Clear affair for Jentsch
Dominic Jentsch (GER) clearly defeated Imran Majid (GBR) with 9:5 and proceeds to the single elimination round of the last 32 players. Jentsch was already more than half way through before Majid seemed to try and get into the match. 5:0 was a comfortable lead for Jentsch who played with few errors only. Majid could not benefit from Jentsch’s mistakes at all. It seemed as if he had missed the first half of the match by oversleeping. From the 6th rack on Majid started playing more fluently and got closer to his normal performance. After playing an extraordinary well performed safety shot, Majid forced Jentsch to play a foul. With ball in hand, he managed to get his first point in the match.
But even though Majid grew stronger, Jentsch did not lose his focus. He played rock solid and answered the good safety shots from Majid with better resafes. It was too late for Majid to seize that match from Jentsch. He lost it already in the first five racks. After 13 racks, Jentsch was on the hill leading 8:5. He broke the rack and scratched. Majid got ball in hand but the layout of the balls was tricky. He could not get a position for the 4-ball so he played a great safety for it. But Jentsch did not seem to be too impressed since he played a great answer to that shot, leaving a tough lay for Majid. The Brit had no chance but try and leave a difficult shot for Jentsch which he did. But Jentsch pocketed almost everything today. He fired the 4-ball in and ran the rack to win the match 9:5.
Other notable results from the winner’s qualification round include Oliver Ortmann (GER) losing 3:9 to Petri Makkonen (FIN). Makkonen seemed to still have wind underneath his sails from his victory at the World Team Cup, together with Mika Immonen. Ivo Aarts (NED) remained victorious over Roman Hybler (CZE) with 9:8. Andreas Gerwen (SWE) used the same result to send Mark Gray (GBR) to the wrong side of the draw. Fabio Petroni (ITA) defeated Ralf Souquet (GER) with 9:5.
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