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by Mike Mazek Jul 18, 2001, 11:55 AM EST

With the 128-man field trimmed to 64 after Tuesday's play, it didn't take long for the upsets to get underway as well. After the first four days of race-to-5 round-robin competition at the 2001 Admiral World Pool Championship at Cardiff International Arena in Cardiff, Wales, the single-elimination, race-to-9 Round of 64 took American rising star Cory Deuel as its first victim. Deuel, who is having the best year of his career with the Billiard Congress of America 9-ball championship and Sands Regency Reno Open titles under his belt, took a 2-0 lead on Finland's Mika Immonen, before Immonen roared back to take a 9-3 win on Wednesday morning.

"When [Deuel] saw that I started to play well," said Immonen, "he started struggling. He missed a lot of shots that he usually doesn't miss. He was definitely one of the favorites, and I'm proud to beat him."

In other early Wednesday action, Johnny Archer erased a 4-0 deficit to eventually win, 9-6, over Italy's Fabio Petroni. Wednesday's complete schedule is listed below.

Tournament Notes
At least one match-up in Wednesday night's draw is certain to pack the stands of Cardiff International Arena. U.K. snooker legends Steve Davis and Jimmy White will square off in this evening's TV match on Table 1.

Last year, Davis was one of many memorable stories to surface during the 2000 World Pool Championship. Davis' improbable, crowd-fueled run ended in the quarterfinals. Prior to his fifth-place finish, Davis knocked off three former world 9-ball champions.

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