Chinese 8 Ball - 2017 'Joy Billiards' World Chinese 8 Ball Masters
10th-16th January 2017 / Olympic Stadium, Qinhuangdao City, China
'JUST THE THREE OF US' - DAY 5 REVIEW
Either Gareth Potts, Shen ChongYang or the undefeated Zhang Kunpeng will become the 2017 JOY World Chinese 8 Ball Master.
With just 6 players left at the start of Saturday, all of the day's action came from the 'Losers Side' of the draw.
In an all Chinese clash, Xi Hongyu beat Zhao Ruliang 12-8. The only remaining non-Chinese players left met in the other tie, with two time champion Potts (England) seeing off Francisco Diaz Pizarro (Spain) 13-6.
Come the evening session, those two winners would face off in a match that was labelled as 'revenge' because Xi had defeated Potts 11-10 earlier in the tournament on the 'Winners Side'.
The experienced host nation cueist began well in establishing a 5-3 lead, however the tables would dramatically turn with Potts going on a 10 frame winning spree which ultimately guided him to a 14-8 victory.
Potts will play Shen on Sunday, with the winner then advancing into Monday's Grand Final against Zhang (this will be a one-off championship match).
LOSERS SIDE - ROUND 8 *LOSERS ARE ELIMINATED*
Gareth Potts 13-6 Francisco Diaz Pizarro
Xi Hongyu 12-8 Zhao Ruliang
LOSERS SIDE - ROUND 9 *LOSER IS ELIMINATED*
Potts 14-8 Xi
Shen ChongYang v Gareth Potts (Losers Side Final)
Shen/Potts v Zhang Kunpeng (Grand Final)
Written and published by Michael Day on the 14th January 2017