Huidji See a Dutchman with Chinese descent pocketed the much-coveted $60,000 prize and a world title. He defeated Chinese Fu Jinbao with a score of 11-8 at the recently concluded WPA World 10-Ball Championship held at the World Trade Center Pasay City.
The 29-year old Dutchman, who will turn 30 this coming May 30 was a former champion of the 2007 US Open 10-Ball Championship. He ranked 43rd in the latest World Pool (–foul word(s) removed–)ociation rankings. See grows up in Arnhem, Netherlands with Chinese parents.
Huidji See nicknamed in Europe as “The Genius” came from the losers bracket and eventually moved on to reach the finals of the 2011 WPA World 10-Ball Championship. See was quoted in an interview as “It feels like a dream. I didn’t expect anything. I lost (in) the first round but I never gave up. I believed in myself and took one game at a time,” the soft-spoken See said after his victory.
See became the third European to rule the WPA World 10-Ball Championship. He followed the footsteps of fellow European as world champion, Englishman Darren Appleton, 2008 edition and Finnish Mika Immonen winner of the 2009 WPA 10-Ball Championship.
Before reaching the finals one of the greatest achievement made by Huidji was his remarkable performance against Ralf Souquet of Germany from then on he never looked backed and had proven that he can beat anybody in the tournament.
Huidji See defeated Tony Drago of Malta, 9-4, during his quarterfinal match-up, followed by a victory over Yukio Akakariyama of Japan, 9-6, in the semi-final round.
During the finals See open up an early 5-2 lead over Chinese Fu Jianbo, and the Chinese Fu came closer at 7-8 but his effort proved to be not enough against the determined Dutchman who win finally with a score of 11-8.
Meanwhile remaining Filipino pool player, Carlo Biado bowed out of contention against Fu will bring home his biggest price ever in a tournament. For reaching the semi-finals Biado will be awarded with a $15,000 prize money. Huge amount for this young Filipino pool player.