10-Ball Competition has Begun in European Championships

Oliwia Czuprynska (POL), Foto: EPBF/DK

Straight Pool quarter finals will begin at 17:00 local time

Sunday, 31 July 2011: Today, the 10-ball competition started in juniors, pupils and girls division. The straight pool has been played to the last eight players in the juniors and pupils division last night and they will play the quarter finals (17:00), semi-finals (18:45) and finals (20:30) tonight. Since there are four disciplines played this week in three divisions, the time schedule sometimes makes it necessary to start the day with one discipline and end it with another one. Today is one of those days. It started with 10-ball.

In the girls division, two players from last year were seeded: Darya Sirotina (RUS) finished as runner up last year while Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) came in 3rd place. They were the seeded players in that division. The defending Champion Simone Kuenzl (GER) reached the age limit and cannot play in the girls division anymore. Sirotina had a clear victory in her first match, defeating Kristina Zlateva (BUL) with 5:1. In her next match she will play Belgian top player Kamila Khodjaeva at 15:00.

Czuprynska was not able to repeat her performance from last year in her first match. She had a tough opponent in Anastasia Nechaeva (RUS) and lost 2:5 to the girl from Russia. She will now have to try and make her way through the loser's bracket.

In the pupils division, only Daniel Tangudd (SWE) remains from the top three ranked players from last year. Defending Champion Bence Varga (HUN) as well as runner up Wojciech Szewczyk (POL) and Daniel G.llnhuber (AUT) advanced to the juniors division where only Szewczyk is remaining on the winner's side at the moment. So Tangudd was the only seeded player. He had a walk-over in the first round and will face Tobias Bongers (GER) in his next match.

In the juniors division, the two players who finished 3rd , Mihkel Rehepapp (EST) and Jim Chawki (SWE) are seeded with the defending Champion Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) and runner up Steffen Wolff (NOR) having reached the age limit and advance to the men's division. Rehepapp had a walk-over in his first round match and then lost his second round match 6:7 to Balasz Koles (SVK). Chawki is still on the winner's side with two victories under his belt. He will face Manuel Ederer (GER) in his next match.

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