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Hard-earned victory for defending Champion

Ekonomopoulos through to next winner’s round

St.  Johann,  Austria:   In  a  pretty  one-sided  match,  last  year’s  Austrian Open  Champion  Nikos   Ekonomopoulos  (GRE)  beat  Austrian  senior  player Johann Wallner with  9:3.
The  match  definitely  did  not  have  the  expected quality.  Probably  Wallner  was  too  nervous  and Ekonomopoulos  was  not  focussed  enough.  However, both  opponents  missed  several  shots  and  played second-class safety shots. That  kept the match open for quite some time. After eight racks, Ekonomopoulos was  expectedly  leading  6:2.

Nikos Ekonomopoulos

Nikos Ekonomopoulos

Everything  happened  as expected with Ekonomopoulos  not finding his break shot so  far.  Then,  suddenly  many  mistakes  occurred  during the  match.  In  the  7th  and  11th  rack  alone,
Ekonomopoulos missed  five shots  –  an amount  that  he normally  does  not  miss  in  an  entire  tournament. Probably  he  was  really  out  of  focus  by  then.  Sadly enough  though,  Wallner  could  not  capitalize  from  it. Instead  of  punishing  the  defending  Champion’s   poor  performance,  Wallner always  came  up  with  one  more  mistake.  Either  he  ran  out  of  position  or  he failed to pocket  the next shot. He always allowed Ekonomopoulos back into the table.  Unlike  Wallner,  the  Greek  shooter  took  his  chances  and  finished  the match with 9:3 after 75 minutes. In the next winner’s round, Ekonomopoulos will face  a  player  from   the  middle  east  –  either  Al-Hosani  (UAE)  or  Bouhaimed (KUW).  He definitely  needs  to improve his performance in order to stay  on the winner’s side.
Other  notable  results  include  Dominic  Jentsch  (GER)  saving  his  first victory  with  9:8  over  Sami  Ahola  (FIN).  Dutch  junior  player  Marco  Teutscher delivered  an  upset  by  sending  Nr.  3  ranked  player  Dimitri  Jungo (SUI)  to  the loser’s side with 9:8.
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.eurotouronline.eu or contact our press office.

 

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