Mario He takes the title on home turf


Mario He takes the title on home turf

Austria’s Mario He just clearly defeated Francisco Sanchez-Riuz (ESP) with 9:2 in the final match of the Dynamic Billard Austrian Open in Alpina Wellness & Sports Hotel, St. Johann i.Pg., Austria.

Mario He’s way into the final could not have been longer. He lost his opening match and had to take the long road through the loser’s side. Then, in the single elimination stage, he eliminated Tomasz Kaplan (POL) 9:8, Daryl Peach (GBR) 9:3, Marco Teutscher (NED) 9:4 and in the semi-final his teammate Albin Ouschan (AUT) 9:8. Sanchez’ way into the final match led over victories over Mark Gray (GBR) 9:2, Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) 9:6, Nick van den Berg (NED) 9:5 and in the semi-final Joshua Filler (GER) 9:7. The final match turned out to become a one man show by Mario He. Sanchez just could not find his rhythm. He even committed a time foul since the match was under the clock and he simply took too much time for his shot. After 9 racks, Mario He was up 8:1 and only a little step away from glory. Sanchez tried to give a bit more of a fight to Mario He and won another rack. But that was it for Sanchez. Mario He returned to the table and ran another rack, winning the final with a more than impressive result of 9:2. „I am over the moon“, said He after the match, „I had the worst of all starts and now I win the tournament here. Unbelievable!“ „I played quite solid in the single elimination stage but I also had strong opponents“, added Mario He. „This is my second victory on the Euro-Tour and it is always so special to win this coveted event“, mentioned He with a smile.

Mario He (AUT)

Result final match
Mario He (AUT) v Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) 9:2

Results semi-finals
Albin Ouschan (AUT) v Mario He 8:9
Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz v Joshua Filler (GER) 9:7

Results quarter-finals
David Alcaide (ESP) v Albin Ouschan 7:9
Mario He v Marco Teutscher (NED) 9:4
Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz v Nick van den Berg (NED) 9:5
Joshua Filler v Imran Majid (GBR) 9:2

Top eight players Dynamic Billard Austrian Open
1. Mario He
2. Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz
3. Albin Ouschan
Joshua Filler
5. David Alcaide
Marco Teutscher
Nick van den Berg
Imran Majid

Top Ten EPBF Euro-Tour Ranking
1. David Alcaide 2620 pts
2. Mario He 2375 pts
3. Joshua Filler 2350 pts
4. Niels Feijen 2290 pts
5. Nick van den Berg 2250 pts
6. Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz 2190 pts
Ralf Souquet 2190 pts
8. Mark Gray 2090 pts
Albin Ouschan 2090 pts
10. Ruslan Chinakhov 2080 pts

The Dynamic Billard Austrian Women’s Open have also commenced today. #1 seeded player Kristina Tkach (RUS) justified her seed and took down Ewa Bak (POL) 7:3 and then Jessika Nilsson (SWE) 7:0 even. These two clear victories got her in the single elimination round of the last 16 players where she will face Marharyta Fefilava (BLR). Another favoured player is always Amalia Matas (ESP). She performed quite strong today and won her matches 7:2 over Pia Blaeser (GER) and 7:3 over Sara Rocha (POR). She will join Tkach in the single elimination and will have to deal with Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) in the next round. All-time favourite in European women’s events Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) wasted no time with her opponents today. She smashed Anne Darda (GER) 7:0, then Kateryna Polovinchuk (UKR) 7:2 and finally Martine Christiansen (NOR) 7:1 for her seat in the single elimination round. All three opponent’s points added would not have made Ouschan lose one single set! Her opponent in the next match will be Ana Gradisnik (SLO). Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) had finished 3rd place in the last 3 Women’s Euro-Tour events in Treviso (2x) and Albufeira. This time, she is up for more. She overpowered Ortenzia Haefliger (SUI) 7:3 and Ann-Sofie Löfgren (SWE) 7:3 to make it to the final stage of the event. She will be up against Yvonne Ullmann (GER) in her next match.

Last 16 Single elimination
Kristina Tkach (RUS) v Marharyta Fefilava (BLR)
Amalia Matas (ESP) v Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS)
Claudia von Rohr (SUI) v Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER)
Ine Helvik (NOR) v Sara Rocha (POR)
Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) v Yvonne Ullmann (GER)
Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) v Ana Gradisnik (SLO)
Melanie Suessenguth (GER) v Birgit Heidorn (GER)
Tina Vogelmann (GER) v Louise Furberg (SWE)

Tomorrow, the Dynamic Billard Austrian Women’s Open in Alpina Wellness & Sports Hotel, St. Johann i.Pg., Austria, will continue at 10:00 CET with matches from the last 16 players single elimination.

Every day, one match from the event will be shown LIVE on the Facebook page of the EPBF. All Facebook users may check out the high standard of quality which is provided for all the events and see what the Kozoom members receive all the time. You can see all the matches on up to 24 tables live via who stream the whole event on the internet LIVE. The FB live matches are announced on the EPBF Facebook page around noon every day. Results and schedule can be found at so why not come and check out all the LIVE action of the Dynamic Billard Austrian Open starting Thursday 18th May at 09:00h

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