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Belgian ends Vietnamese hopes in Carom Billiards 3-Cushion World Cup

By Dang Khoa   November 11, 2019 | 07:37 pm PT
Belgian ends Vietnamese hopes in Carom Billiards 3-Cushion World Cup
Vietnam’s Tran Quoc Chien (R) plays at the Carom Billiards 3-Cushion World Cup in Guri, South Korea, November 2019. Photo courtesy of Kozoom Studio.
Vietnam’s Tran Quyet Chien and Nguyen Quoc Nguyen have crashed out of the Guri Carom Billiards 3-Cushion World Cup in South Korea.

Both lost to Belgium’s Eddy Merckx, who beat Nguyen in the knockout round and Chien, Vietnam's top player, in the quarterfinal.

The Belgian made the break, a move that suits his style, against Nguyen. He led with a score 13-2 in the first three innings with two, eight and three points. Nguyen closed the gap between the sixth and 10th innings and even went into the lead (19-16).

But Merckx dominated the next seven innings scoring 31-20 to win the match 40-29.

Chien easily defeated Columbian Jose Juan Garcia in the knockout stage 40-21 to set up a clash with Merckx in the last eight.

Once again, the Belgian earned the right to break. He played error-free billiards to score 21-9 in the first half and win the match 40-28.

The 51-year-old went on to win the World Cup beating Frenchman Jérémy Bury 40-16 in the final.

Chien won €3,500 ($3,860) for his quarterfinal finish.

He and Nguyen will join Nguyen Duc Anh Chien at the World Union of Billiards World Championships to be held from November 26 to 30 in Randers City in Denmark.

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