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Wu Chia-ching at the 2007 World Pool Trickshot Masters
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wu.

Wu Chia-ching (traditional Chinese: 吳珈慶simplified Chinese: 吴珈庆pinyin: Wú Jiāqìng), (b. February 9, 1989 in Taiwan) is a professional pool player. He is nicknamed the "Taisun" ("Little Genius").

Raised by his grandmother from the age of 2, Wu began playing eight-ball the age of 10 at his family-run pool hall. When he became serious about pool, his grandmother would shuttle him from one competition venue to another on her scooter.[1]

In 2005, after only six years of playing, Wu became the youngest player (at 17 years, 5 months old) ever to win the WPA World Nine-ball Championship. The next year, he was the top seed of the event, but lost in the quarter-final round to eventual winner Ronato Alcano of the Philippines.

Wu also won the 2005 WPA World Eight-ball Championship. Previously, he was the runner-up at the 2004 Juniors Nine-ball World Championship.

He placed second to Darren Appleton in the inaugural WPA World Ten-ball Championship in 2008, claiming the runner-up prize of US$40,000[2] In the semi-finals of the event, Wu had defeated Demosthenes Pulpul of the Philippines, 11–8, using a borrowed cue stick.[3][4][5]

Career achievements

  • 2002 Taiwan National Youth, Champion
  • 2002 Taiwan National Pro Tour, third place
  • 2004 WPA Juniors World Nine-Ball Championship, 2nd place
  • 2005 WPA Men's World Nine-Ball Champion
  • 2005 WPA World Eight-ball Champion
  • 2005 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Singapore Leg, runner-Up
  • 2006 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, 4th place
  • 2006 World Pool Masters Tournament, semi-finalist
  • 2006 World Nine-ball Championship, quarter-finalist
  • 2007 All Japan Championship, Champion
  • 2008 World Ten-Ball Championship, 2nd place

References

  1. ^ Wu's grandmother interview
  2. ^ dailytimes.com.pk, "Britain's Appleton Wins World 10-Ball Championship"
  3. ^ sports.inquirer.net, "Pulpul's Magical Run Ends"
  4. ^ abs-cbnnews.com, "Pulpul Fails to Reach World 10-Ball Finals"
  5. ^ insidepoolmag.com, "Dynamite Blasts World 10-Ball Championship"

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alex Pagulayan
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Ronato Alcano
Preceded by
Efren Reyes
WPA Men's World Eight-ball Champion
2005
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