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Rocha through to final 32 in 8-ball

Many surprises in the men’s division so far today

Portoroz, Slovenia:  In a match with several severe mistakes, Sara Rocha (POR) carried the day with 6:4 over Kateryna Polovinchuk (UKR). Statistics of  the  match  indicate  that  it

Sara Rocha (POR)

Sara Rocha (POR)

was a  close  encounter  with  slight advantages for  Rocha. Both players missed 6 shots during the match and ran-out  two racks.  But  whenever  safety  play  was asked for, Rocha seemed to come up with the better  shots  than  Polovinchuk.  Rack  four provided  the  first  dramatic  situation.  Rocha broke  the  rack,  had  balls  down  and  cleared the table but left the 8-ball on the table.  What a  gift  for  Polovinchuk.  At  that  time Polovinchuk  was  leading  2:1.  But  instead  of getting  a  small  advantage  over  Rocha, Polovinchuk  also  cleared  her  group  of  balls  and  left  the  8-ball  on  the  table. Rocha could not believe her luck and made the 8-ball to tie the match at  2:2. In the  next  rack,  Polovinchuk  played better  but  scratched while  pocketing  the  8-ball.  That  was  probably  the  beginning  of  the  end  for  the  young  Ukrainian competitor. Rocha made another rack before Polovinchuk went for her time-out. Would she get  back on track again? Rocha made it  hard for her since she ran the balls in the seventh rack in order to get  on the hill with 5:2.  Suddenly, while everyone believed that  this was the end for  Polovinchuk,  she tried hard to turn the tide and put some pressure on Rocha. That had an immediate effect on her. Polovinchuk ran out in the eighth rack and Rocha dogged the 8-ball in the ninth. That  turned  the  scoreboard  to  5:4  for  Rocha  with  the  tenth  rack  coming  up, Rocha  to  break.  After  missing the  8-ball  in the  rack  before she  probably  had enough anger inside her to get all her nerves together  and ran another rack to win with 6:4.  Since it was the loser’s  qualification round in 8-ball in the women’s division, Polovinchuk will have to settle for 33rd while Rocha will advance to the single elimination stage.
Other  notable  results   include  Martin  Martinovic  (SRB)  surprisingly eliminating Andreas  Roschkowsky  (GER) from  the 8-ball   competition with 8:5. Also a surprise was Jakub Koniar (SVK) ousting Nick Malai (ALB) with 8:5. In the loser’s  qualification round of the women’s division, Ina Kaplan (GER) prevailed in an all-German clash with 6:3 over Christine Wiechert (GER). In  the  wheelchair  division,  Fred  Dinsmore  (IRL)  left  no  chance  to  Emil Schranz  (AUT) and handed him a 5:2 defeat. In a rematch of Saturday’s  10-ball final, Roy  Kimberley  (GBR) took revenge on Kurt Deklerck (BEL) and snatched the victory with 5:4 off the Belgian.
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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