Highlights from the BetVictor 2024 UK Open Pool Championship

Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, the reigning World Champion, faced an unexpected departure from the BetVictor 2024 UK Open Pool Championship at the Telford International Centre. Meanwhile, defending champion Eklent Kaçi secured a spot in the Last 16, airing live on global broadcasters like DAZN, Viaplay, and Sky Sports UK.

Ruiz fell short in the Last 32, losing 10-6 to former World Cup of Pool champion Petri Makkonen. Home favorite Jayson Shaw and Vietnamese star Duong Quoc Hoang also suffered defeats in the Last 64, each losing 10-7.

Kaçi demonstrated resilience, staging a comeback from a 1-5 deficit against Mario He to secure a 10-7 victory. He continued his momentum in the Last 32 with a decisive 10-5 win against Toh Lian Han. However, his younger brother, Kledio Kaçi, struggled in the Last 64, falling 10-7 to Makkonen.

The sole Austrian quarterfinalist, Albin Ouschan, secured a hard-fought 10-9 victory over snooker champion Gary Wilson. Ouschan overcame a three-rack deficit to secure his spot in the next round.

The Ko brothers and last year’s Mosconi Cup Team USA contenders, Fedor Gorst, Shane Van Boening, and captain Skyler Woodward, advanced smoothly into the quarterfinals with consecutive victories.

In a revengeful display, Joshua ‘The Killer’ Filler defeated Anton Raga 10-0, marking a stark contrast to Raga’s previous victory over Filler in the 2023 European Open.

In conjunction with the main event, the JS Junior Open unfolded at the Telford International Centre, with juniors aged 17 and under vying to establish themselves as rising stars. Host Shaw presided over the action as players competed for a share of the $10,000 prize fund. All participants received a complimentary jersey from partner Onboard Sportswear, along with a welcome pack featuring tips and chalk from KAMUI. The JS Junior Open final will be live-streamed on the Matchroom Pool YouTube channel, thanks to support from partners including Cuetec, Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis, and Aramith Balls.

Match Schedule:
TV Table:

  • Joshua Filler (GER) (4) vs Wiktor Zielinski (POL) (11)
  • Eklent Kaci (ALB) (13) vs Shane Van Boening (USA) (2)

Table One:

  • Tobias Bongers (GER) (70) vs Ko Pin Yi (TPE) (12)
  • Fedor Gorst (USA) (3) vs Robbie Capito (HK) (52)
  • Skyler Woodward (USA) (16) vs Petri Makkonen (FIN)

Table Two:

  • Mieszko Fortunski (POL) (24) vs Ko Ping Chung (TPE) (5)
  • Mickey Krause (DEN) (68) vs Pijus Labutis (LIT) (36)
  • Albin Ouschan (AUS) (7) vs Liu Ri Tend (TPE) (95)

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