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Final Verdict: Immonen Can Win It
Finnish star redeems 2001 U.S. Open shutout with a hot stroke and cool head.
Story and photos by Mason King
The last time Mika Immonen played in the final of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, he barely played at all. In 2001, exhausted from three tough matches in the losers bracket, he spent most of the final slouching and stewing in his chair. His opponent, Corey Deuel, kept the table in his greedy grip with sharp pattern play and his soon-to-be-infamous soft break. Even when Immonen did get the odd shot, he floundered and grew frustrated.
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