Corteza draws bye in US Open 9-Ball-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
WORLD Cup of Pool champion Lee Vann Corteza drew a bye in the first round of the 38th Annual U.S. Open that opened Monday at the Marriott Chesapeake-Norfolk Convention Center in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Corteza, who hails from Mintal in Davao City, has yet to see action today against the winner between E. Levitte and J. Richko of the host country.
The 34-year-old Dabawenyo cue artist had barely a month to rest and prepare for the said tournament after he and Dennis Orcollo of Bislig, Surigao del Sur clinched the 888.com World Cup of Pool gold medal at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London, England last month.
Corteza, in a recent chat, said he is going into the U.S. 9-Ball with a high morale following the Wcop feat that won his partnership with Orcollo a whopping US$60,000.
"It's my dream to win international tournaments. I'll just play my best game in the U.S. Open and pray that the ball will be on my favor," he said in Filipino.
He last competed in the U.S. Open 9-Ball in 2011 where he placed 17th. He, however, ruled the U.S. Open 10-Ball in 2010.
Corteza topped the China Open 2013 in July but finished in the Last 16 of the World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar a month later. (MLSA)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 15, 2013.