Sunday, November 23, 2008

All Japan Championships: Updates!

Charlie Williams Graphic

All Japan Championships updates – Billiards buddies and pool players, here is another round of updates on the 41st Japan Championships!

The updates come direct from Charlie Williams! And I kid you not!

Mika Immonen, Yu Ram Cha, and Charlie Williams are still looking good at the 41st All Japan Championships. The event is the largest and most prestigious title in Japan and draws a field of 128 players every year for the men and this year 76 players in the women's division. Dragon Promotions is represented at the event by its players from the USA, Korea, and Finland.

Mika Immonen Graphic
Mika Immonen is looking strong coming out with his two wins the first day. His first opponent from Japan was completely outmatched while Wang from Chinese Taipei gave a run for the money until Immonen regrouped for a 9-7 win. Charlie Williams is also looking good with a 9-5 win over Mukai of Japan and then a 9-6 win over former World Cup Champion Li He-Wen of China. Immonen and Williams need one more win to qualify them for the final 32 player single elimination bracket.

Rodney Morris (USA) had a rough match his first round losing to an unknown Japanese pro 9-6. Morris bounced back today with a convincing 9-1 win over another Japan pro. Other top names that were upsetted first round were Francisco Django Bustamante (PHI) and Ronnie Alcano (PHI) both whom were defeated by Japan pros.

Yu Ram Cha (KOR) is on her way of changing history as she won against Japan's Yuka Hashimoto 7-3 and Mariko Nibo 7-5. If Cha wins the event she will be the first Korean to ever win the All Japan. She will have her work cut out for her tomorrow against China's former World Champ Xiao Ting Pan who won her match 7-0 after a bye. Cha defeated Pan in their first and last encounter at the US Open 9-4.

"I know she (Pan) will be wanting revenge against me, but I'm really excited and looking forward to playing her again." said Cha. Other notables in the field will be Ga Young Kim (KOR), current World 9-Ball Champ Yuan Chun Lin (TPE), and defending champion Miyuki Fuke (JPN).

*Much thanks to The Korean Dragon for the update!

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