Kaplan too strong for Alcaide

„Business as usual“ in the women’s division

Portoroz,  Slovenia:  Tomasz  Kaplan  (POL)  just  creamed  the  2010 European Straight Pool Champion David Alcaide (ESP) with 125:58. The  match was  always in  Kaplan’s hands.

Tomasz Kaplan (POL) during his "air shot"
Tomasz Kaplan (POL) during his „air shot“

From  the  very  beginning,  the Polish demonstrated his strong will to make it to  the  final  of  this  year’s  straight  pool competition.  He  took  a  quick  50:0  lead  over Alcaide who seemed  to  not  get  going  in  this match.  Several  mistakes  determined  both player’s  performances.  At  123:56,  when everything  seemed  to  be  smooth  sailing  for Kaplan, he chose to play an „air shot“ without having  any  contact  from  his  hands   to  the slate.  He  did  have  other  options   but  he somehow  felt  comfortable  with  this  shot.  He missed  it  and  opened the door  for Alcaide  to start  a comeback.  But  it  was not Alcaide’s  match. The Spaniard missed his third shot after he’s  been to the table, an easy  ball  in  the  side  pocket.  Kaplan  accepted  the  gift  and  won  the  match with 125:58. In  the other men’s semi-final,  Nick van den Berg (NED) outscored  Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)  with 125:47. The match was a much tougher fight  than the  other  semi-final.  Van  den  Berg  and  Ekonomopoulos   both  preferred  the tactical play  which  lead the tournament  direction to assign a  shot-clock  to that match. At that time, the score had already  been 81:17 in favor of van den Berg. He  got  a  deduction  of  15  points   and  a  new  opening  break  because  he committed three consecutive fouls  for tactical reasons.  Ekonomopoulos  tried to benefit from that but only  got  to 47 points before he had to allow van den Berg to the table again.  The Dutch „El Nino“  did not need more than that.  He made 39 balls and entered the final of the straight  pool competition to play  it out  with Kaplan.
In the women’s division,  the semi-final matches  were much clearer affairs. Top star and favored player Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) only  needed 50 minutes to eliminate  Tamara  Peeters-Rademakers  (NED)  with  75:13.  Almost  as  quick, Katarzyna  Wesolowska  (POL)  defeated  her  teammate  Oliwia  Czuprynska (POL) with 75:16. Wesolowska will meet Ouschan for the title.


The final matches will be begin at 20:45 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  www.epconline.eu  ,  follow  us  on  twitter  @EPBF_News  or
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