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The first day of single-elimination play began to look more like championship pool. American hope John "Mr. 400" Schmidt ran 101 out of the box, then took his own sweet time for the next 99 to outlast Mike "The Pain From Maine" Dechaine. The Netherlands' Huidji See, the 2007 runner-up, gamely came from 60 balls back to leave Deuel stuck on 197. And in two splendid all-German matches, Ortmann played wondrously in taking apart the ultra-dangerous Engert, and Hohmann caught the luckless Souquet again, 200-150.
That evening's matches began with Feijen-Schmidt and See-Bustamante. See, the Netherlands' third-ranked player behind Van den Berg and Feijen, is by far the more accomplished 14.1 player despite giving away decades, but none of that seemed to matter. The balls don't notice how experienced their striker is. Bustamante laid down an utterly pattern-less run of 60-plus early, then another of 40-plus. See was never in it.
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