Online Tournament Coverage

by Mike Mazek Jul 21, 2001, 12:47 PM EST

Jeremy Jones lasted until the quarterfinals...

Germany's Ralf Souquet continued his torrid play at the 2001 Admiral World Pool Championship in Cardiff, Wales. He controlled every moment of his quarterfinal match against Sweden's Marcus Chamat, and captured an 11-1 victory.

Lone remaining American Jeremy Jones was also eliminated on Saturday. Jones, who battled a slight cold the night before, dropped his first seven games against Chia-hsiung Lai of Chinese Taipei. Lai never looked back, and held on for an 11-3 win. Jones collected $8,500 for a share of fifth place.

"We exchanged safeties early," said Jones, "The next time I looked up, it was 7-0. I wish I could have represented the country a little further. I really wanted to win this tournament."

...where Chia-hsiung Lai's cool, skilled play led to an 11-3 win.

Tournament Notes
Much of the post-match conversation at the tournament has revolved around the new-found intracacies of the Sardo Tight Rack. This year's tournament marked the first time the racking device has been used at the World Pool-Billiard Association's World Championships. However, soft breaks and 1 balls consistently pouring into the side pocket have caused most in attendance to ponder adjustments - even inventor Lou Sardo himself.

"I think people will learn a lot from this event, and I don't think they're going to keep the same format again," said Sardo. "I've heard they're going to a break box to put a stop to it."

However, Sardo isn't certain of any other similar patterns that may result from the break-box position. "I don't care where they tell me to put the rack," he said. "But the only thing that I can guarantee is a perfect rack."

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