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Defeat for Spyrou despite good shotmaking

Bad day for German Men Team

Portoroz,  Slovenia:  Martine  Christiansen  (NOR)  accomplished  her mission over Katerina Spyrou (CYP) with 7:3. Spyrou had a great start  but  she could not keep that  level

Katerina Spyrou (CYP)

Katerina Spyrou (CYP)

throughout the whole match.  In fact,  her  safety  play  and  break  shots  need  to be improved.  „I normally  play  black  ball and  snooker.  Pool is relatively  new to me“, stated Spyrou after the match.  In  fact,  she  is  playing  her  first European  Pool  Championships  here  this year.  She  started  two  years  ago.  The  Nr.  1 from Cyprus proved that her shotmaking skills were very good. She seemed to struggle with the  safety  play  though.  And  her  biggest disadvantage  to  Christiansen  was  the  break shot.  The  Norwegian  player  seemed  to  be impressed by  Spyrou’s  shotmaking  in  the beginning since  she  missed  several shots  including scratching while pocketing the 9-ball in the 5th rack.  So Spyrou could  get  a  3:2  lead  over  Christiansen.  But  then,  things  went  Christiansen’s way. Spyrou still played strong shots but her strategic safety  play could not keep up  with  the  one  from her  opponent.  7:3  was  the  result  in  the  end  in favor  of Christiansen. „I think I could improve my  game. If I had known the rules better, I would have  taken  some different  decisions every  now and then“,  said Spyrou. „However, she played very well. She took advantage of my errors  which is what you are supposed to do. And then she finished me off. So I  have no problem in accepting that defeat. I know I will do better next time“.
Other notable results from  the 9-ball individuals  include Huidji See (NED) winning  with  9:5  over  Nicolas  Ottermann  (GER).  In  an  all-German  clash between  two  former  World  Champions,  Ralf  Souquet  clearly  defeated  Oliver Ortmann  9:4.  Dominic  Jentsch  (GER)  joined  his  teammates  Ottermann  and Ortmann by losing 6:9 to Jim Chawki (SWE).
In  the  women’s  division,  Girls  World  9-Ball  Champion  2011  Oliwia Czuprynska  (POL)  defeated  Girls   World  9-Ball  Champion  2012  Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) with 7:5. It was the third time they met during these European Championships and all three times, Czuprynska left the table a winner.
In  the  wheelchair  division,  Jouni  Tahti  (FIN)  hammered  Henrik  Larsson (SWE)  7:0!  That  was  probably  the  most  surprising  result  in  the  whole wheelchair competition this week.
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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