Many surprises in Portoroz at the Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships
Portoroz, Slovenia: In an intense battle, “The Maharaja” Imran Majid (GBR) defeated 10-ball World Champion Huidji See (NED) by a hair’s breadth 8:7.
It looked like it would be Majid’s match from the very beginning. He was leading 6:3 after nine racks and See seemed to be fighting with himself and his performance. But See never gave up. He started a great comeback, tied the match at 6:6 and even went on the hill with 7:6. The smell of defeat came to Majid and he would not want to lose this match. Instead, he fought his way back and tied the match at 7:7. After almost two hours of hard fighting, Majid had the better end in his favor and finished the match with a lucky 8:7 for him.
Other notable results include “Danish Dynamite” Kasper Kristoffersen (DEN) hammering Daryl Peach (GBR) 8:4. Milos Verkic (SRB) conquered Albin Ouschan (AUT) with 8:6. Niels Feijen (NED) won his match with Dominic Jentsch (GER) with the same result. BCA Hall of Famer Ralf Souquet (GER) entered the round of the final 16 players with a clear 8:3 victory over Konstantin Stepanov (RUS).
In the women’s division, Melissa Rademakers (NED) surprisingly defeated newly crowned European 10-ball Champion Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) with 6:3.
Single Elimination Last 16 Players Women
Nataliya Seroshtan RUS v Anastasia Nechaeva RUS
Kamila Khodjaeva BEL v Line Kjoersvik NOR
Veronika Hubrtova CZE v Silvia Lopez ESP
Anna Mazhirina RUS v Tamara Peeters NED
Jasmin Ouschan AUT v Ine Helvik NOR
Melissa Rademakers NED v Kynthia Orfanidis NED
Zwinka Antonijevic CRO v Martine Christiansen NOR
Ana Gradisnik SLO v Marika Poikkijoki FIN
Single Elimination Last 16 Players Men
Kasper Kristoffersen DEN v Sebastian Staab GER
Milos Verkic SRB v David Alcaide ESP
Zoran Svilar SRB v Rui Franco POR
Ivica Putnik CRO v Mateusz Sniegocki POL
Andreas Gerwen SWE v Jim Chawki SWE
Josip Susnjara CRO v Ruslan Chinakhov RUS
Niels Feijen NED v Ralf Souquet GER
Imran Majid GBR v Francesco Diaz ESP
Matches will start at 21:00 CET.
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website www.epconline.eu or contact our press office.