Taiwanese ace Chang Yu-lung produced his best show when it mattered the most as he ran away with the prestigious Kolluna Al Emarat, Kolluna Khalifa 9-ball Open Championship trophy following a formidable 13-4 win over Shane Van Beoing at the Gloria Hotel on Wednesday night.
The China Open champion Chang Yu-lung's domination of the final was such that he left his opponent pinned to his seat and breezed to a massive 7-0 lead.
Van Boening, a former world champion, had a chance to recover but faltered and couldn't stop his Taiwanese rival from grabbing the title.
Chang Yu-lung said: "It didn't matter who I played as the focus was on the game and not the opponent. I tried to concentrate on every ball and was rewarded. I am very happy with the outcome and my performance in this event."
Van Boening said: "Although Chang (Yu-lung) had gained a massive advantage, I always thought I can come back in the match. Had it not been for a couple of mistakes, I could have fared better. He played well, so he deserved to win."
Besides the glittering trophy presented by Khalid Eisa Almidfa, Assistant Secretary General of the UAE General Authority of Youth & Sports Welfare, Chang Yu-lung also took home the winner's purse of 10,000 US dollars, while Van Beoning was rewarded with 4,000 US dollars for his second-place finish.
There were some encouraging results posted by the UAE players as well with Omran Salem making it all the way to the quarter-finals of the major event before going down 11-7 to his Filipino coach Joven Alba.
Earlier, Alba had accounted for another of his wards, Hani Alhowri, defeating the 2012 West Asian gold medallist 11-1 in the last 16 round late on Tuesday night.
Amin Fikri and Mohammed Al Joaker bowed out of the tournament after conceding defeats in their last 32 matches on Tuesday night.
The two semifinals of the tournament, which had received blessings of the Crown Prince of Dubai H.H. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, were both riveting affairs.
Alba, who quit playing competitive pool events six years ago to take up the coaching assignment with the UAE national team, saw his fabulous run come to an end in the semifinals where he lost to Chang Yu-lung of Taiwan 11-8.
In the other semifinal, the clash between two former world champions Van Boening and Mika Immonen of Finland kept the crowd on tenterhooks until very the end. Van Boening staged a fairytale comeback to win the match 11-10.
The match was a see-sawing battle before Immonen took three racks in row to surge 10-7 ahead in the semifinal. Van Boening, however, had other plans and he steadily regained his momentum to steal four racks on the trot to earn himself a place in the final.
The two losing semifinalists Alba and Immonen received 3,000 US dollars each.
A total of 38,750 US dollars were handed out in prize monies at the tournament, which was sanctioned by the Dubai Sports Council and participated by 128 players from 24 countries.