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The dismantling of a legend

Exciting upsets during the 9-ball competition

Portoroz, Slovenia:  In an amazing match, Bahram  Lotfy  (DEN) eliminated former World Champion Oliver Ortmann (GER) with 9:5. The match probably could not have gone any

Bahram Lotfy (DEN)

Bahram Lotfy (DEN)

better for Lotfy  or any  worse for  Ortmann.  Statistics  of  the  match  say  that  both players  played  on  an  equal level.  They  both  missed  the  same  amount  of  shots  and with regards to safety play,  Ortmann even had the better  shots.  But the result  tells another story.  Lotfy  had some really  good rolls in this match.  That  together with Ortmann  having  tough  luck  allowed him to get an advantage over Ortmann which the German was  never able to equalize again. At 3:2 to Lotfy, he missed an easy shot on the 2-ball  and  the layout  looked  like  easy  prey  for Ortmann.  But  Ortmann  dogged  the 8-ball  so Lotfy  got  the point  instead of him. The match was  probably  completely  decided in racks seven to nine.  In the 7th rack at  a score of  4:2 for Lotfy,  Ortmann ran out  of  position  for  the  8-ball.  Lotfy  accepted  the  present;  5:2.  The  next  rack, Ortmann leaves the table with a great safety position on the 5-ball for Lotfy. The Danish player aimed and hit the 5-ball. But that was not all. The 5-ball was  even pocketed  and  he  got  position  for  the  next  ball;  6:2.  In  the  9th  rack,  history repeated  itself  since  Lotfy  fluked  the  5-ball  in  again  after  a  good  safety  shot from Ortmann. The score was  now 7:2 in favor of Lotfy  who knew that he was a bit lucky. He could not be stopped by  Ortmann   -who made several mistakes in the  final  stage of  the  match  –  any  more  and  won  the  match  with  9:5.  „In  this tournament I defeated both, Ralf Souquet and Oliver Ortmann for the first time“, stated proud Lotfy  after the match. „I know that luck was  on my side but 9-ball is a  game  where  luck  is  a  considerable  factor.“  „For  me  the  pressure  was  very very high. Oliver is  one of the players that I have always looked up to so I really wanted to win this time.“ „We both made some bad mistakes and in the end,  I am   very  glad  that  I  was  able  to  win  against  Oliver.“  „I  had  a  good  run  this morning; maybe that helped“, said likable Lotfy before he left the arena.
Other  notable  results  from  the  9-ball  individuals  include  another  legend, BCA Hall of Famer Ralf Souquet (GER) being kicked out  by  unheralded Marko Lisnic (CRO). „He just played better than me. He was very strong and deserved the  win“,  stated  fair  sportsman  Souquet  afterwards.  Straight  Pool  Champion Nick van den Berg (NED) received a 9:1 lesson from Ruslan Chinakhov  (RUS). Defending  Champion  Francisco  Diaz  (ESP)  lost  out  to  Mateusz  Sniegocki (POL) with 8:9.
In  the  women’s division,  Line Kjoersvik  had the  better  end  in  her  match with Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL). She left the table as a 7:4 winner. Louise Furberg (SWE)  booked her ticket  for the round of the final 16 players with a 7:5 victory over  Katarzyna  Wesolowska  (POL).  Nataliya  Seroshtan (RUS)  ended  Kynthia Orfanidis‘ hopes for a medal in 9-ball with 7:5.
In  the  wheelchair  division,  Matej  Brajkovic  (SLO)  seems   to  play  the tournament  of  his   life  so  far.  After  good  performance  in  10-ball  and  8-ball already,  he now defeated Jouni Tahti (FIN) with 7:4 to make it to the semi-final. Since this was  the winner’s qualification round, Tahti will get one more  chance to  make  it  to  the  semi-final.  Tony  Southern  (GBR)  won  over  Fred  Dinsmore (IRL) with 7:4. Today,  two more rounds of  9-ball individuals will be played. At  17:00 CET, the team competition will begin. The final rounds of the 9-ball individuals  will be completed tomorrow.
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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