Second-to-last day of billiards at The World Games 2017
A wealth of exciting singles matchups with several sudden turn-of-events.
The multi-purpose hall of the Wrocław Congress Centre began to fill up long before the official start time of 10.00.The reason was not hard to guess – today’s competitions were to feature Ali Gatera of Great Britain and Si Xu of China in the snooker semi-final. And the contestants did not disappoint those assembled, battling it out in classical style. There could only be one winner, however, and so victory ended up Carter’s as she beat Xu 3:0.
Fans of women’s 9-ball also had no reason to complain with today’s tournament. They were witnesses to a fantastic match between South Korean Gayoung Kim and world number two, Yu Han of China. Both put on a show, using every last trick up their four collective sleeves. In the end, Han advanced, 9:8.
The second session began with a match between Iranian Soheil Vahedim and Great Britain’s Kyren Wilson, as they looked to advance to the men’s snooker finals. Despite a strong effort from Vahedim, there was no stopping Wilson, who advanced by a score of 3:0.
There was also no lack of excitement in carom. The semi-final on the men’s side pitted Marco Zanetti of Italy against Holland’s Dick Jaspers. After a more than two-hour-long match, Zanetti finally took the upper hand and closed out the contest, 40:36.
At precisely 16.00, the bronze medals matches (for all variations) began. In carom, Egypt’s Sameh Sidhom faced Jaspers. Snooker will see Si Xu of China meet Iran’s Soheil Vahed, while Japan’s Nayouki Ol will meet Chinese Taipe’s Pin-Yi Ko in the 9-ball contest. The women’s 9-ball bronze medal match will be between China’s Yo Han and Chezka Centeno of the Phillipines.
Tomorrow the excitement will continue, beginning bright and early at 10.00, when snooker lovers can check out the gold medal match between Britain’s Ali Carter and Kyren Wilson. The second session will see Zanetti of Italy do battle with Spain’s Daniel Sanchez for carom gold. The entire day will be topped off by the women’s 9-ball match, featuring South Korea’s Gayoung Kim and China’s Siming Chen.
The medal ceremony will conclude the billiard sports portion of The World Games 2017.