FINLAND advanced to the PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool final by defeating the United States, 9-7, on Sunday afternoon at the Robinsons Midtown Mall in Manila.
Fresh from their victory over the Filipino pair of Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante on Saturday night, the Finnish pair of Mika Immonen and Petri Makkonen dispatched Shane Van Boening and Rodney Morris to set up a date in the finals with Poland later on Sunday.
Karol Skowerski and Wojciech Szewcyk outclassed the Chinese Taipei duo of Hsu Han-en and Chen Hsin-ting, 9-4.
The Finnish pair won after overcoming a 5-3 lead by the Americans.
"We hung in there,” said Immonen in an interview with Matchroom Sport. “Our break was a bit off at the beginning. Then we adapted. That's what it is in pool. We did better on the long shots than they did.”
Finland appeared to be the more confident team coming into the finals after defeating three former champions in the Philippines, Germany and United States.
“We've already beaten World Cup of Pool champions and if we keep it together, break well, keep our composure then we have every chance. We've both worked hard all week. We've done everything we could. I hope we can do it. We've got a chance now,” Immonen said.