Alexander Kazakis (GRE) defeated Albin Ouschan (AUT) in a breathtaking match with 9:8.
The individual matches in the 9-ball competition have commenced at the Dynamic Billard European Championships 2015 in Vale do Lobo, Portugal. One feature match was the clash between the two Euro-Tour heroes Alexander Kazakis and Albin Ouschan. In the beginning, things looked bright for Kazakis. He was up 6:4 and 7:5. Suddenly, Ouschan got in better gear and even overtook Kazakis with 8:7, being on the hill. The 16th rack was spectacular. Safety shots werde exchanged and all of a sudden Kazakis found himself with a thin cut on the 2-ball. The 9-ball way lying close to the 2-ball. Kazakis fired the 2-ball in and the 9-ball went also in the corner pocket. „I did not expect that to happen“, said Kazakis with a smile after the match, „the 9-ball going in in that situation was pure luck for me“, admitted Kazakis. That point leveled the match at 8:8. Ouschan broke and the layout on the table was not good. Again, safeties were exchanged until Ouschan attempted a jump-shot on the 1 -ball. He pocketed it but got unlucky since the cue ball hid behind three other balls and forced him to go for another jump-shot. He hit the 2-ball but left an open position for Kazakis. Then, the Greek played a clever game with balls pocketed whenever needed, otherwise strategic safety positions. In the end, Ouschan left an open table to Kazakis when he tried to escape from a safety on the 4-ball. Kazakis ran the rack and ended the match 9:8 in his favor, sending Ouschan to the loser’s round.
Other remarkable results from today include Serge Das (BEL) winning 9:8 over Josip Susnjara (CRO). Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) sneaked past Ivo Aarts (NED) by a whisker with 9:8.
In the women’s division, Marika Poikkijoki (FIN) defeated local player Vania Franco (POR) 7:6 after having trailed 2:5 in that match already.
The tournament will continue tomorrow at 10:00 local time with men’s and women’s 9-ball matches..
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