Round one continued through day two at the US Open 9-Ball Championships at the Marriott Chesapeake, and more players had their chance to make their first statement in the legendary event. By the end of day two, the first round of action had been completed. On day three, many of the top elite pros will be starting out their fight for the title in round two after, byes in the first round.
Accu-Stats.com Live Stream Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 15 - Daytime Session
12:00pm Corey Deuel vs Michael Yednak
2:00pm Mika Immonen vs Warren Kiamco
4:00pm Frankie Hernandez vs Brandon Shuff
The evening matches are TBA – 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 10:30pm
Online brackets from AZbilliards - http://www.azbilliards.com/tours_and_events/158-us-open-9-ball-championship/5337-us-open-9-ball-championship-2013/brackets/56-main-event/
Live match score updates on AZbilliards - http://www.azbilliards.com/tours_and_events/158-us-open-9-ball-championship/5337-us-open-9-ball-championship-2013/live/
In the final session of the day at 10:30pm, the feature Accu-Stats table had New Jersey-based Raj Vannala of India matched up with Minnesota up-and-comer Jesse Engel. Both players were lacking energy through much of the match, but Vannala was the one to get into rhythm the quickest, taking an early 3-1 lead. All the way up until 8-5, Vannala was able to stay one step ahead of Engel, and wowed the crowd with a few nice jump shots.
However, Engel showed a lot of heart and didn’t give up, working his way into the match and tying it 8-8. His demeanor had become more self-assured, while Vannala seemed to have run out of gas. A few poorly-executed safeties proved to be costly for Vannala, as Engel took advantage of them and finished the set 11-8.
Only one other match was held during this late-night session, and it was the first to finish. Dave Wiebelhaus (Minnesota) took on Cleiton Rocha (Connecticut), who got out to an early 5-1 lead. Wiebelhaus clawed in to the match and won the next 3, putting it at 5-4. Rocha held the lead, but Wiebelhaus was close behind, and eventually tied the match at 9-9. Rocha then got to the hill 10-9, and after doing so, snapped the nine in on the break for his final needed win.
Joe DuPuis 11-2 Daniel Alexanyan
Ty Laha 11-5 Henrik Ohrnberg (Finland)
Andy Pettenger 11-0 Steve Lillis
Kevin Guimond 11-7 Butch Cox
The feature streamed match of this session was between famed London-based Raj Hundal of India, and local Virginia player Kassandra Bein. Hundal was given little challenge in this match, but Bein was able to show some of her ability and the match ended at 11-3.
Steve Fleming 11-5 Mike Ricciardella
Masahiro Shimano (Japan) 11-0 Randy Russell (Canada)
Kenichi Uchigaki (Japan) 11-9 Stevie Moore
Oliver Ortmann (Germany) 11-1 John Evans
Joey Arbuckle 11-4 Marius Hamm (Germany)
Arguably the highest-caliber pairing of the day, Japan’s Kenichi Uchigaki took on top American pro Stevie Moore from South Carolina. Moore and Uchigaki stayed neck and neck with one another, keeping the spectators on their seats.
Midway through, Moore lead 5-4 at one of the turning points of the match. After Moore had played safe, Uchigaki scratched on his kick attempt, and Moore decided to play safe with ball in hand in hopes of three-fouling Uchigaki. Instead, Moore fouled by not hitting a rail with another ball, and went on to win that rack, as well as breaking and running out the next to lead 6-5. Uchigaki would lead throughout the rest of the match, while Moore stayed on his tail.
Uchigaki got to the hill at 10-8, but a scratch would keep Moore alive in the match and go 10-9. In the following rack, they traded safes on the one ball until Uchigaki had a long rail shot opened to him. He was unable to control the cue ball after making the shot, and ended up hooked for the next ball. Uchigaki made a legal kick, but an open shot for Moore. With the possibility of getting to hill-hill, it was do-or-die time. The only problem with this rack was that the eight and nine were tied up. Moore got great shape on the seven to break them open, but the result only left a possible bank. Moore narrowly missed the shot, and left a long, straight shot for Uchigaki, who needed to draw the cue ball all the way back to the opposite rail to get on the nine. He executed it perfectly, and the crowd showed great appreciation for the solid finish.
In the feature Accu-Stats match of this session, California player Brian Parks held the reigns, while NYC -area player Travis McKinney put up a good fight and played solid, but fell short at 11-6.
Gene Albrecht 11-2 Daniel Becker (Germany)
Brian Parks 11-6 Travis McKinney
Mike DeLawder 11-6 Paul Oh
Randy LaBonte 11-8 Dave Hughes
Ed Culhane (win via forfeit) Brad Engle
John Moody 11-4 Steve Sones
Tom Jaeger 11-3 Kyril Byrne
Corey Sykes 11-8 Jason Richko
Patrick Carosi 11-8 Stephan Schinas
B.R. Tatum 11-6 Adam Kielar
A pair that has faced off numerous times in the New York City area again matched up at the Open in round one: Michael Wong vs Michael Yednak. While the lead was traded multiple times in this match that lasted over three hours, Yednak got the last laugh after trailing 9-8, as he went on to win the next three for an 11-9 win.
Erik Hjorliefson (Canda) 11-6 Troy Jones
Chris Bruner 11-8 Robert Hart
Brian Deska 11-1 Jumbi Baker
Shannon Daulton 11-7 Kevin West
Matt Krah 11-2 Michael Harvey
Michael Yednak 11-9 Michael Wong
The big story of this session was the big win by WPBA pro Monica Webb over longtime American pro Larry Nevel. Nevel may have won the first four games in this match, but Webb answered by running a four pack, and went on to close out the match impressively at 11-4.
Liam Monk (England) 11-2 Mark Horn
Eric Durbin 11-5 Kevin Bridges
Monica Webb 11-4 Larry Nevel
Reymart Lim 11-0 Lee Scott
Nilbert Lim (Win via Forfeit) Edward Brooks
Check out more photos from Day 2 below by Alison Fischer…