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Strong Ekonomopoulos wrestled down Bijsterbosch

Former World Champion Ortmann also out

Portoroz, Slovenia: In the early stage, the match was  determined by strategic safety play. Both players  showed  respect  for  each  other. Bijsterbosch ran  the first  rack  and got  a

Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)

Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)

14:2 lead over Ekonomopoulos.  However, after he did not have a proper break shot, he entered into  safety  exchange  with  the  Greek. Ekonomopoulos   left  a  tough  shot  for Bijsterbosch. The young Dutch went for it and missed.  Then  Ekonomopoulos   had  an  open table  and  only  made  two  balls  before  he allowed Bijsterbosch back to the table. But Bijsterbosch had no lucky  rolls after his break  shot  so he could  only  turn  the score to  25:4  before Ekonomopoulos was back  at  the table.  Both  players are  capable  of  running  high innings.  The question was who will get started first. The penny seemed to have dropped with Ekonomopoulos first. He made a good inning  and just  left the  table because he  was  unlucky  after  a break shot. 60:25 was  the score when Bijsterbosch found himself  at  the table with the cue ball frozen to the full rack and some balls free on the opposite side. After a few safeties,  Ekonomopoulos came  out  on top of Bijsterbosch and continued to fill his account with points. He increased his  advantage to 91:27 when he missed a thin  cut  in  the  corner  pocket.  Would  Bijsterbosch  be  able  to  even  the  score again? He  came  back  to  49:91  when  another  safety  battle  happened. Ekonomopoulos played a  horrible  mistake when  he tried  to  play  a safety  and pocketed  the  cue  ball.  That  meant  ball  in  hand  for  Bijsterbosch  and  an  open table.  But  Bijsterbosch  returned  the  „favor“  to  Ekonomopoulos  by  missing  a relatively  easy shot at 90:78 for the Greek. That was  the final turning point in the match.  Ekonomopoulos  did  not  need  more  chances  and  finished  the  match 125:78. In another exciting match, Ivica Putnik (CRO) delivered a huge surprise to the event  by  ousting Oliver  Ortmann (GER)  with  125:37.  The EC  will continue  with the straight pool competition Thursday  morning at 09:00 CET. The finals of the straight pool competition will be played Thursday night at 20:00 CET.
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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