Dramatic scenes in the semis
The final matches of the 10-ball competition are all set. After fierce fighting, the following pairings were determined:
Juniors: Jose Alberto Delgado Hernandez (ESP) v Tobias Bongers (GER)
Pupils: Andreas Madsen (DEN) v Joshua Filler (GER)
Girls: Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) v Ana Gradisnik (SLO)
Probably the most breath-taking semi-final was the match between Tobias Bongers and Moritz Lauwereyns (BEL). The start went better for Bongers. He went ahead 3:0 and Lauwereyns did not show too many signs of resistance then. But that changed. Lauwereyns grew stronger and won the next three racks, tying the match at 3:3. Then Bongers went ahead 4:3. Lauwereyns countered and went ahead 5:4, being on the hill. And as no stage director could have written any better, of course everything lead to a 6:6 hill-hill situation between the two. In the 13th and final rack, the tension was even increased. Both players played very careful and Lauwereyns had Bongers on three fouls and played a good safety shot. But Bongers hit the ball with a jump-shot and left a shot for Lauwereyns. The Belgian ran ball after ball but played the cue ball a bit too fast when positioning for the 10-ball. What a thriller! He aimed at the tough but makeable final 10-ball… and missed it! Bongers went to the table and took the match away from a completely frustrated Lauwereyns with 7:6.
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