Greece over Poland in the final match
Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) has won the final of the Dynamic Austria Open and defeated Wojciech Szewczyk (POL) with 9:4.
The tournament was different to other Euro-Tours. That could especially be witnessed in the latter stages of the event. IN the quarter-finals, eight different nations were represented. In the semi-finals, three out of four players have never gotten so far. The two finalists, Ekonomopoulos and Szewczyk belonged to them. The match started out quite evenly. After 7 racks, Ekonomopoulos was leading 4:3. Up until then, none of the two players was able to get an advantage over the other one of more than one rack. But suddenly, Ekonomopoulos seemed to get in better shape. He benefitted from some mistakes from Szewczyk and took a three point lead.
The scoreboard showed 6:3 for Ekonomopoulos. The 10th rack was determined by safety play. Szewczyk came out on top of the Greek and put another point in his account. But it was still 6:4 in favour of Ekonomopoulos. The next two racks were taken by Ekonomopoulos who went on the hill and took an 8:4 lead over Szewczyk. The pressure was on. In the 13th rack, Ekonomopoulos executed the break shot and came up dry. However, he was a bit lucky since Szewczyk could not see the 1-ball. Wojciech Szewczyk tried a safety shot but left a tough but makeable 1-ball for Ekonomopoulos. That was all that the Greek player needed. He finished the rack and took the Euro-Tour tournament victory for the first time in his life.
Final standings Top 16 Dynamic Austria Open:
|Nikos Ekonomopoulos||GRE||3.400,- €|
|Wojciech Szewczyk||POL||2.200,- €|
|Marcus Chamat||SWE||1.400,- €|
|Nicolas Ottermann||GER||1.400,- €|
|Niels Feijen||NED||1.000,- €|
|Roman Hybler||CZE||1.000,- €|
|Bruno Muratore||ITA||1.000,- €|
|Artem Koshovyi||UKR||1.000,- €|
|Ralf Souquet||GER||900,- €|
|Darren Appleton||GBR||900,- €|
|Nick van den Berg||NED||900,- €|
|Oliver Ortmann||GER||900,- €|
|Karlo Dalmatin||CRO||900,- €|
|Kristoffer Mindreboe||NOR||900,- €|
|Cliff Castelein||BEL||900,- €|
|Phil Burford||GBR||900,- €|
Top Ten Euro-Tour rankings:
|1.||Dimitri Jungo||SUI||2235 pts|
|2.||Nick van den Berg
|4.||Chris Melling||GBR||2160 pts|
|5.||Marcus Chamat||SWE||2135 pts|
|6.||Albin Ouschan||AUT||2115 pts|
|7.||Mark Gray||GBR||2105 pts|
|8.||Ralf Souquet||GER||2010 pts|
That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Austria Open 2012.
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