In an intense final match, Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) won the title of the European Straight Pool Champion 2015 with 75:57 over Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL).
Both players have just arrived here from Asia, playing the Amway Cup in Taiwan. Therefore, one could see that they were both really exhausted. However, the match was still high class pool with a bit too many mistakes from both sides. Since none of the two contestants could really gain a big lead over the other, the match remained really exciting until Khodjaeva played a bad safety shot at the score of 64:57 in favor of Ouschan. That was her last visit to the table. Ouschan ran the table and won her 8th straight pool European Championship in the past 11 years.
„I am really happy this is over“, said Ouschan after the match, „I am so exhausted. I took a defeat in the early rounds and had to fight my way all through the loser’s side“, Ouschan added.
Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) v Jasmin Ouschan 36:75
Kamila Khodjaeva v Caroline Roos (SWE) 75:29
Marharyta Fefilava v Kristina Tkach (RUS) 75:35
Silvia Lopez (ESP) v Jasmin Ouschan 24:75
Line Kjoersvik (NOR) v Kamila Khodjaeva 41:75
Sandra Baumgartner (AUT) v Caroline Roos 44:75
Earlier today, several rounds of 10-ball were played in the various disciplines.
Several unexpected results occurred in the men’s division. In round one, Sebastian Staab (GER) defeated Andreas Gerwen (SWE) unexpectedly clear with 8:3. Then, in the winner’s qualification round, defending Champion David Alcaide (ESP) left no doubts he wants to defend his title. 8:4 was the final result over Karol Skowerski (POL). A big loss happened to „The Terminator“ Niels Feijen (NED). He had to give in to unheralded Dino Cerimagic (BIH) with 5:8. Eklent Kaci, young talented player from Albania, handed a whitewash to Marek Hajdovsky, winning 8:0. Petri Makkonen (FIN) overcame Albin Ouschan (AUT) 8:4 and send him to the loser’s side. Totally unexpected was also the result from Roger Rasmussen (NOR). He won 8:5 over Alexander Kazakis (GRE). Michael Gavenciak (CZE) had a hill-hill thriller with Mario He (AUT) which was already a huge success for him. On top of that, he managed to win the deciding rack and took the match with 8:7 from the Austrian. Tomasz Kaplan (POL) g ot the better of BCA Hall of Famer Ralf Souquet (GER), winning 8:4. However, most favored players made their way through the loser’s qualification round and will enter the single elimination stage tomorrow. Only Mario He got eliminated by his teammate Maximilian Lechner with 5:8. Two more famous casualties of the loser’s qualification round were Niels Feijen, who also lost to a teammate Marc Bijsterbosch with 6:8. Albin Ouschan (AUT) is the third in that line. He lost to underdog Nicolas Kalb (FRA) with 7:8.
The women’s 10-ball started with a big upset. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) lost a hill-hill thriller with her long-time rival Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) 5:6 in the first round. Defending Champion Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) wasted no time with Nathalie Seichter (NED) and handed her a clear 6: defeat in the first winner’s round. Claudia Kunz (SUI) had a good day today. She made her way straight into the single elimination, winning her matches with Daria Sirotina (RUS) 6:5 and Martine Christiansen (NOR) 6:4. After having defeated Jasmin Ouschan in the first round, Kamila Khodjaeva smashed Christine Feldmann (SUI) 6:0, before she lost to Kynthia Orfanidis (NED) 4:6. Ana Mazhirina (RUS) had three straight victories to book her set in the round of the last 16 players. She won over Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) 6:3, then got the better of Line Kjoersvik (NOR) 6:1 before she powered past Vania Franco (POR) 6:2.
Only one round of wheelchair 10-ball was played today. In the second loser’s round, Henrik Larsson (SWE) lost 1:5 to Roy Kimberley (GBR). The same result was good for Matej Brajkovic (SLO) in his match over David Himpe (BEL). Tony Southern (GBR) eliminated his teammate Daniel Luton 5:3. Manfred Gattinger (GER) just made it over Daniel Lee (GBR) with 5:4.
The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with women’s 10-ball matches. Tomorrow night at 21:00 local time, the final matches in 10-ball in all divisions will be played.
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