Only four players are now remaining to compete in the semifinals of the 73rd World Tournament of 14.1. At the beginning of the fifth day of action, 16 players were in the running in the final single-elimination bracket fifth day of action, and two rounds have been completed. While the previous double-elimination segment of the event was a race to 150, the final bracket would be to 200.
The feature streaming match of the evening began at 7:30, between two of Europe’s greatest players and former Mosconi Cup teammates, Darren Appleton and Mika Immonen. Both of these players were liable to run away with this match and put on a great show for the full house of spectators at Steinway Billiards, where there was standing room only.
Mika Immonen vs Darren Appleton
Immonen won the lag, and following Appleton’s break, Immonen came out ahead in the safety battle to get the first opportunity at the table. From there, he ran an initial 70 before turning over the table. Appleton took command of the table to run 91, but then surprisingly missed a simple shot. Immonen had a golden opportunity to get back on the horse, but only managed to run 27 and hung up a long shot in the top corner pocket. This would be the Iceman’s last hurrah, as Appleton expertly ran 109 and out to finish the match at 200-97.
Francisco Bustamante vs Stephan Cohen
Appleton’s opponent in the semifinal was determined in the 5pm session, in the match between BCA Hall of Famer Francisco Bustamante and former 2009 World 14.1 Champion Stephan Cohen. Bustamante, who earned the coveted title of Derby City Classic all-around ‘Master of the Table in January of this year, further proved his mastery, as he won by a wide margin of 200-63.
Jayson Shaw vs Thorsten Hohmann
Also in the 5pm session, two-time former champion Thorsten Hohmann ran away with his match against Scotland’s Jayson Shaw, putting away a 200-24 win. Shaw, who recently won the New Jersey State 8-Ball Championships, had a very strong showing in his first appearance in the World 14.1, and staked his place among the group of strong young talent in the game.
John Schmidt vs Dennis Hatch
Although Schmidt vs Hatch was a one-sided match-up where defending champion Schmidt ended the match at 200-70, Dennis Hatch made a very strong appearance after going through the round robin and double elimination undefeated, to then beat Oliver Ortmann in Round 1. Click here to read more about his match-up with Ortmann.
Notably, John Schmidt has made a great statement in the event thus far, having gotten farther in the event than any other player in the year following their win. Schmidt is on par to repeat, which has not yet been done in the history of the tournament.
Saturday, August 24, will be the event finale, as the first semifinal match gets underway at 11:00am (EDT), and the second semi will immediately follow at 1:30pm.
11:00am Thorsten Hohmann vs John Schmidt
1:30pm Darren Appleton vs Francisco Bustamante
Special thanks to NYC Grind contributor Charles Eames of CharlesEamesPhotography.com.