Radoslaw Babica from Poland ousted „The Tornado“ Tony Drago (MLT) from the Dynamic Billard Treviso Open Euro-Tour event with a narrow 9:8 victory.
One great and thrilling match happened today in the loser’s qualification round when Radoslaw Babica (POL) faced Tony Drago (MLT). The match went along very leveled and after 10 racks, the scoreboard displayed a tie at 5:5. Then, Babica went on the hill first and got an 8:6 advantage over Drago. But the „Tornado“ struck back, winning two straight racks in order to make the match 8:8. Then, Drago was at the table with all balls in the open for him. However, he missed an easy 5-ball and allowed Babica back into the table. The Polish could not run-out but he turned the final rack into a safety exchange. Drago tried a risky bank shot when he had the option of either playing a safety or going for a bank. He missed it and allowed Babica to run the rack and win the match with 9:8.
Another interesting match was the clash between Michal Turkowski (POL) and Marcus Chamat (SWE). After five racks, Turkowski was leading 4:1 over Chamat. But the Swede did not even think about giving up. He fought back and got into the match, turning the scoreboard to 8:7 after 15 racks. Then Turkowski played up to his best and made the match another hill-hill thriller. In the final and decisive 17th rack, a safety battle occurred. Both players tried not to leave a shot for the opponent. Then Chamat left a shot for Turkowski which the Polish had to jump. He flunked the ball in over three rails but it could not be considered to be a lucky shot since he hooked himself again on the next ball. While he attempted to hit that object ball, Turkowski committed a foul shot and gave ball in hand to Chamat who capitalized from it and ran the rack to win the match by a hair’s breadth with 9:8. In the next round, the loser’s qualification round, Chamat fell to Ivica Putnik (CRO) with 5:9.
The results of the last 32 players single elimination are as follows:
Niels Feijen v Konrad Juszczyszyn 9:7
Oliver Ortmann v Manuel Gama 9:2
Serge Das v Francisco Diaz-Pizarro 3:9
John Tanttu v Marc Bijsterbosch 9:8
Mario Stahl v Alexander Kazakis 3:9
Radosław Babica v Mateusz Sniegocki 9:8
Tomasz Kaplan v Eklent Kaci 9:8
Konstantin Stepanov v Albin Ouschan 7:9
Nick van den Berg v Mariusz Skoneczny 9:8
Ivica Putnik v Imran Majid 9:8
Mats Schjetne v Kasper Kristoffersen 9:4
Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz v Petri Makkonen 9:6
Mieszko Fortunski v Can Salim-Giasar 5:9
Piotr Kudlik v Ralf Souquet 3:9
Denis Grabe v Damianos Giallourakis 9:5
Roman Hybler v Mark Gray 4:9
That provides us with the following line-up for the round of the last 16 players:
Niels Feijen v Oliver Ortmann
Francisco Diaz-Pizarro v John Tanttu
Alexander Kazakis v Radoslaw Babica
Tomasz Kaplan v Albin Ouschan
Nick van den Berg v Ivica Putnik
Mats Schjetne v Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz
Can Salim-Giasar v Ralf Souquet
Denis Grabe v Mark Gray
Action continues tomorrow morning at 10:00 local time with matches of the round of the last 16 players. At 09:00, the women’s tournament will start with matches of the first round.
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