Jayson Shaw Makes History as Inaugural Hanoi Open Pool Champion

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Jayson Shaw made history as the inaugural champion of the Hanoi Open Pool Championship by defeating Albin Ouschan in a nail-biting finale. This epic clash unfolded live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as exclusively on Vietcontent in Asia.

Throughout the match, Shaw found himself trailing the two-time world champion, with Ouschan capitalizing on some outstanding safety play to build substantial leads of 4-0 and 10-5. However, fueled by the raucous support of over 2,300 fans who packed the Hanoi Indoor Games Gymnasium for this momentous occasion, the Glaswegian staged a remarkable comeback. This victory marked Shaw’s first major title on the World Nineball Tour.

Shaw had previously demonstrated consistency with several appearances in the last 32 and last 16. His impressive performance at the 46th US Open Pool Championship, including a semifinal win over Sanjin Pehlivanovic, secured his spot as Team Europe’s third automatic qualifier for the Mosconi Cup.

The match swung back and forth, with Shaw leveling the score at 5-all following a routine 8-ball miss by Ouschan. Nevertheless, Ouschan’s superior safety tactics allowed him to regain a two-rack lead, visibly frustrating Shaw. Ouschan extended his lead to 10-5 with a break and run, bringing him closer to his first Matchroom major title since the 2022 European Open Pool Championship.

However, Shaw mounted a stunning comeback after his opponent scratched on the break. He delivered consecutive break-and-runs and, with a cross-table bank shot into the middle pocket on the blue two-ball, thrilled the crowd by leveling the match at 11-all. Shaw continued to showcase his confidence, breaking and running to reach the hill and then breaking for the match. Just when it appeared that he would seal the win, a missed five-ball allowed Ouschan to force a decider, providing a fitting conclusion to this modern-classic final.

Luck played a significant role throughout the week, and it took a sudden and unexpected turn at the worst possible moment for Ouschan. Breaking for the match, a double kiss sent the cue ball into the middle pocket, giving Shaw the opportunity to finish with ball in hand and claim his first major title since the 2017 US Open Pool Championship.

The historic week for Asian pool was commemorated with a trophy presentation by the legendary Efren Reyes, who had delighted fans with two exhibition matches against Vietnamese star Nguyen Anh Tuan and local hero Do Khai over the weekend.

In the midst of this excitement, AJ Manas from the Philippines dominated the Vietnam Junior Open, conceding only 11 racks throughout the week on his way to a resounding 9-2 victory against Liao Hung-Fen of Chinese Taipei.

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