The CBSA International 9-Ball Open 2017 Pengzhou Event completed its last two matches on 25 Jun, featuring top class players including previous world #1 Ko Pin-Yi of Taiwan, and 3 times world women champion Liu Shasha of China. Ko claimed the title for a second time by winning 13-8 over multiple international champion Yang Ching-Shun who is also from Taiwan. In the women’s division, Liu Shasha landed on the top of the list for the first time in the history of CBSA International 9-Ball Open by beating her comrade Zhou Doudou with a final score of 11-7.
The last four players in the men’s division were all from Taiwan, hence an all-Taiwanese final came just naturally. The trio world champion Ko Pin-Yi crowned in this tournament for the first time in December last year after beating his younger brother Pin-Chung, while Yang is a player known to the world at his younger age.
Both players came through from the winner’s bracket into the last 32. Along the way, Ko saw of his other Taiwanese counterparts Wu Kun-Lin as well as his WCoP partner Chang Yu-Long. Yang, on the other hand, took down opponents from different countries including Ah Ti of Myanmar, 3-times ACBS champion Lo Li-Wen of Taiwan, as well as WCoP semi-finalist Dong Jinhu of China. In the semi-final, Yang beat Ko Pin-Chung not only for a revengence of the CBSA Open last year in Hongze, but also preventing an all-Ko final again.
Yang kicked start the final by leading 4-2, but Ko immediately answered by winning seven racks in a row to lead 9-4. Yang tried coming back but everything was too late with the alternate break format. Ko locked the final score at 13-8 to snatch his second trophy at the CBSA International 9-Ball Open here in Pengzhou.
“寶山杯” 201 7CBSA 彭州9球國際公開賽於彭州市體育中心落下帷幕，“撞球王子” 柯秉逸 13-8 擊敗 “撞球之子” 楊清順，奪得男子組冠軍；女子組桂冠則被首次打進CBSA 9球國際公開賽決賽的世錦賽三冠王劉莎莎收入囊中，她在決賽中11-7擒服周豆豆，贏得同門之爭。
男子組角逐中，由於本站四強席位被台灣球員所包攬，決賽理所當然的成為了一場台灣內戰，在柯秉逸與前輩楊清順之間展開。柯秉逸有著“撞球王子”美譽，是9球、10球及雙打世界杯三料世界冠軍，不過他在中國的戰績並不理想，直到去年12月才在嘉興站決賽中戰勝弟弟柯秉中，收獲個人首個CBSA 9球國際公開賽冠軍；而“撞球之子” 楊清順則是撞壇傳奇人物，他是台灣職業撞球的創始人之一，在上世紀90年代一度占據統治地位，也曾在柯秉逸的成長過程中給予過指點。
本次比賽，兩人雙敗階段均是勝部直接出線，進入32強單敗階段後，柯秉逸勢頭兇猛，直到1/4決賽才開始遭遇到一些抵抗，不過他仍11-8擊敗吳坤霖進入四強，再在半決賽11-9力克“玉面飛龍” 張玉龍躋身決賽。楊清順的晉級之路相對艱難，11-7戰勝楊紹杰、11-7擊敗羅立文、11-8大逆轉党金虎，再於半決賽中11-7挫敗柯秉中，報了去年洪澤站決賽負於對手的“一箭之仇”的同時也讓柯秉逸、柯秉中兄弟倆第二次決賽會師的美夢破碎。決賽中，楊清順進入狀態更快，一度取得了4-2的領先，但柯秉逸並不示弱，從第七局開始吹響反攻號角，以一波恐怖的連贏7盤將比分反超為9-4。此後的比賽，盡管楊清順竭力追趕，但狀態更佳又有好運相伴的柯秉逸沒有給對手更多機會，一步步將優勢轉化為勝勢，將比分最終定格在13-8，收獲個人第二個CBSA 9球賽事冠軍。
In the women’s, the final was between Zhou Doudou and Liu Shasha. Liu is currently a team China member and 3-times world women’s champion, in second place only after Allison Fisher who had won it four times. Zhou was the runner-up at the China Open in 2012 and a semi-finalist at the CBSA Open in Miyun. However, it might not be as one-sided as it seems since Zhou successfully knocked Liu into the consolation bracket in the world championship last year.
Both of the players carry out their daily training under coach Tao Yingdo and therefore are comrades in that sense. Nevertheless, neither of them has ever won the CBSA Open before. To be exact, neither of them has even made into the final before. Whoever wins this time will be a breakthrough.
In this tournament, Liu came from the winner’s bracket while Zhou was from the consolation. Liu scored three 9-2 beating Leah Sun, Fu Xiaofang and Kim Ga-Young. Zhou Doudou gave everyone a surprise by knocking out the current world #1 Han Yu in the semi-final.
Liu seems to have a better day and was leading all the way in the final. At 10-7, Liu had a chance for a possible 3-9 combination and made it with a bit of luck to snatch the championship. Liu Shasha finally crowned at the CBSA International 9-Ball Open in Pengzhou.
女子組決賽由劉莎莎迎戰周豆豆，劉莎莎是現役國家隊隊員，9球世錦賽的三冠王，僅次於4冠的Allison Fisher排在歷史第二位；後者為前國家隊成員，她曾在2012年斬獲9球中國賽亞軍，CBSA 9球賽最好成績則是2012年密云站的四強，雖然在名氣和成績上不如劉莎莎，但她也不可小覷，去年9球世錦賽上，周豆豆就在雙敗階段7-5將劉莎莎打落敗部。值得一提的是，兩人均在知名教練陶膺多門下，這也使得比賽成為了同門之爭，而且兩人此前都未染指過CBSA 9球賽桂冠，也同為首次打進該系列賽決賽，所以無論是誰奪冠都將是種突破。
Men Div. – KO Pin-Yi 柯秉逸 (Cyclop/Predator)
Women Div. – LIU Shasha 劉莎莎
Men Div. – YANG Ching-Shun 楊清順
Women Div. – ZHOU Doudou 周豆豆
English: Samuel Lai
All photos: UFENG