Professional Pool - 2015 China Open 9 Ball Championship
2nd-5th July 2015 - Shanghai, China
OUSCHAN NAILS A BIG ONE!
Albin Ouschan of Austria is the 2015 China Open champion after coming through a quality international field at the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium.
It will be some relief for the previously ranked world number 8 to take down a global major after last year finishing runner up during the World Championship in Qatar.
Ouschan began his campaign well with a win over Chile's Alejandro Carvajal 9-6, but he then lost 9-8 to Fu Che Wei (Chinese Taipei) during the initial double elimination qualification stage.
The 24 year old managed to regroup though as he ended the hopes of Filipino Johann Chua 9-6 to book a last 32 knockout berth.
There he had victories over Ko Ping Chun, Mateusz Sniegocki and Lee Van Corteza to make the last 4 which was played on finals day.
There he eliminated the last remaining Chinese player Chu Bing Jie 11-8 to set up a clash with current Canadian national champion John Morra.
Although never comfortable, Ouschan was able to take the crown after beating his North American opponent 11-8.
Albin Ouschan takes home $40,000 and is the third European to take this honour after Thorsten Hohmann (2009) and Chris Melling (20111) since the tournaments inception in 2009. He is also the youngest winner thus far.
2015 China Open 9 Ball Championship
Results (from the last 32 knockouts onwards) - losers receive $1800 each
Chang Yu Lung (Chinese Taipei) 9-11 Li Hewen (China)
Oi Naoyuki (Japan) 10-11 Do Hoanq Quan (Vietnam)
Chu Bing Jie (China) 11-8 Denis Grabe (Estonia)
Dennis Orcullo (Philippines) 11-4 Jeffrey Ignacio (Philippines)
Ko Ping Chun (Chinese Taipei) 7-11 Albin Ouschan (Austria)
Mateusz Sniegocki (Poland) 11-6 Do Thekien (Vietnam)
Hsu Kai Lun (Chinese Taipei) 11-7 Jason Klatt (Canada)
Chang Jun Lin (Chinese Taipei) 7-11 Lee Van Corteza (Philippines)
Warren Kiamco (Philippines) 11-9 Aloysius Yapp (Singapore)
John Morra (Canada) 11-8 Marc Bijisterbosch (Netherlands)
Fu Che Wei (Chinese Taipei) 11-8 Niels Feijen (Netherlands)
Fu Jianbo (China) 11-8 Dang Jing Hu (China)
Wu Jiaqing (China) 11-10 Nikos Ekonomopoulos (Greece)
Wang Can (China) 10-11 Nick Van Den Berg (Netherlands)
Francisco Diaz (Spain) 7-11 Mika Immonen (Finland)
Carlo Biado (Philippines) 4-11 Darren Appleton (Great Britain)
(last 16) - losers receive $3000 each
Do Hoang Quan 11-6 Li Hewen
Chu Bing Jie 11-4 Dennis Orcullo
Albin Ouschan 11-8 Mateusz Sniegocki
Lee Van Corteza 11-7 Hsu Kai Lun
John Morra 11-9 Warren Kiamco
Fu Jianbo 11-6 Fu Che Wei
Nick Van Den Berg 11-8 Wu Jiaqing
Mika Immonen 11-5 Darren Appleton
(Quarter-Finals) - losers receive $6000 each
Chu Bing Jie 11-5 Do Hoang Quan
Albin Ouschan 11-6 Lee Van Corteza
John Morra 11-10 Fu Jianbo
Nick Van Den Berg 11-7 Mika Immonen
(Semi-finals) - losers receive $10,000 each
Albin Ouschan 11-8 Chu Bing Jie
John Morra 11-8 Nick Van Den Berg
(Final) - winner receives $40,000, runner-up receives $20,000
Albin Ouschan 11-8 John Morra
Written by Michael Day, published on 5th July 2015