„Maharaja“ Imran Majid lives up to his expectations
Imran Majid (GBR) has played a solid tournament so far here in Acapulco Hotel & Resort, Kyrenia, North Cyprus at the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open.
The „Maharaja“ has defeated Maximilian Lechner (AUT) 9:5 in his first match today. Then Majid, who is currently ranked nr. 15 on the Euro-Tour rankings, proceeded to the next round and took down Piotr Kudlik (POL) very clearly with 9:2. Kudlik had just won over Filler (GER) in his first match and seemed to be on fire. But obviously, he was not „hot enough“ for Majid who made short work of the Polish. Tomorrow at 12:00 local time, Majid will play against Andreas Madsen (DEN) for a seat in the single elimination stage of the last 32 players of the event.
Also straight on track is the current leader of the Euro-Tour rankings, Mark Gray (GBR). Being seeded nr. 1 in the tournament, his task was not so hard today. Two clear victories over Saki Kanatlar (TUR) and Markus Altenrath (GER) brought him to the same level as Majid, aiming at his next opponent Karol Skowerski (POL) in the winner’s qualification round.
Another very interesting encounter in that round tomorrow will be the match between former World Champion Daryl Peach (GBR) and Kevin Becker (GER). Peach defeated Ahmed Al-Hosani (UAE) 9:3 and Onur Yildirim (TUR) 9:6 and he had to struggle a little bit with his cue stick since the weight was making some noise in the butt of the cue which was distracting Peach at times. However, it was not distracting him enough to not win the first two matches. Becker however defeated his fellow countryman Michael Cromen (GER) 9:5 and then current 9-ball European Champion Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) by a whisker with 9:8. Becker seems to be in a good stroke here and he might be the first real challenge for Peach in this event.
Being currently ranked nr. 7 on the Euro-Tour rankings, Nick van den Berg (NED) seems to be in a good condition as well. With a lesson taught to Gerrie Kuik (NED) 9:2 and a tough fight against Evgenji Buslaev (RUS) which he won with 9:7, van den Berg made his way through the winner’s side of the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open. He will face young Wiktor Zielinski (POL) who conquered Osman Sanlisoy (TNC) 9:3 and Maksim Dudanets (RUS) 9:5.
The Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 local time with matches from loser’s round 3.
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