The last Filipino bet in the inaugural World Ten Ball Championship, Demosthenes “Plong Plong” Pulpul, is now out of the race to the finals after losing to Taiwanese Wu Chia Ching, 11-8, during their semis match at the Philippine International Convention Center.
Pulpul failed to conquer Wu, who showed remarkable steadiness by zooming through six racks after trailing the Filipino, 6-5.
The 23-year-old Cagayan de Oro native also failed to take advantage of the few slips committed by his Taiwanese opponent, allowing Wu to dominate the final racks.
Thus, Wu advanced to the tournament finals.
Pulpul, however, will still face Niels Feijen of the Netherlands for a chance to win the third place prize of $25,000 (P1,175,000).
It was a rollercoaster ride for the once unheralded Pulpul, who beat several seasoned players before making it into the semifinals.
Earlier in the day, he defeated Liu Haitao of China (11-8) in the quarterfinals following thrilling 9-8 win over Yang Shing-Sun of Chinese Taipei late Friday.
Pulpul also beat Japanese player Kazuo Furuta after ousting women’s world No. 1 Jasmin Ouschan last Thursday.
Feijen, meanwhile, lost to Englishman Darren Appleton, 11-9.
Appleton will square off with Wu for the $100,000 top prize and a chance to be crowned the first World Ten Ball champ.