisco “Django” Bustamante in the final.
Orcollo pocketed $40,000 for the title, while Lu settled for $20,000.
Orcollo broke open a 3-3 tie, winning six racks in a row in the alternate-breaks format final to take a commanding 9-3 advantage.
“Mula sa 3-all deadlock rumatsada si Dennis (Orcollo) ng anim na racks bagama’t naging matatag pa din ‘yung Taiwanese sa bandang huli,” said Ceferino “Perry” Mariano, founding head of the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines.
Lu bounced back into contention after trimming the deficit to 7-9. The see-saw battle continued with Orcollo eventually reaching the hill, 10-9.
In rack 20, Lu left the two-ball open and Orcollo seized the opportunity, running out for the victory.
World Pool Billiard Association press officer Ted Lerner quoted Orcollo as saying: “I was so nervous today, but I just tried to calm down and enjoy the game.”
“Chang is a great player and he played good today. I have a lot of experience playing on the TV table and I’ve had a lot of tough matches this week, so this helps me with the pressure. For the final, I just needed to relax, wait for my chances and be aggressive when I find an opening,” he added.
On the road to the final, Orcollo bested Fu Jian Bo of China, 11-4, in the round of 32; Dang Jin Hu of China, 11-9, in the round of 16; Han Hao-Xiang of China, 11-8, in the round of 8; and Chan Yu-lung of Chinese-Taipei, 11-9, in the round of 4.
Orcollo actually lost his first match, 8-9, to Andreas Gerwen of Sweden.
In the China Open, players first play a double-elimination phase that halves the field to 32, then the field shifts to a single-elimination style.
Orcollo had to beat Dutchman Nick Van Den Berg, 9-7, then bucked a 1-6 deficit against China’s Wang Ming to win 9-8 and make it to the single knockout stage. By Marlon Bernardino