Online Tournament Coverage

Scoreboard Watching In Vogue
by Mike Panozzo Jul 16, 2002, 10:43 AM EST

As rocker Tom Petty once said, "The wait is the hardest part." That is indeed the case throughout the Cardiff International Arena today, as players trying to move through the Group Stage and into the final 64 at the Hasseroder World Pool Championship are forced to nervously watch TV monitors and scoreboards.. their fate often left in the hands of others.

With only the top four from each eight-player group advancing, the difference between moving on and moving out will in some cases come down to total games won and total games lost. In some groups, four wins will be enough to advance. In others, four wins will be no more advantageous than zero.

In today's early matches, several players decided their own fate. Philippine dynamo Francisco Bustamante assured himself the top spot in Group 7 by drubbing David Alcaide of Spain, 5-0, and William Boon Lay Ang of Singapore, 5-2. Mexico's Ernesto Dominguez moved on with a 5-3 win over Efren Reyes, who had already earned his spot in the 64-player knock-out stage.

On the other end of the spectrum, 2001 semifinalist Alain Martel of Canada guaranteed himself an early trip home after dropping a 5-1 decision to Antonio Lining of the Philippines.

For complete Group standings, and Final 64 pairings,">click here:

Tournament Notes
Cardiff Insider

by Gary Baker

* CANADIAN Alain Martel believes he has played 'the worst pool in years' at this year's Championships, which has resulted in the Dancing Bear making an early exit.

Martel posted his only two wins on the opening day and lost his last group game on the platform above the main table today in the Arena, 5-1, to division-leader Antonio Lining of the Philippines.

The big Canadian, a semifinalist in the tournament 12 months ago, said: "I won my first two games, but after that I could not see a ball."

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