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    Lee Vann Corteza nips home bet Naoyuki Oi for Japan Open 10-ball title

    Jul 18, 2018
    Lee Van Corteza tops a 128-man field in Tokyo.
    PHOTO: billiards-days.com

    LEE Vann Corteza beat Naoyuki Oi, 8-7, on Monday to capture the men’s 10-ball crown of the 31st Japan Open 2018 Championship in Tokyo.

    The Davao City native took home ¥1,200,000 yen (roughly P560,000) for winning the crown in the tournament featuring 128 players.

    Corteza beat Tadasu Sukiguhira of Japan, 8-6, in the round-of-16, and edged Cheng Yu-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei, 8-3, in the quarterfinals.

    The Filipino cue artist defeated Wu Kun Lin of Chinese Taipei, 8-4, in the semifinals.

    Corteza topped Group 15 in which eight players competed in a knockout qualifier. Corteza hurdled Naoki Yamashita of Japan, 9-6; Sho Tsuken of Japan, 9-1; and Satoshi Aoki of Japan, 9-3.

    Kuo Szu Ting of Chinese Taipei won over Akimi Kajitami of Japan, 7-5, in the women’s 10-ball final.

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    Lee Van Corteza tops a 128-man field in Tokyo.
    PHOTO: billiards-days.com
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