De Luna loses to German in US Open semis

Jeff De Luna
Jeff De Luna

by Kristel Satumbaga

Jeff de Luna fell short in his bid to end the country’s title drought in the US Open 9-Ball Championship after losing to eventual champion Joshua Filler of Germany, 11-8, in the semis on Friday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

De Luna, 33, was in control of the match early as he took leads of 5-2 and 8-7 until Filler found his touch to turn things around by claiming the next four racks.

The German went on to win the crown and the top prize of $50,000 by downing Chinese Wu Jiaqing, 13-10.
De Luna settled for $12,000 (roughly P612,000) prize.

Wu advanced to the final with an 11-5 win over Taiwanese Chang Yu-Lung.

De Luna’s semis loss extended the country’s agony to 15 years.

The last time a Filipino won the prestigious event was in 2005 courtesy of Alex Pagulayan.

Pagulayan, who lost badly to De Luna in the quarters, 11-5, is now playing for Canada.

The only other Filipino to have won the event was De Luna’s idol – Efren “Bata” Reyes who reigned supreme in 1994.
De Luna’s other victims in the 256-man field event were Liu Haitao, 11-5; Japan’s Kenichi Uchigaki, 11-3; Dennis Orcollo, 11-10; and American Chris Robinson, 11-9.

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