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Aarts through to quarter-finals

Terrific comeback from the Dutch youngster

Portoroz,  Slovenia:  In an exciting  thriller,  Ivo Aarts  (NED)  prevailed over Mikael Oegaard (NOR) with 9:7. In the beginning of  the match it  did not  look good for Aarts. He scratched

Ivo Aarts (NED)

Ivo Aarts (NED)

twice on his own break  shot  and  missed the 9-ball once,  so Oegaard  took  his chances  and gained a 7:3  advantage  over Aarts.  Nobody  would have thought that  Aarts  would  be  able  to  come  back.  But Aarts proved everybody wrong! At  3:7, he ran his  next  rack.  Then,  he  claimed  back  rack after  rack  and  tied  the  match  at  7:7.  Suddenly,  the pressure was on  Oegaard and he could  not  handle it  properly. Aarts played the  better  safety  shots  and  whenever  he received  a  chance,  he  used  it.  That happened  two  times   in  a  row  and  was enough for Aarts  to take the match after a magnificent comeback with 9:7. „This is  a great  victory  for  me“,  stated Aarts after  the  match.  „I  had  a bad start  but when I  got  back to 5:7, I  knew that  the  match was not  over  for  me yet“. Aarts belongs to the Dutch team  who is  very  well mentored by  coaches Alex  Lely and Arjen Verheij. „My  coaches are great. They  know how to built me up and when to motivate me.“ Well, success seems to prove him right.
Other  notable  results  include  Johan  D’Hondt  (BEL)  winning  over  David Alcaide (ESP)  with  9:7  before losing to Henrikas Strolis (LIT)  with  6:9.  Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) took revenge from Marika Poikkijoki (FIN) and defeated her 7:4.
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.

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