Philippines, 14 Jul 2020
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


Russian Fedor Gorst wins the 2019 World 9-ball Championship in Doha


PhilBoxing.com




(Doha, Qatar)--Playing with a poise, calm and skill that clearly belied his 19 years of age, Russia’s Fedor Gorst won the 2019 World 9-ball Championship today in Doha, Qatar, defeating a stingy Chang Jung Lin of Taiwan, 13-11.

The match was nothing short of a brutal marathon, lasting four hours, and the slow, grinding style of Chang only added to the supreme test of pressure and drama that seemed to accompany every rack. That Gorst was able to suck it all up against one of the greats of the last 15 years, and withstand the inevitable emotional peaks and valleys that come in a long, tiring match, will surely add to the satisfaction the young Russian must surely be feeling. There were several lead changes, and the more experienced Chang grabbed the momentum midway through. But Gorst persevered and grabbed the momentum back when it counted most, and close it out in style.

The win by Gorst will surely be extremely pleasing to his many fans. Not only is the low key and friendly Russian easy to root for, but his hard work and prodigious talent have, for the last few years, portended greatness. That Gorst pulled off the ultimate prize in pool at just 19 years of age is an absolutely stunning feat, and bodes amazingly well for the young man’s future, and for European pool as well.



For Chang, the loss was clearly a bitter disappointment that will sting for the foreseeable future. The 2012 World 8-ball champion has been one of pool’s most consistent and successful players over the last 15 years. But the World 9-ball Championship was the one title he has wanted the most. Winning in the pool world is so tough and so brutal, that opportunities like this don’t often come your way. Chang’s demeanor afterwards spoke of his realization that he let the ultimate prize slip out of his hands.

The marathon final came on the heels of two long semi-finals matches played concurrently earlier in the day. In one semi-final Gorst matched up with World 10-ball Champion Ko Ping Chung in a fascinating battle of two of the sports finest young talents. Most fans had “Little” Ko the favorite as he had look implacable over the last 4 days. But Gorst proved to be the more resilient on this day. With little between them the first half of the match, It was the Russian who outwitted the Taiwanese winning in strong showing, 11-7.

The other semi-final featured Chang against China’s Lui Haitao in a battle of hard core grinders. Chang took an early lead and never once fell behind. Playing his methodical and calculating style, Chang turned the screws throughout and won in a relative breeze, 11-5.

The final presented the ideal story line for fans to sink their teeth into: the wily 34 year old veteran finally on the brink of capturing the sport's most coveted title, taking on the 19 year old upstart looking to become the second youngest player to ever win the World 9-ball title.

With Chang in no hurry, and neither player rarely getting good looks off the break, the match started out slow and continued at a snail’s pace throughout. Chang won the first two racks. Gorst then got one back before the Taiwanese countered off of the Russian’s self snooker to make it 3-1.

The pair traded racks again to go 4-2 but then Chang, who’s slow play seemed to only create self inflicted wounds, started to falter. Gorst won the next three to grab his first lead of the match at 5-4. The Russian clearly had the momentum on his side.

Chang came back from a bathroom break a changed man, however, winning the next four racks. The Russian looked to be tiring under the slow conditions and the match threatened to get away from him. But Gorst stemmed the tide with two racks of his own, a neat break and run, then outwitting Chang in a safe battle to close the score to 8-7.

Chang countered off a foul from the Russian to move back up by two. Then Gorst found a second and third wind combined, winning the next four racks to take an 11-9 lead. It was the stuff of champions, rising to the occasion when everything’s at stake.

The Taiwanese halted the rot, winning a safety battle to close to within one. But Gorst pounded on a foul and held his nerve to move to the hill. With the tension nearly unbearable, Chang piled on the pressure with a break and run. But then, breaking for the title, Gorst calmly hit a series of tough shots that led to an open table. He coolly connected the dots and nailed a straight in 9-ball for the title.

Afterwards, Gorst couldn’t quite come to terms with what he had just accomplished, but he knew that it would soon sink in. He had endured a marathon under the greatest of pressure, and emerged a world champion with the brightest of futures.

“I don’t quite understand how big this win is yet. My game wasn’t that good in the semi-final and I don’t think I played that well in the final. But it’s an amazing feeling to pot that 9-ball. I just feel real good right now.

“There was a lot of stuff going on in my mind throughout the match. This stuff happens in long gambling matches, you’re up and down and back and forth. I was really distracted. I wasn’t paying attention at times because he was playing really slow. I tried not to think about it but I was getting angry, but then I told myself there’s nothing you can do about it.

“I got really lucky at the times when I really needed to win the rack. I wouldn’t say I won the match in a lucky way, but kind of.

“I’m sure this win will help me in the future because it proves to me that I have what it takes to play and win under pressure. You can’t win an event like this if you can’t play under pressure. So that’s a really good thing.”

For winning the 2019 World 9-ball Championship Gorst received $30,000, while Chang received $15,000. The total prize fund was $150,000.

*The 2019 WPA World 9-ball Championship took place at the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation in Doha, Qatar from December 10-17, 2019. The event is hosted by The Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation(QBSF), and is sanctioned by the World Pool Billiard Association, the governing body of the sport of pool.

RESULTS

FINALS
Fedor Gorst(RUS) 13 – 11 Jung Lin Chang(TPE)

SEMI-FINALS
Jung Lin Chang(TPE) 11 - 5 Lui Haitao(CHN)
Fedor Gorst(RUS) 11 – 7 Ping Chung Ko(TPE)


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ted Lerner, WPS Media Officer.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Loma May Return as P4P King; Manny Could Lose Rear Post
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Mon, 13 Jul 2020
  • The Past Week in Action 12 July 2020
    By Eric Armit, , Mon, 13 Jul 2020
  • GM "Banjo" Barcenilla wins NCFP qualifying event for the first FIDE Online Olympiad
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 12 Jul 2020
  • July in Boxing History (Part 3 of 3)
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Sun, 12 Jul 2020
  • Pro boxing OK’d under MGCQ
    By Joaquin Henson, , Sun, 12 Jul 2020
  • ALI IN JULY: A GREAT MONTH WITH IRISH ROOTS & OLYMPIC SPIRIT
    , Sun, 12 Jul 2020
  • MORALDE FACES DEL BOSQUE IN VEGAS ON JULY 16
    , Sat, 11 Jul 2020
  • LOOK, WHO’S REAL INSENSITIVE…
    By Aquiles Z. Zonio, , Sat, 11 Jul 2020
  • Baby Uno Online Chess Challenge resume
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sat, 11 Jul 2020
  • Devin Haney Sounds off on Everyone Hovering Around his Division
    , Sat, 11 Jul 2020
  • MATCHROOM BOXING LAUNCH THE PUNCHLINE PODCAST
    , Sat, 11 Jul 2020
  • STORY OF PHILIPPINE BOXING PART LVIII: JOHNRIEL CASIMERO, FOURTH FILIPINO THREE DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Sat, 11 Jul 2020
  • EPIC TAYLOR VS. PERSOON REMATCH CONFIRMED FOR MATCHROOM FIGHT CAMP
    , Sat, 11 Jul 2020
  • July in Boxing History (Part 2 of 3)
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Fri, 10 Jul 2020
  • Skin Magical Dasma/Carsigma chess championship on July 19
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Fri, 10 Jul 2020
  • Heavy (Bubble) Duty: Carlos Takam Decisions Jerry Forrest
    , Fri, 10 Jul 2020
  • STORY OF PHILIPPINE BOXING PART LVII: JOHNRIEL CASIMERO, WORLD LIGHT FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Fri, 10 Jul 2020
  • Miguel Marriaga-Mark John Yap & Felix Verdejo-Will Madera Set for July 16 Inside MGM Grand “Bubble”
    , Fri, 10 Jul 2020
  • Frank Espinoza: "Oscar Valdez is very happy to be training with Eddy Reynoso, he is one of the best"
    By Hesiquio Balderas, , Thu, 09 Jul 2020
  • Australias "Dynamite Kid" Mitchell Stapleton ready to explode
    , Thu, 09 Jul 2020
  • July in Boxing History (Part 1 of 3)
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Thu, 09 Jul 2020
  • Suarez to go for Olympic gold
    By Joaquin Henson, , Thu, 09 Jul 2020
  • Jun Aquino: The artist with a punch!
    By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, , Thu, 09 Jul 2020
  • Weigh-In Results: Carlos Takam vs. Jerry Forrest
    , Thu, 09 Jul 2020
  • Plania Back Home in Gensan Today
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Thu, 09 Jul 2020




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2020 philboxing.com.