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Liu Haitao battled from 6-1 and 9-6 down to beat Hsu Kai-Lun in the last-16 of the partypoker US Open 9-Ball Championship, while Chang Yu-Lung gave Jeffrey Ignacio little opportunity as he won 11-3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center, Las Vegas, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.

Hsu Kai-Lu took a speedy 3-0 lead before Liu got on the board. Hsu extended his advantage to 6-1 before the first of his Chinese opponent’s fightbacks and then put together a second three-pack to take a commanding position at 9-6 up. However, Liu, a World Cup of Pool winner last summer took the next five racks to win the match and move into the quarter-finals.

Liu will meet Chang in the last eight after the Taiwanese player put in a performance of complete dominance – and a little luck – against Ignacio. The Filipino had barely had a shot at the table when he got a chance at 8-1 but soon after getting his second rack on the board control returned to Chang. In missing the 6, Chang fluked a carom on the 9 and had another slice of luck in the next rack as the cue somehow stayed in the jaw of the middle pocket when a scratch looked certain.

Ignacio returned to the table in game 13 and freewheeled his way to a third rack but the match was over minutes later as Chang completed an 11-3 win.

Earlier in the day Joshua Filler defeated defending champion Jayson Shaw with a breath-taking performance to set up a quarter-final tie with Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, who defeated Ko Ping-Chung. There were wins too for Jeffrey De Luna over Imran Majid and Alex Pagulayan in a true hill-hill thriller with Aloysuis Yapp.

The last 16 concludes on Thursday morning with Hsu Jui-An against Wang Can and Shane van Boening versus Wu Jiawing before the four quarter-finals take place in the Diamond Arena at Mandalay Bay. Live scores are available now at

Players are playing for their share of a $300,000 tournament purse. The winner will take home $50,000, the famous US Open green jacket and the newly-commissioned Barry Behrman trophy.

Tickets for the 43rd partypoker US Open 9-Ball Championship are still available at from as little as $10 with VIP packages also available for the final three days of the tournament.


April 24, Session 1 (9am)
Jayson Shaw vs. Joshua Filler
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz vs. Ko Ping-Chung

April 24, Session 2 (1.30pm)
Jeffrey De Luna vs. Imran Majid
Alex Pagulayan vs. Aloysuis Yapp

April 24, Session 3 (6pm)
Hsu Kai-Lun 9-11 Lui Haitao
Chang Yu-Lung 11-3 Jeffrey Ignacio

April 25, Session 1 (9am)Hsu Jui-An vs. Wang Can
Shane van Boening vs. Wu Jiaqing

Photos courtesy of JP Parmentier/Vincent Rochefort

Nick Teale

Media Director at Matchroom Sports which has become one of the world's largest suppliers of sports programming over the past two decades. Matchroom Sport is one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, which organizes multiple pool events including the Mosconi Cup, the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters.

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