Alcaide ousts See

Straight Pool competition down to quarter-finals in Men and Women’s Division

Portoroz,  Slovenia:    In  a  match  with  several  unexpected  errors,  David Alcaide (ESP) defeated Huidji See (NED) with 125:100. It  was  a  clash  of  two  very  experienced players

David Alcaide (ESP)
David Alcaide (ESP)

with  several  titles  under  their  belt. See,  the  2011  World  10-Ball  Champion against  Alcaide,  the  2010  European  Straight Pool Champion. No wonder they  both started very  cautious  since  none  of  the  two  wanted the opponent  to get  started.  They  both knew that  one  single mistake  could mean the  end of the match.
After some safety shots, Alcaide got into gear  and  started  collecting  points  for  his  account.  After  31  balls,  he  failed  to pocket  the next one and allowed See to the table.  The Dutch World Champion accepted  the  invitation  and  ran  34  balls   to  stake  his   claim.  But  then  it  was Alcaide’s  turn at the table again. He cleared all remaining balls and got to 36:34
when he had to  play  a break  shot.  He pocketed  the respective  object  ball  but got  an unlucky  roll so he could not  really  do much with the layout.  He chose to try  a risky  shot  and missed!  See got back to the table with all balls spread wide open.  See  turned  the score board  to  78:36 before he also got  an  unlucky  roll after  a  break  shot.  However,  Alcaide  could  not  capitalize  from  See’s  mistake. After  one  ball only,  he gave the  table back to See.  That  was  a  critical point  in time of  that match. But See also seemed to get struck by  nervousness.  He ran out  of position and had to get  his  jump cue out in order to continue shooting. At 89:37,  he  missed  that  shot  and  gave  Alcaide  another  chance.  Alcaide  made good use of  that  opportunity  and ran 72 balls,  taking  the score to  109:89.  But then he ran out  of  position  and  had to give the  table back to See. The  Dutch scored 11 points  and left the table again.  That  was enough chance for Alcaide. At  109:100,  he  only  needed  16  more points for  his quarter-final  ticket.  He did not  let  that  chance slip away  and won the match with 125:100 over  Huidji See, who could not really get his game going.
Other  notable  results  include  Andreas  Roschkowsky  (GER)  defeating Mateusz  Sniegocki (POL)  with  125:19.  Sometimes,  history  repeats  itself.  One round  earlier,  Sniegocki  defeated  Jim  Chawki  (SWE)  with  125:0,  running  124 balls  and out on him. This  round, Roschkowsky  lead 97:0 over Sniegocki before the Polish was allowed to take his  second inning. Maybe the pressure was too high for Sniegocki. He only  pocketed 19 balls before he gave the inning back to Roschkowsky  who finished the match in his second appearance at  the table. In the next round,  Roschkowsky  met his  fate. He fell to the sharp blade of Tomasz Kaplan (POL) with 64:125.
In the women’s  division, defending Champion Line Kjoersvik (NOR) is right on track.  She  defeated Silvia Lopez  (ESP)  75:27 and Kynthia Orfanidis (NED)75:22 in order to make it  to the quarter-final round where she will meet Tamara Peeters-Rademakers  (NED).  Further  favorite  players  in  the  women’s  division who  are  still  alive  are  Jasmin  Ouschan  (AUT),  Kamila  Khodjaeva  (BEL)  and Katarzyna  Wesolowska  (POL).  Ouschan  will  face  Khodjaeva  in  the  quarter-finals while Kjoersvik will have to deal with Peeters-Rademakers.
The quarter-finals begin at 15:00 CET.
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  ,  follow  us  on  twitter  @EPBF_News   or contact our press office.

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