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2024 UK Open Pool Championship |. WNT No. 1 Ruiz Knocked Out As Kaci's Title Defense Continues


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Eklent Kaci at UK Open Pool Championship
Eklent Kaci Day 4 at UK Open Pool Championship Photo by Takaimages for Matchroom Multi Sport

World Champion Francisco Sanchez Ruiz suffered an unexpected exit from the BetVictor 2024 UK Open Pool Championship at the Telford International Centre, whereas defending champion Eklent Kaçi advances into tomorrow’s Last 16 live on broadcasters worldwide, including DAZN, Viaplay, and Sky Sports in the UK.

 

 

Despite making it to the Last 32, Ruiz fell short against former World Cup of Pool champion Petri Makkonen, losing 10-6. Upsets continued as home favourite Jayson Shaw and Vietnamese star Duong Quoc Hoang both failed to progress from the Last 64 stage, each losing 10-7.

 

Kaçi’s title defence remained strong, staging a crucial comeback against Mario He, overturning a 1-5 deficit to ultimately secure a 10-7 victory. The defending champion went into the Last 32, where he defeated the Singaporean Toh Lian Han with a decisive 10-5. However, his younger brother, Kledio Kaçi, struggled to advance past the Last 64, falling 10-7 to Makkonen.

 

The only Austrian to make it to the quarterfinals, Albin Ouschan, secured a hard-fought victory over snooker champion Gary Wilson in a nail-biting 10-9 battle. Ouschan clawed back from a three-rack deficit, earning his place for tomorrow’s matchup.

 

The Ko brothers effortlessly advanced into the quarterfinals with slid back-to-back victories in their matches alongside last year’s Mosconi Cup Team USA contenders, Fedor Gorst, Shane Van Boening, and this year’s captain, Skyler Woodward.

 

To wrap up the day, Joshua ‘The Killer’ Filler claimed his revenge against old foe Anton Raga with a commanding a 10-0 masterclass, marking a stark contrast to Raga’s victory over Filler in the 2023 European Open.


The JS Junior Open returns alongside the main action in the Telford International Centre. Juniors aged 17 and under all came to Telford hoping to make a name for themselves as an up-and-coming superstar. With host Shaw watching on and welcoming, action was fast-paced as they compete for their part of the $10,000 prize fund. All players were provided with a free jersey from partners Onboard Sportswear as well as welcome pack that included tips and chalk from KAMUI. The final of the JS Junior Open will be live-streamed live on the Matchroom Pool YouTube channel thanks to the partners mentioned above and Cuetec, Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis, and Aramith Balls.

 

Match Schedule

TV TableJoshua Filler (GER) (4) vs Wiktor Zielinski (POL) (11)Eklent Kaci (ALB) (13) vs Shane Van Boening (USA) (2)


Table One

Tobias Bongers (GER) (70) vs Ko Pin Yi (TPE) (12)

Fedor Gorst (USA) (3) vs Robbie Capito (HK) (52)

Skyler Woodward (USA) (16) vs Petri Makkonen (FIN)

 

Table Two

Mieszko Fortunski (POL) (24) vs Ko Ping Chung (TPE) (5)

Mickey Krause (DEN) (68) vs Pijus Labutis (LIT) (36)Albin Ouschan (AUS) (7) vs Liu Ri Tend (TPE) (95)


Live rack-by-rack scoring will be available throughout the event at www.wntlivescores.com.


Wherever you are in the world, you will be able to catch the action with broadcasters globally and live on the Matchroom Pool and Multi Sport YouTube channels in selected territories and on Matchroom.Live. UK-based fans can see the final two days on Sky Sports with the opening four on Matchroom.Live and the Matchroom YouTube. Fans in the USA and Brazil will be able to watch all six days live on DAZN whilst those in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Poland, Netherlands, and Iceland can watch live on Viaplay. 


Spectators will be able to catch the action live from the Telford International Centre throughout the week, with day tickets available from £22 and weekend passes for fans to take in the final two days for just £50. Secure your ticket here

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