Singaporean pool player Aloysius Yapp 'unlocks' a new level
Singapore's top pool player Aloysius Yapp believes he has made a 'real breakthrough' after capturing his first senior international-level title in the United States on Saturday. He beat Roberto Gomez of the Philippines 4-0, 4-2 in the final of the CueSports International...
He told The Straits Times over the phone:"This win is definitely significant to me."I feel like I've broken a mental barrier, because I had never won a major final like this before. So I feel like I had a real breakthrough."Yapp, whose feats in recent weeks have propelled him up to fifth in the world rankings - the highest ever for a Singaporean - pocketed US$12,000 for his win.
He added he felt he has"unlocked" another level to his game. He had shown"some glimpses" of his talent after he first rose to prominence in 2014, when he won the Junior World 9-Ball title, but never fully delivered on his potential until this US stint.
Two other Singaporeans also competed at the Michigan Open. Toh Lian Han exited at the quarter-final stage, while Sharik Sayed placed 33rd, out of 51 players overall.Next up for the trio is a training stint in Sullivan, Illinois, with former US Mosconi Cup captain Mark Wilson, before a local competition in South Carolina. headtopics.com
They will then compete at another Predator Pro series meet in Wilmington, Ohio from Oct 13-17, before wrapping up their two-month US stint with the Oct 22-30 International Open in Norfolk, Virginia. Read more: The New Paper »
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