The 2023 Spanish Open Pool Championship has been filled with electrifying moments and exceptional performances by some of the world’s top pool players. Skyler Woodward, known for his skill and precision on the Matchroom stage, delivered a flawless performance, whitewashing Ko Pin Yi 10-0 to secure a spot in the semi-finals. Woodward’s dominant display left his opponent reeling and showcased his exceptional talent.
Dominance on the Table: Woodward vs. Ko Pin Yi
Woodward’s performance against Ko Pin Yi was a sight to behold. Right from the opening rack, Woodward capitalized on Ko’s marginal errors and never looked back. Ko’s misplaced shot in the early stages of the match set the tone for Woodward’s relentless pursuit of victory. With four break and runs in the first eight racks, Woodward brought himself within two games of a commanding win. Ko struggled to regain his composure, knowing that even the slightest mistake would be seized upon by his American adversary. In the end, Woodward’s skill and precision prevailed, securing him a place in the semi-finals.
Reflecting on his remarkable victory, Woodward said, “Beating Ko is no easy feat. I knew that if he made a mistake, I had to seize control. I put him under pressure and capitalized on his early errors. The tighter pockets demand a focused approach, and I’ve minimized loose shots to improve my game. I’m enjoying my time here at the Spanish Open and hope to continue playing well.”
Drama Unfolds: Duong Quoc Hoang vs. Marc Bijsterbosch
The Matchroom Pool YouTube channel witnessed an exhilarating encounter between Duong Quoc Hoang and Marc Bijsterbosch. Hoang staged an incredible comeback, pushing the match to a thrilling hill-hill decider after trailing 9-3. What seemed like an insurmountable challenge for Hoang turned into a captivating battle. He broke the rack and left Bijsterbosch in a precarious situation, leading to a foul by the Dutchman. With ball in hand, Hoang had the opportunity for a makeable 4-9 combo that appeared unlikely just moments earlier. However, luck was not on his side, as his cue ball double-kissed the nine and traveled up the table, giving Bijsterbosch a chance at a 4-9 combo of his own. In the end, Bijsterbosch secured victory, reaching his first Matchroom semi-final.
Expressing his joy, Bijsterbosch said, “Winning the match feels great. I had a stroke of luck in the end, but I started strong. Everything seemed to go my way until I missed some easy shots. Thankfully, I sealed the victory before Duong could. I had to remain patient and wait for my moment. Although I couldn’t finish it off cleanly, I’m thrilled to be in the semi-finals.”
Kaçi Overcomes the Odds: Eklent Kaçi vs. Joao Grilo
Eklent Kaçi faced a challenging task when he found himself trailing 6-1 against Joao Grilo in the Last 16 encounter. However, Kaçi demonstrated resilience and determination, mounting a remarkable comeback. With the UK Open champion awaiting the winner, Kaçi knew he had to dig deep to secure victory. In their previous meeting earlier in the week, Dang Jin Hu had emerged triumphant in a tight battle, defeating Kaçi 9-7. The margin of victory for either player in the semi-finals would be noteworthy.
Trailing 8-1, Kaçi received a lifeline when Dang lost cue ball position on the nine, allowing the Albanian player to narrow the gap. Kaçi had multiple opportunities to mount a comeback, but he faced challenges when a 1-2 combo went awry, causing him to miss out on a significant chance to gain momentum. Despite the obstacles, Kaçi fought back valiantly, ultimately securing victory and setting up a clash with Dang Jin Hu.
Labutis’s Triumph: Fedor Gorst vs. Pijus Labutis
The quarter-final match between Fedor Gorst and Pijus Labutis was expected to favor Gorst, the 2019 World Champion. However, Labutis showed no signs of intimidation and quickly found his rhythm against the seasoned champion. With Labutis steadily pulling ahead at 6-4 and then 7-4, Gorst attempted a comeback at 7-5. Unfortunately for Gorst, a wayward break left him hooked on the two ball, allowing Labutis to capitalize on the situation and extend his lead to 8-5. Labutis maintained his strong performance, claiming a well-deserved victory and securing a meeting with Bijsterbosch in the semi-finals.
The Spanish Open has captivated fans worldwide with its thrilling matches and exceptional talent on display. The semi-finals promise to provide even more excitement as the remaining players battle it out for a place in the final. The matchups for the semi-finals are as follows:
- Marc Bijsterbosch (NED) vs. Pijus Labutis (LTU)
- Skyler Woodward (USA) vs. Dang Jin Hu (CHN)
The semi-finals are set to commence at 1:30 PM local time (CEST), and fans can access the live match odds through online gaming websites. Throughout the event, rack-by-rack scoring will be available on the official Matchroom Pool website, thanks to their partners PRP.
How to Follow the Spanish Open Pool Championship
No matter where you are in the world, you can witness the thrilling action of the Spanish Open. Fans in the UK and Ireland can catch the final two days of the championship on Sky Sports. In the USA, all six days of the tournament will be broadcasted live on DAZN. Viewers in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Poland, and the Netherlands can watch the matches unfold on Viaplay. Fans in the Philippines and Vietnam can also enjoy the excitement on Matchroom.Live and VietContent channels, respectively.
The 2023 Spanish Open Pool Championship has lived up to its reputation, showcasing exceptional performances and unforgettable moments. The relentless pursuit of victory by players like Skyler Woodward, Marc Bijsterbosch, Eklent Kaçi, and Pijus Labutis has enthralled fans around the globe. As the semi-finals approach, the anticipation grows, and viewers eagerly await the battles that lie ahead. The Spanish Open continues to cement its status as a premier event in the world of pool, captivating fans and inspiring players to push the boundaries of their abilities.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
The semi-finals are scheduled to start on 25th June at 1:30 PM local time (CEST).
The championship can be watched on various platforms, including Sky Sports, DAZN, Viaplay, and VietContent channels.
Yes, the championship features a seeded double elimination stage, with the top 128 players on the World Nineball Tour Rankings.
You can follow rack-by-rack scoring updates at www.matchroompool.com/live-scores
The Spanish Open Pool Championship is a prestigious tournament that attracts top pool players from around the world. It offers a platform for players to showcase their skills and compete against the best in the sport.