No big upsets in Tirana so far
Day One of the Dynamic Billard European Championships ended without bigger upsets or unexpected results in the straight pool discipline.
In the Under 19 division, Maksim Dudanets (RUS) lived up to the expectations and won his match in the round of the last 16 players uncontested against Federico Amendola (ITA) with 100:31. Dudanets will play the quarterfinal tomorrow morning at 09:00 local time.
Another hot tip for the title is Daniel Maciol (POL). He defeated Timofey Sereda (BLR) 100:85 in the round of the last 32 players and then won against Yannis Bartscher (SUI) 100:58 to book his seat in the quarterfinal. Probably the toughest match in that round happened between Kamil Szaszor (POL) and Osman Sanlisoy (TNC). After a really mean struggle, Sanlisoy managed to win the match a bit surprisingly with 100:94.
In the Under 17 division, Fedor Gorst (RUS) had some more problems in the previous round. First, he smashed Stein Tore Nybakk (NOR) 75:5. Then, he got some more work to do with Leon Kohl (GER). During the first part of the match, Kohl was having a nice lead over Gorst. He was up 39:18 and 53:44. Gorst however needed two innings to change that in his favor. He first leveled the match at 51:52, then he shifted into overdrive and won the match in the next inning with 75:52.
Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) turned out to become a nightmare for team Denmark today. He eliminated Andreas-Steen Bonnelykke (DEN) 75:13, then got the better of Mickey Krause (DEN) 75:51. Wiktor Zielinski (POL), last year’s runner-up, made short work of Jonas Souto (ESP) 75:13 and then Szymon Blazej (POL) 75:38 to keep his chance for a title in straight pool this year alive.
The Dynamic Billard European Championships Youth will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with quarterfinal matches in the straight pool. The finals will be played at 13:00 local time. After that, the tournament continues with matches in the 10-ball discipline.
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