From Singapore, With Serious Talent

Singapore’s Aloisius Yapp arrives on pool’s biggest stage with a dominating win over England’s Darren Appleton on day 2 at the World 9-ball Championship Day 2 Report from the 2015 World 9-ball Championship by Ted Lerner – WPA Press Officer Photos Courtesy Richard Walker (Doha, Qatar)— Each year at the World 9-ball Championship seems to bring pool fans a revelation, a new talent who makes his mark on the scene with such aplomb and style that you just know that big time success is surely in this young man’s future. This year in Doha it only took until the beginning of day 2 for one such player to arrive. Singapore’s 19 year old Aloisius Yapp has been on the international scene for about a handful of years, but was never really noted for much more than an interesting sounding name. Then late in 2014 the teenager pulled off his biggest success to date; capturing the WPA World Junior 9-ball Championship in Shanghai. Still, while winning the junior world title is quite the accomplishment, it’s a […]


2015 WPA World 9 Ball Championship

Ko Pin-Yi (TW) gewinnt 2015 WPA World 9 Ball Championship im Finale gegen Shane Van Boening (USA) mit 13-11. Den 3. Platz belegen Ko Ping-Chung (TW) und Wu Jiaqing (CHN). Ab dem 07. September 2015 wird in Doha/Katar die diesjährige 9 Ball Weltmeisterschaft ausgetragen. Die 2015 WPA World 9 Ball Championship läuft bis zum 18. September 2015 und es werden so ziemlich alle Stars der Pool Billard Welt in Doha anzutreffen sein. Die 9 Ball WM gehört jedes zu den Events mit der größten Strahlkraft und dem größten Prestige. Und kaum ein anderes Turnier ist wohl so schwer zu gewinnen wie die Titelkämpfe im Al Arabi Sports Club. Extreme Temperaturen draußen, Klimaanlagen die den Spielort ziemlich runterkühlen und die besten Spieler der Welt. Leider hat es dieser WM in den letzten Jahren ein wenig an Atmosphäre gefehlt, gerade dann wenn die „Local Heroes“ ausgeschieden waren wirkte die Stimmung ziemlich zurückhaltend, wir werden sehen, wie es sich in diesem Jahr verhält und sind gespannt auf den Auftritt des Lokalmatadoren Waleed Majid. Titelverteidiger ist der Niederländer Niels […]


The big dance starts to take shape – Day 3 Report from the 2013 World 9-ball Championship in Doha

ENRIQUE ROJAS BECOMES THE FIRST EVER PLAYER FROM CHILE TO ADVANCE TO A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KNOCKOUT STAGE, JOINS 31 OTHERS IN DOHA’S FINAL 64 BY TED LERNER WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos Courtesy Richard Walker, Takayama Takao/ (Doha, Qatar)–Relief and pure joy were two emotions on wide display on Day 3 of the 2013 World 9-ball Championship,  as 32 players booked their spots into Wednesday’s Final 64, the single elimination knockout phase that signals the real start of pool’s most prestigious event. Relief came from those top players who just wanted to notch their second win and put the madness that can be the group stages behind them. Pure joy came from the other players, those that know that winning this tournament is a massive long shot, and just getting through to the big dance is a career defining moment in itself. The 128 player field that began here on Saturday was already considered by many to be the strongest ever gathered for this event. As the wannabes wither and the main stage starts to take […]


The 9-Ball Jewel in the desert is here

THE 2013 WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS THIS WEEK IN DOHA, QATAR By Ted Lerner WPA Press Officer If you like the very best in professional pool squaring off for ultimate supremacy on the felt pitch, then the next 11 days will be nothing short of Valhalla. The 2013 World Pool-Billiards Association(WPA) World 9-ball Championship is set to kick off this week in steaming hot Doha, Qatar, and, judging by the current player list, this year’s event is shaping up to be the best one yet. 128 players from over 40 countries will descend upon Doha’s Al Arabi Sports Club looking to book their spot in the pool history books. But whoever finds themselves atop the winners’ platform hoisting  pool’s biggest and most prestigious prize after the finals on September 13th, will have to contend with loads of pressure and drama along the way. Defending champion and World number one Darren Appleton of Great Britain looks set to make a spirited defense of his title.  Appleton won his first World 9-ball championship in June, 2012, […]