2014 Austrian Open – Szewczyk ends Ouschan’s hopes

Wojciech Szewczyk
Today saw the end of many great players in the Dynamic Billard Austrian Open. Former World Champions like Daryl Peach and Oliver Ortmann did not even get to the single elimination stage here in St. Johann, Austria.
One of the players who did make it was Polish youngster Wojciech Szewczyk. He had to deal with local hero Albin Ouschan in the round of the final 32 players. The match started Szewczyk’s way. He took a quick lead and benefitted from Ouschan’s mistakes. The more mistakes Ouschan committed, the better Szewczyk got going. But at the score of 6:2, Szewczyk played a bad mistake on the 7-ball and gave the rack to Ouschan. The Austrian got second life and brought some excitement back into the match. After 13 racks, Szewczyk’s lead was down to one rack, 7:6. But he stayed calm and went on the hill, winning the rack 8:6. Then, the next rack brought some safety and tactical action. Again Szewczyk turned out to play the better shots and won the match with 9:6. „I am so happy I won the match, even after I have made that severe mistake at 6:2“ said Szewczyk afterwards. „My game collapsed and I am happy that I could still win“, added the Polish player.
Another remarkable clash in the round of the final 32 players was the match between #1 ranked player Nick Van Den Berg (NED) and Fabio Petroni (ITA). After 9 racks, Petroni was leading 6:3. But van den Berg never gives in and is rightfully leading the European rankings. He turned the match and won with 9:7. In an encounter between two very experienced players, Stephan Cohen (FRA) had the better end over Richard Jones (GBR), winning with 9:8.
The Euro-Tour men’s event will continue tomorrow morning at 10:00 am local time. At 09:00 am local time, the women will start with their tournament.
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