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Relief, Regret on 'Judgement Day'
by Mike Panozzo Jul 16, 2002, 1:20 PM EST

A third tie-breaker decided the fate of Holland's Nick Van Den Berg.

ONE MORE match win. One fewer games lost. One more game won.

Those were the gut-wrenching thoughts pounding through the heads of players like Johl Younger, Shawn Budd, Gerry Watson, Mohammed Junarto and Shawn Putnam as "Judgement Day" at the Hasseroder World Pool Championship handed down several harsh vedicts.

For players like 2000 Embassy World Snooker Champion Mark Williams, Dutchman Nick Van Den Berg and Germany's Michael Schmidt, Tuesday's relief will lead to a clean slate on Wednesday, when the 64-player knock-out stage in the $300,000 event begins at the Cardiff International Arena.

Welsh national hero Williams earned his birth in the final 64 through conventional methods. The 27-year-old lefthander topped 24-year-old Melbourne native Younger, 5-3, in a win-and-move-on, lose-and-go-home confrontation. Meanwhile, Schmidt secured his place in the knock-out stage by earning two games in a 5-2 loss to Canada's Watson in Group 16. Although the win put Watson even with Schmidt at six group points, the Canadian needed a 5-0 whitewash to win the tie-breaker. (The first tie-breaker in group play is Total Games Lost, followed by Total Games Won. The final decider is head-to-head results.) Indonesia's Junarto and Putnam of the U.S. also finished Group 16 with six points, but finished behind in Total Games Lost.

The afternoon session's ultimate heartbreak was felt by 28-year-old Budd. Facing Van Den Berg in his final match, Budd needed either a win or four games to move on. But the Sydney, Australia, native came up a game short in his 5-3 loss to Van Den Berg. The result left both players with identical records four wins, eight points, 27 Total Games Lost, and 27 Total Games Won. By virtue of his head-to-head win over Budd in that final match, the 22-year-old Euro Tour star from Amsterdam took the group's final spot.

Eight of the 16 groups are now complete. Advancing to the final 64 are:
Group 2 - Ignacio Chavez, Cory Deuel, Tony Robles, Sandor Tot; Group 5 - Efren Reyes, Stephan Cohen, Ernesto Dominguez, Niklas Bergendorf; Group 6 - Johnny Archer, Kun-Fang Lee, Hiroshi Takenaka, Phil Harrison; Group 7 - Francisco Bustamante, Thomas Engert, David Alcaide, Nick Van Den Berg; Group 8 - Antonio Lining, Nick Varner, Wei-Chih Chen, Roman Hybler; Group 12 - Ching-Shun Yang, Rodolfo Luat, Peter Neilsen, Mark Williams; Group 13 - Lee Van Corteza, Sin-Young Park, Rico Diks, Charlie Williams; Group 16 - Takeshi Okumura, Steve Davis, Kun-Chang Huang, Michael Schmidt.

For complete Group standings, and Final 64 pairings, http://www.worldpoolchampionship.com/results.asp";>click here:

Tournament Notes
Cardiff Insider
by Gary Baker

* "SCORPION" Johnny Archer believes the Americans can pull of a real sting and finally capture the world title after three years of being dry.

But the tournament is boiling down to a three-way shoot-out between the men from the States and the men from Asia - from Chinese Taipei and the Philippines.

Archer has quietly but certainly made his way through to the knockout stages and put out Canadian Cliff Thorburn on the TV table today, hammering the former world snooker champion, 5-0.

The Scorpion is now one of those players, including Earl Strickland, Shannon Daulton, Cory Deuel and Nick Varner, who will lead the U.S. assault now that the Championships have got down to the nitty-gritty of sudden death.

He said: "It's more than overdue for us to win it and I would like to see it happen."

As for his own chances, Archer added: "I'm playing better. I'm a lot more comfortable and working well on my game."

He is in such devestating form that he has only lost one match out of seven and topped his group, giving him a much easier seeding in the first knockout draw on Wednesday morning.

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