Day one of the Dynamic Billard Leende Open 2019 already provided some high-class matches, drama and upsets.
One high-class matches with a close result took place between Konrad Juszczyszyn (POL) and Nick Malai (GRE). Both players ran racks and committed almost no mistakes. In the end, Malai was the happy winner with 9:7. Another amazing encounter happened between Michal Turkowski (POL) and Thorsten Hohmann (GER). Hohmann played his first Euro-Tour in years and travelled from the US, where he currently resides, to The Netherlands to participate. Turkowski gave him a hard time and the match went to 8:8. There, Hohmann was the more experienced player and played better safety shots in order to win the match by a hair’s breadth with 9:8. Still thrilling but not so close was the match between Alexander Kazakis (GRE) and Imran Majid (GBR). Both players belong to Europe’s elite and started out quite impressive. It was Kazakis who had some bad rolls, scratches and unforced errors on his side. That gave wind underneath Majid’s wings and the Brit capitalised from it, using his chances and punishing Kazakis’ errors in winning the match with 9:6.
An upset was brought to the event when local player Joey Haegmans (NED) pipped Chris Melling (GBR) to the post with 9:8. Melling, who also played his first Euro-Tour event after a long break, wrote on his facebook page: „Just lost 9-8 first round in eurotour to a young Dutch lad he played well but certainly had some form. I Broke and ran 7/8 games i won and snookered him in the decider for him to whack it fluke and land perfect lol.“ Well, there is another chance for Melling to make it to the single elimination stage through the loser’s side.
Today, two matches on Facebook Live were commented and Thomas Overbeck was joined by Damianos Giallourakis (GRE) and Joshua Filler (GER) in the commentator’s box. The matches were shown and questions were answered live. This interactive feature was very well received by a huge fanbase who came up with a lot of questions to their stars. This will be continued in the future in order to improve our service and entertainment for the viewers.
Friday through Sunday, EPBF will show up to two feature matches LIVE on the EPBF Facebook page. The entire tournament from the first round to the final match is shown on 11 tables LIVE on kozoom.com for premium pass holders.
The Dynamic Billard Leende open 2019 will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 local time with matches from loser’s round 1.
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