Skowerski sneaks past Chinakhov

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17/04/2015

In the 8-ball competition, Karol Skowerski (POL) has won a heartbreaker over Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) with 8:7.

The match was pretty leveled throughout the beginning. None of the two contestants was able to achieve an advantage over the other. After 11 racks, the score was 6:5 in favor of Chinakhov with his own break coming up. He had the chance to run out and get on the hill, put an immense portion of pressure on the Polish. But instead he was really unlucky. After his break shot, the table was open but the 4-ball blocked the cue ball in a way that it was not possible to play any ball at all. Chinakhov went for a rail first shot and fouled. That gave Skowerski ball in hand. Skowerski ran out and ran another rack with his own break to get on the hill with a 7:6 lead over Chinakhov himself. Then Chinakhov broke and ran. But it was all in vain. At 7:7, it was Skowerski’s break and he used it, winning the match by a hair’s breadth with 8:7.

Karol Skowerski (POL)
Karol Skowerski (POL)

In the women’s winner’s round 1, Tatiana Vaitkiene (LIT) defeated Barbara Zuddas (ITA) with 6:1 in a match that was dominated by nerves from both sides. Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) won her match over Simone Kuenzl (Germany) clearly with 6:1.

In the women’s team competition winner’s qualification round, team Russia defeated tema Norway with 2:0. The match between Austria and Switzerland went to a shootout which was won by team Austria.

The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with men’s 8-ball matches. At 17:30, the semifinals team men and women will be played with the finals to follow at 20:00 local time.

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