Souquet and Ouschan win the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open

Souquet and Ouschan win the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open

Ralf Souquet (GER) and Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) have won the titles at the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open Euro-Tour.

Ralf Souquet (GER) and Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) - Foto: EPBF/DM
Ralf Souquet (GER) and Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) – Foto: EPBF/DM

In the men’s division, Ralf Souquet played at his best. He took down great names like Ivo Aarts (NED) 9:0, Imran Majid (GBR) 9:3, Mieszko Fortunski (POL) 9:3 and in the final match Karl Boyes (GBR) with 9:4. The final match was dominated by Souquet from start to finish. A bit scrappy in the beginning, Souquet turned out to have the far better break shot than Boyes. He pocketed almost every time a vll on his break and ran out 4 racks without even allowing Boyes into the table. The Brit however had to struggle with his break shot. Most of the time, he came up dry with no ball down or not enough balls crossing the kitchen line. This situation was taken advantage of by Souquet without any mercy. The BCA Hall of Famer played up to his standard and rightfully took the final match with 9:4. „I did not have the best two weeks before at the European Championships“, stated Souquet after the match. „I won a bronze Medal in 9-Ball and one in the team competition. Normally, I am aiming for more“, he added. „I am happy that I found my game in the Euro-Tour and that I was able to perform on that level“, mentioned the likable German.

The first 8 players in the men’s division were:
1. Ralf Souquet (GER)
2. Karl Boys (GBR)
3. Chris Melling (GBR)
3. Mieszko Fortunski (POL)
5. Phil Burford (GBR)
5. Imran Majid (GBR)
5. Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP)
5. Serge Das (BEL)

The Top Ten men in the Euro-Tour rankings are:
1. Nick van den Berg (NED)
2 .Niels Feijen (NED)
3. Phil Burford (GBR)
4. Karol Skowerski (POL)
5. Tomasz Kaplan (POL)
6. Mateusz Sniegocki (POL)
7. Albin Ouschan (AUT)
8. Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)
9. Mark Gray (GBR)
10. Chris Melling (GBR)

These new rankings after the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open determine the European participants for the Men’s World 9-Ball Championships in Qatar later this year. Nominated through the WPA rankings will be: Thorsten Hohmann (GER), Karl Boyes (GBR), Mika Immonen (FIN), Nick Ekonomopoulos (GRE), Darren Appleton (GBR), Chris Melling (GBR), Niels Feijen (GER), Ralf Souquet (GER) and Huidji See. Nominated through the European Championships will be: Jürgen Jenisy (AUT), Albin Ouschan (AUT), Mateusz Sniegocki (POL), Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) and Michel Barthol (CRO). Nominated through the Euro-Tour rankings will be: Nick van den Berg (NED), Phil Burford (GBR), Karol Skowerski (POL), Tomasz Kaplan (POL), Mark Gray (GBR), Daryl Peach (GBR), Radoslaw Babica (POL), Stephan Cohen (FRA), Mieszko Fortunski (POL), Alex Kazakis (GRE), Imran Majid (GBR), Andreas Gerwen (SWE), Ivo Aarts (NED), Mario He (AUT), Petri Makkonen (FIN), Manuel Gama (POR), Artem Koshovyi (UKR) and Bruno Muratore (ITA). Nominated through the European Senior Championships will be: Tom Strom (SWE).

These names are subject to confirmation by the EPBF.

In the women’s final, Jasmin Ouschan demonstrated her superiority over all other players. In a total of six matches, she only lost seven (7!) individual racks! She defeated Katrine Feijen (DEN) 7:1, Monika Margeta (SWE) 7:1, Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) 7:1, Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) 7:3, Monica Webb (USA) 7:1 and Kristina Tkach (RUS) in the final match even with 7:0. „I always try and play my best game“, said Ouschan after the match. „This time, I was really feeling good and I think that was the reason why I could perform with my best game“.

The first 8 players in the women’s division were:
1. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)
2. Kristina Tkach (RUS)
3. Monica Webb (USA)
3. Ana Gradisnik (SLO)
5. Caroline Roos (SWE)
5. Kristina Zlateva (BUL)
5. Claudia Kunz (SUI)
5. Oliwia Czuprynska (POL)

The Top Ten women in the Euro-Tour rankings are:
1. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)
2. Anna Mazhirina (RUS)
3. Caroline Roos (SWE)
4. Martine Christiansen (NOR)
5. Ina Kaplan (GER)
6. Jennifer Vietz (GER)
7. Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS)
8. Louise Furberg (SWE)
9. Sandra Baumgartner (AUT)
10. Ine Helvik (NOR)

That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open Euro-Tour for Men and Women.

All results and more info can be found on www.eurotouronline.eu. Videos of the event can be viewed by premium members at www.kozoom.com.

The event was 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.eurotouronline.eu or contact our press office press@epbf.com.