Defending straight pool Champion in the women’s division, Jasmin Ouschan, has made her way through to the quarter-finals and is on her way to defend her title.
However, this has not been an easy task so far. After having arrived from the Amway Cup which was held in Taiwan just yesterday, Ouschan won her first match over uprising Russian star Kristina Tkach with relatively clear with 75:41. In the next round, Ouschan had to accept a defeat. She ran out of position when she was on the hill, leading 74:58. Then she missed the next shot which brought her opponent, Sweden’s Louise Furberg back to the table. Fur berg knew that she would not get many more chances like this and made perfect use of the situation, running out and winning the match with 75:75, the closest result possible. Fur berg was qualified for the last 16 single elimination stage while Ouschan had to take the detour over the loser’s qualification round. There, she met Tamara Peeters-Rademakers (NED) and defeated her clearly with 75:50. After that, Ouschan was drawn against Darya Sirotina (RUS). In that match, Ouschan also missed some shots and ran out of position when she was on 71 points. Sirotina could not capitalize from her mistakes and did not get into gear. 75:54 was the final result which booked the defending Champion her seat in the quarter-finals which will be played tomorrow afternoon.
Also today, the wheelchair 10-ball competition has started. In that division, no surprises occurred. The “regular suspects” Fred DInsmore (IRE), Jouni Tahti (FIN) and Kurt Deklerck (BEL) have played their way through to the winner’s qualification round. The only “casualty” today way Henrik Larsson (SWE). The Swede lost his match with Fred Dinsmore 4:6 and needs to make his way over the loser’s bracket now. In his first match on the loser’s side, Larsson remained victorious with a 6:3 win over Emil Malanowski (POL).
The team competition today saw men’s and women’s matches. The following results happened in the men’s winner’s qualification round:
AUT v NED 1:2
SVK v POR 1:2
GER v CRO 2:0
ITA v POL 0:2
That takes teams The Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and Poland into the quarter-final matches. Their opponents will be the teams from Spain, Austria, Finland and Croatia who won the loser’s qualification round.
In the women’s team competition, the first winner’s round provided these results:
AUT v POR 2:0
NED v SUI 0:2
NOR v SWE 2:0
GER v RUS 0:2
The team competition will be played throughout the event.
The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with men’s and women’s 10-ball matches. Tomorrow night at 21:30 local time, the women’s straight pool final will be played.
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More information about participants, schedules, achievements, rankings, etc can be found on the event website www.epconline.eu.
The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion Foundation IBPF.