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FILLER DUMPS DEFENDING CHAMP SHAW OUT OF PARTYPOKER US OPEN 9-BALL

Jayson Shaw’s partypoker US Open 9-Ball Championship defence is over after he was defeated 11-4 by World Champion Joshua Filler at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center, Las Vegas on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.

Filler will now play Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz in the quarter-finals after the Spaniard beat Ko Ping-Chung 11-4 in the morning session’s second last-16 fixture.

Having lost to Hsu Kai-Lun on Monday evening ‘Killer’ Filler had to battle through four losers’-round matches on Tuesday to reach the single elimination stage but showed no signs of fatigue as he won ten consecutive racks to overturn an early 3-0 deficit against Shaw.

The Scot gave himself a glimmer of hope by taking the 14th game but Filler was soon back at the table and his outstanding form was evident again as he made the final 9 in style to move into the quarter-finals.

“To play the defending champion, I was quite nervous,” said Filler. “I got a good break and that gave me a lot of confidence. It was a 50/50 match; we have both been champions of big events so it could have gone either way.

“I have had some tough matches already; I had to beat Alex Kazakis, Albin Ouschan who are two of the hottest players in the world. I won the World Championships in December but this is the toughest tournament I have ever played, it is unbelievable.”

Filler will now play Sanchez-Ruiz on Thursday after the Spaniard put in a confident performance against Ko Ping-Chung. Having already knocked out Ping-Chung’s brother Ko Pin-Yi in the winners’ qualification match yesterday, Sanchez-Ruiz built an early 6-1 lead. Ko fought back to within two but struggled to find his rhythm and his opponent was soon back at the table and raced to a comfortable 11-4 victory.

“I played so well in the match and was really happy with my play,” said Sanchez-Ruiz. “I played against both players and played well so I am really happy. They are both top players in the world so they were difficult matches. The quarter-final will be a tough match. Filler is World Champion but I am focussed on my game and I believe in my game, so we will see what happens.”

Play continues with four more last-16 matches schedule for Wednesday. All matches at the partypoker US Open 9-Ball Championship are race to 11, winner breaks, except the final which is race to 13. Live scores are available now at www.matchroompool.com.

Players are playing for their share of a $300,000 tournament purse. The winner will take home $50,000, the famous US Open green jacket and the newly-commissioned Barry Behrman trophy.

Tickets for the 43rd partypoker US Open 9-Ball Championship are still available at www.matchroompool.com from as little as $10 with VIP packages also available for the final three days of the tournament.

LAST 16 FIXTURES:

April 24, Session 1 (9am)
Jayson Shaw 4-11 Joshua Filler
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 11-4 Ko Ping-Chung

April 24, Session 2 (1.30pm)
Jeffrey De Luna vs. Imran Majid
Alex Pagulayan vs. Aloysuis Yapp

April 24, Session 3 (6pm)
Hsu Kai-Lun vs. Lui Haitao
Chang Yu-Lung vs. Jeffrey Ignacio

April 25, Session 1 (9am)
Hsu Jui-An vs. Wang Can
Shane van Boening vs. Wu Jiaqing

Nick Teale

Media Director at Matchroom Sports which has become one of the world's largest suppliers of sports programming over the past two decades. Matchroom Sport is one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, which organizes multiple pool events including the Mosconi Cup, the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters.

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