Germany Clinches World Teams Championship with Last-Minute Triumph

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The Puerto Rico Billiard Expo reached a thrilling climax on its final day, as Chinese Taipei aimed for a repeat victory against Germany, the previous winners of the World Teams in 2012. Despite securing the first two sets, Team Germany’s Joshua, Pia, and Moritz displayed incredible resilience and teamwork, staging a comeback. They secured the mixed doubles in the third set, and Joshua claimed victory in the singles match during the fourth set, leading to a decisive shootout in the fifth set.

In the nail-biting sudden-death shootout, tension rose as both teams hit their first four shots. Wu Kun Lin’s miss heightened the drama, followed by Moritz Neuhausen and Chou’s misses. The exhilarating moment came when Pia Filler made the winning shot, marking one of the most dramatic endings to a world championship. This single shot determined the recipient of the extraordinary $120,000 first prize.

Pia Filler, reflecting on the victory, said, “It’s an incredible feeling to make the money ball and to do it for my team, especially because I played bad in the single’s matches. I just thought that’s my chance to redeem myself. It’s been an incredible week.”

Joshua Filler added, “I’m just over the moon. I’m glad that she made the last ball because I didn’t want to get back to the table (laughs). I think ‘believe’ is the right word for what we did; we never stopped believing in ourselves and our teammates.”

Moritz Neuhausen shared his thoughts, saying, “It was an up and down; we still can’t believe it. In the end, we somehow won. I missed for the title, and I’m glad that Pia made it because I couldn’t hold the nerves anymore. It was an amazing event; we had so much fun, and that’s the most important thing.”

Special recognition goes to the underdog team Portugal for showcasing exceptional skill in reaching the semifinals, and to the consistently formidable team of Austria, earning them the bronze medal.

The conclusion of the Predator WPA World Teams Championship marks the end of an incredible week of pool in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Heartfelt thanks to all the staff, sponsors, players, and fans who made this event possible.

This event was made possible by sponsors and partners such as Medalla Light, Predator Group, Kamui Brand, CSI, Rums of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Discover Puerto Rico, District Puerto Rico, and Popular. The event featured Predator Apex pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia Performance Cloth, Predator Arcos II balls, and was illuminated by Predator Arena billiard lights.

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