Chinese 8 Ball - 2017 STAR Chinese Pool World Championships
13th-16th March 2017 / The First High School Stadium of Yushan County, Shangrao, China
HOST NATION LOCKOUT - DAY 3 REVIEW
The finalists for both the Men's and Women's events in this year's Chinese Pool World Championships have been decided; they will both consist of all-Chinese pairings.
Two time World Chinese 8 Ball Master Yang Fan will meet the multi Cuesport disciplined Chu Bingjie in Thursday's final. Both will be appearing as maiden finalists here.
Yang (pictured above) has been superb throughout the competition so far. Untroubled during the double eliminators, he has since beaten Steve Martin 11-4, Wang Can 11-4, Zhu Long 13-9 and Jayson Shaw 13-9 in the knockouts. His Semi-Final elimination of Shaw meant the end of non-Chinese participation in the Men's division.
Having won back to back World Masters titles in 2015 and 2016, Yang can become the first ever winner of both Chinese 8 Ball's two biggest tournaments.
Chu booked his berth in the championship decider after coming from behind to beat international 9 ball star Liu Haitao 13-11 in the Last 4. Like Yang, he has remained undefeated, with former WPA World Number 1 ranked Carlo Biado of the Philippines being one of the players he saw off along the way.
For Chu, his achievement so far will be satisfying having reached the Quarter-Finals here in 2016 and finishing 4th in 2015.
The Women's Championship Final will be contested between Yu Jinpeng and Fu Xiaofang - they too will be maiden finalists of this tournament.
During the Semi-Finals, Yu won 11-4 against Korean superstar Ga Young Kim whilst Fu ended the hopes of reigning and defending champion Chen Siming 11-7. Fu had also ousted last year's Runner-Up Kelly Fisher 11-10 in the Quarter-Finals.
Following the completion of the Semi-Finals were the 3rd/4th Place Play-Offs. These matches were significant as they not only awarded bronze medals to the winners, but also represented a difference of over £8,000 prize money in the Men's and nearly £6,000 in the Women's.
Shaw and Chen both finished their campaigns on positive notes with respective 13-12 and 11-8 victories.
2017 CHINESE POOL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - MEN'S DIVISION
Liu Haitao (China) 13-6 Phone Myint Kyaw (Myanmar)
Gong Haifeng (China) 10-13 Chu Bingjie (China)
Jayson Shaw (Great Britain) 13-6 Mick Hill (Great Britain)
Yang Fan (China) 13-9 Zhu Long (China)
Liu Haitao 11-13 Chu Bingjie
Jayson Shaw 9-13 Yang Fan
3RD/4TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Liu Haitao 12-13 Jayson Shaw
2017 CHINESE POOL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - WOMEN'S DIVISION
Liu Shasha (China) 9-11 Kim Gayoung (Korea)
Yu Jinpeng (China) 11-8 Wang Xiaotong (China)
Wang Ye (China) 10-11 Siming Chen (China)
Fu Xiaofang (China) 11-10 Kelly Fisher (Great Britain)
Kim Gayoung 4-11 Yu Jinpeng
Siming Chen 7-11 Fu Xiaofang
3RD/4TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Kim Gayoung 8-11 Siming Chen
Written and published by Michael Day on the 15th March 2017