Chinese 8 Ball - 2017 'Joy Billiards' World Chinese 8 Ball Masters
10th-15th January 2017 / Olympic Stadium, Qinhuangdao City, China
LESS THAN HALF REMAIN IN THE CHASE - DAY 2 REVIEW
Only 24 of the original starting field of 64 remain after the second day's play in the fifth JOY World Chinese 8 Ball Masters.
There were a number of big names departing the scene in Qinhuangdao including reigning two time champion Yang Fan, current World Champion Shi Hanqing and 5 times US Open 9 Ball Champion Shane Van Boening.
Just 8 players are undefeated (3 out of 3 wins) and therefore still have both lives intact. These are Chinese players Xi Hongyu, Gong Haifeng, Dai Yong, Zhang Kunpeng, Fan Zhisong, Zhao Yunbiao, Shen ChonYang and Spain's Francisco Diaz Pizarro.
The others left are all now on their final lives. This is where you find 2013 & 2014 winner Gareth Potts and China's Number 1 ranked player Zheng Yubo.
In terms of British participation (besides Potts), despite brave displays, both Jack Whelan and Liam Dunster are now out. However Wales' Zak Shepherd has bounced back with 3 straight victories to stay in the event.
In a similar position is current World 9 Ball Champion Albin Ouschan (pictured above), who had a brace of victories today, starting off by beating the Philippines' Jeffrey Ignacio on the TV table.
***ALL MATCHES are first to 13, or whoever is winning at the 140 minute time limit***
LOSERS SIDE - ROUND 2 *LOSERS ARE ELIMINATED*
Waleed Majid 2-13 Zheng Yubo
Andrey Seroshtan 12-11 Liam Dunster
Phone Myint Kyaw 13-5 Abdulla Alameri
Shi Hanqing 12-13 Dong Yi
Shane Van Boening 7-13 Zhang Guanghao
Wang Yun 13-3 Mohammadli Pordel
Jimmy Jusman 7-13 Jack Whelan
Liu Yang 11-13 Zhao Ruliang
Zak Shepherd 13-12 Li Xiaopeng
Lv Xin 11-13 Liu Xin
Stephen Holem 11-12 Wang Peng
Wu Hao 13-6 Xi Shouxin
Christophe Lambert 11-13 Chen Qiang
Li Bo 8-13 Xie Zhaohui
Yang Fan 13-6 Xia Hongyan
Albin Ouschan 13-6 Jeffrey Ignacio
WINNERS SIDE - ROUND 2
Gareth Potts 10-11 Xi Hongyu
Corey Dueul 4-13 Francisco Diaz Pizarro
Wu Zhenyu 11-13 Gong Haifeng
Dai Yong 13-8 Yu Ting
Li Hui 9-13 Zhang Kunpeng
Fan Zhisong 11-10 Justin Campbell
Zhao Yunbiao 13-9 Denis Grabe
Wan Tongle 7-13 Shen ChongYang
LOSERS SIDE - ROUND 3 *LOSERS ARE ELIMINATED*
Andrey Seroshtan 9-13 Zheng Yubo
Dong Yi 9-10 Phone Myint Kyaw
Wang Yun 12-13 Zhang Guanghao
Zhao Ruliang 13-6 Jack Whelan
Liu Xin 6-13 Zak Shepherd
Wu Hao 10-13 Wang Peng
Yang Fan 6-13 Xie Zhaohui
Albin Ouschan 13-7 Chen Qiang
Written and published by Michael Day on the 11th January 2017