Dynamic Billiard TURKISH OPEN
Presented by the Turkish Billiard Federation
Day Two – Big Names Fall as Field Reduces to 16
THE FIELD IS down to the last 16 at the Dynamic Billiard Turkish Open
with some of the heavyweight favourites for the title suffering shock
losses in the round of 32. Played out at the Venezia Palace Hotel on the
Antalyan coast in Turkey, this is the third stop on the Euro Tour in
With some names absent from the event this time around, it was a
terrific opportunity for others to climb the rankings but for No.2
ranked Eklent Kaci, WPA World No.2 David Alcaide, and veteran champion
Niels Feijen it was all over in the last 32.
Kaci (Albania) who recently triumphed in the WPA World 10 Ball
Championship in Las Vegas, went out 9-6 to Finland’s Kim Laaksonen while
Feijen depareted 9-5 to Mariusz Skoneczny, another in a very long line
of strong Polish players.
David Alcaide had the misfortune to run into Switzerland’s
ever-dangerous Ronnie Regli who prevailed via a 9-6 scoreline.
There are some exciting matches set for tomorrow (Saturday) as the event
concludes with four more rounds to find a champion. The picks of the
round of 16 are the talented Pole Wojciech Szewczyk against Czech/German
veteran Roman Hybler, dangerman Ronnie Regli against up-and-coming Dane
Mickey Krause and Norway’s Matt Schnetje v Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz as the
Spaniard hunts back-to-back Euro Tour victories.
Play gets underway at midday local time with the championship match
scheduled for 17.30.
Meanwhile, alongside the men’s’ event is the Antalya Open on the
Predator Euro Tour Women.
Starting with 32 runners, the event is now down to the final four who
play off tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.00 local time, with the final
following at midday.
Russia’s Kristina Tkach looks to be the favourite following an intensive
summer competing in men’s events with some success, but she will need to
overcome Ana Gradisnik (Slovenia) first. In the other semi-final, Kamila
Khodjaeva, who had the unenviable job of beating her sister Diana in the
quarter finals, takes on Poland’s Oliwia Zalewska, who is the defending
champion following her win here in 2019.
All the matches can be viewed live at www.kozoom.com
Results, live scoring and draw are available at www.epbf.com
Luke Riches on behalf of the EPBF.