First World Cup of 2019 - Antalya, Turkey

The world's best and scores of hopefuls kicked-off the first world cup in the 2019 cycle. Meeting in Antalya, Turkey the event ran from February 10-17. Preliminary qualification rounds were followed by the main event culminating in the finals held in single elimination knock-out format.

This year the main event would start with a slightly different format. After the pre-rounds, the main draw of 32 players would consist of 14 top players from the ranking, numbers 1 and 2 from the qualifications, 1 wildcard from UMB; 2 wildcards from the organizing body, and numbers 3 to 15 of the qualifications (10 group winners and 3 best numbers 2).With these 32 players, eight groups of four would form, of whom the best two pass to the knock-outs with 16.

We track the leaders from each day to watch and see if any early round hopefuls can survive until the main event. One did!

Day one Leaders Day Two Leaders Day Three Leaders
1 Muharrem Peker 4-1.200-8
2 Mehmet Bolsu 4-1.200-5
3 Serdar Bas 4-1.153-4
4 Mehmet Yavas 4-1.090-6
5 Tae Jun Oh 4-0.983-7
6 In Seok Kang 4-0.909-5
7 Emrullah Basegmez 4-0.869-8
8 Kim Le Hoang 4-0.833-3
9 Fadi Abousaleh 4-0,759-5
10 Jordy de Kruijf 4-0.750-4
11 Adam Kulak 3-1.200-5
12 Ronny Lindemann 3-1.090-6
13 Furkan Senel3-1.052-6
14 Omer Karakurt 2-1.365-6
15 Ilhan Ürküt 2-1.092-5
16 Sun-Woong Lee 2-0.936-7
1 Adem Kulak 4-1.666-6
2 In-Won Kang 4-1.578-9
3 Antonio Montes 4-1.500-9
4 Glenn Hofman 4-1.250-7
5 Ahmet Alp 4-1.224-5
6 Ronny Lindemann 4-1.224-6
7 Sung Il Jeong 4-1.176-8
8 Sun-Woong Lee 4-1.153-5
9 Mehmet Goren 4-1.111-5
10 Serdar Bas 4-0.952-8
11 Manol Minaoglu 4-0.923-5
12 Herbert Szivacz 4-0.895-6
13 Murat Tüzül 3-1.153-7
14 Gwendal Maréchal 2-1.414-8
15 Savas Bulut 2-1.113-6
16 Jordy de Kruijf 2-0.907-7
1 Duc Anh Chien Nguyen 4-1.621-11
2 Sun Woong Lee 4-1.621-10
3 In-Won Kang 4-1.578-11
4 Dion Nelin 4-1.578-5
5 Glenn Hofman 4-1.538-11
6 Murat Tüzül 4-1.463-7
7 Savas Bulut 4-1.428-10
8 Murat Celik 4-1.363-9
9 Serdar Bas 4-1.363-9
10 Wan Young Choi 4-1.276-5
11 Can Capak 4-1.153-8
12 Bong Chull Kim 3-1.538-6
13 Antonio Montes 3-1.333-8
14 Hideaki Kobayashi 3-1.111-8
15 Jose Juan Garcia 2-1.781-9
16 David Pennör 2-0.909-7

Serdar Bas and Sun-Woong Lee were the revelations of the tournament up to this point. Each had made it through the pre-qual rounds and then faced even tougher competition in the group stage. And it was Serdar Bas who was able to capture the final position of the three runners-up to advance to the main event. Here are the final leaders in the last qual stage who advance to the main draw.

20190214SerdarBasThe top twelve group winners:
1 Nikos Polychronopoulos 4-2.962-15
2 Myung-Woo Cho 4-2.962-11
3 Torbjörn Blomdahl 4-2.352-11
4 Dinh Nai Ngo 4-1.904-10
5 Dani Sánchez 4-1.860-11
6 Martin Horn 4-1.777-18
7 David Martinez 4-1.632-9
8 Roland Forthomme 4-1.509-7
9 Wan Young Choi 4-1.159-7
10 Javier Palazón 3-1.403-7
11 Minh Cam Ma 2-2.000-8
12 HaengJik Kim 2-1.553-9
Three runners to complete the main draw:
1 Eddy Leppens 2-2.000-9
2 Can Capak 2-1.809-11
3 Serdar Bas 2-1.707-16

The new format for the final stages breaks the 32 players into eight groups of four with the best two from each group advancing to the final 16-man knock-out stage. Play begins Friday and continues until Sunday.

Group A: Myung Woo Cho, Pedro Piedrabuena, Dick Jaspers, Serdar Bas
Group B: Nikos Polycrhonopoulos, Frédéic Caudron, Lutfi Cenet, Can Capak
Group C: Eddy Merckx, Sung-Won Choi, Birol Uymaz, Eddy Leppens
Group D:
Semih Sayginer, Murat Naci Coklu, Torbjörn Blomdhl, HaengJik Kim
Group E:
Tayfun Tasdemir, Dinh Nai Ngo, Marco Zanetti, Minh Cam Ma
Group F: Jae-Ho Cho, Sameh Sidhom, Dani Sánchez, Javier Palazón
Group G: Jung-Han Heo, Martin Horn, Quyet Chien Tran, Wan Young Choi
Group H: Nguyen Quoc Nguyen, David Martinez, Jéréremy Bury, Roland Forthomme.

Continue to check back each day for more updates.

For information, schedules and results during the event - CLICK HERE

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Thanks to Kozoom and UMB for statistics and pictures.

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