Ko Pin Yi Advances to Quarter-Finals in World Pool Masters 2024

Ko Pin Yi etches his name in history as the first defending champion in seven years to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2024 World Pool Masters. His triumph over David Alcaide in the opening round at Halle39 in Hildesheim, Germany, organized by Moltke Sports and broadcasted by Sky Sports, marks a significant milestone.

Facing two-time champion David ‘El Matador’ Alcaide, Ko Pin Yi encountered a challenging battle. Although he initially lost his lead due to a missed combo, he capitalized on Alcaide’s errors, ultimately securing a 9-6 victory. This win not only propels Ko Pin Yi into the next round but also breaks a seven-year streak of defending champions falling in the first round.

Reflecting on his performance, Ko Pin Yi expressed satisfaction with his victory, acknowledging the tough competition presented by Alcaide. He attributed his success to adjustments in his breaking technique, which allowed him to elevate his game when it mattered most.

In another exciting match, Ko Ping Chung, following his brother’s footsteps as the 2023 US Open champion, delivered a masterclass performance against rising star Wiktor Zielinski. With a commanding 9-2 victory, Ko Ping Chung secured his spot in the quarter-finals, showcasing his skill on the table.

The evening session featured intense matchups, including Francisco Sanchez Ruiz’s redemption victory over James Aranas and Fedor Gorst’s clinical precision against Mario He. The night concluded with a thrilling showdown between Shane Van Boening and Duong Quoc Hoang, with Van Boening emerging victorious in a nail-biting final rack.

The quarter-finals promise more excitement, with matchups like Joshua Killer Filler versus Ko Ping Chung and defending champion Ko Pin Yi facing off against Francisco Sanchez Ruiz. Fans can catch all the action live on various platforms including Sky Sports, DAZN, and Matchroom.Live.

The 30th Anniversary of World Pool Masters maintains its challenging format, with 16 players vying for a share of the enticing $125,000 prize pool. Matches progress from Race to 9 in the opening round to Race to 13 in the final, ensuring intense competition throughout the tournament.

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