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Stepanov ousts Svilar from 10-ball competition

Souquet loses to Ekonomopoulos

Portoroz,  Slovenia:  Konstantin  Stepanov  (RUS)  defeated  Zoran  Svilar (SRB) with 8:5 in 10-ball and secured his sport among the last 16 players in the field. Stepanov  was  simply

Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)

Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)

the  better  player in  that  match.  His  break  was  more  efficient than Svilar’s.  He  always  had  a ball  down on his break and most of the time he was  able to make  use  of  his  layouts.  However,  in  the early  stage  of  the  match  he  had  to  fight  his nerves in order to stay  in the match.  He was not  able  to  turn  Svilar’s  mistakes  into  good points  for  him.  In  the  5th  rack,  they  both played some  good  safety  shots in  the beginning.  Then,  Stepanov  pocketed  a fantastic jump shot and found himself with all balls left open on the table for him.
But  instead of  clearing the table he missed the 10-ball.  „I  tried to attack  in  the beginning  but  then I  understood  that  it’s  not  my  game now“,  said Stepanov.  „I needed to play more defensive“. And even though he did, he could not really  get an  advantage  over  Svilar.  After  ten  racks,  the  score was  5:5  with  Stepanov’s break  coming  up.  It  looked  like  someone  had  turned  a  switch  because  he cleared  the  table  fast  and  seemed  to  have  found  new  strength  for  his performance.  „In the final stage of the  match,  I  played good kick  shots.  That’s possibly  the reason why  I  won“, stated Stepanov. That  was definitely  the case. He  played  very  good  kick  shots   but  also  showed  permanence  in  his  shot-making. No wonder, he could get on the hill and create huge pressure for Svilar. At  7:5  for Stepanov,  the  match was again opened with a  strategic  safety  shot exchange.  Stepanov  played the better shots,  but even committed a foul. Svilar had ball in hand and played a safety  which looked good.  But  Stepanov  had an even  better  answer  for  it,  played  a  marvelous   resafe  for  Svilar  who  then committed a  foul,  too.  That  was  good enough for  Stepanov  to  end  the  match with 8:5. He will now face Niels Feijen in the round of the last 16 players. Svilar has to settle for 17th. Another notable story  is the performance of  Ralf Souquet  (GER).  He had to  deal  with  his  teammate,  the  defending  Champion  Dominic  Jentsch  (GER), and many spectator’s saw a high class match with a lot of tension and action. In the end, Souquet was the winner  with 8:7. In the next  round,  he could not  take his game up and lost 3:8 to Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE).
In the women’s division, Kynthia Orfanidis  (NED)  defeated Jasmin Michel (GER) with 6:2 to go to the round of  the final 16 players.  Defending Champion Jasmin  Ouschan (AUT)  showed  no  mercy  with  her  opponent  Severine  Titaux (FRA) and threw her out with a whitewash 6:0. In  the  wheelchair  division,  Henrik  Larsson  (SWE) overpowered  Fred  Dinsmore (IRL) by a whisker with 5:4.
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  ,  follow  us  on  twitter  @EPBF_News   or contact our press office.

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