JEFFREY Ignacio fell short in his title bid as he lost to Chang Yu Lung of Chinese Taipei, 11-5, in the finals of the World 9-Ball China Open in Shanghai.
The 22-year-old Ignacio settled for a runner-up finish after an amazing run by the unheralded Batangas native to the finals of the World Pool-Billiard Association-sanctioned event.
Following the runner-up finish, Ignacio, who is under the stable of Perry Mariano's Bugsy Promotions, is seeking a spot in the World 9-Ball Championship set next week in Doha.
Ignacio defeated compatriot Carlo Biado in the semifinals, 11-6, after beating former world 9-ball titlist Mika Immonen, 11-6, in the round-of-eight to set up the finals match against Chang.
Yu Han of China defeated Ga Young Kim of Korea, 5-0, in the women’s final.