Cuesports: Yapp's run ends in q-final of World 9-ball C'ships, best result by a S'porean

National pool player Aloysius Yapp was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Nine-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar.
National pool player Aloysius Yapp was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Nine-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

SINGAPORE - National pool player Aloysius Yapp was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Nine-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar on Friday morning (Sept 18).

The 19-year-old Yapp, who won the nine-ball World Junior Pool Championships in Shanghai last November, lost 7-11 to former world champion Wu Jiaqing of China Doha's Al Arabi Sports Club.

Nevertheless, this was not only Yapp's best effort in the annual prestigious tournament but his run to the last-eight, which earned him US$5,000 (S$7,000), was the best result ever achieved by a Singaporean.

Said the reigning Sportsboy of the Year: "I surpassed my own personal targets and my performances have given me a lot of confidence as I feel I can compete with the very best in the world."

National team-mate Toh Lian Han lost to David Alcaide of Spain 7-11 in the round of 32 on Thursday, while Goh Chin Teck exited the competition on Wednesday after an 11-3 defeat by Finnish pro Mika Immonen in the last 64 - the first knockout round.

Yapp, ranked 43rd in the world, will next partner compatriot Chan Keng Kwang as the pair compete in the World Cup of Pool held from Sept 22-27 at the York Hall in London.

jonwong@sph.com.sg