Al-Youssef Clears Up the House in St. Johann

With very impressive victories over Michael Cromen (GER) 9:3, European 8-ball Champion Vitaliy Patsura (UKR) 9:2 and European 9-Ball Champion Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) 9:5, Abdullah Al-Youssef (KUW) set an exclamation mark in the tournament. He is one of the players from the middle east that regularly come to the Euro-Tour and gain experience and improve their game. Today, Al-Youssef has proven that he is on the top level already. Among others, defeating two of these „heavyweights“ of European pool-billiards is definitely not an easy task. In the winner’s qualification round yet, Al-Youssef the met Daryl Peach (GBR), former 9-ball World Champion from England. The Brit seemed to be a toughie for Al-Youssef. Peach commanded the match and went ahead with a nice and comfortable 7:1 lead. The gap of six racks was too big for Al-Youssef to succeed in coming back. In the end, he got defeated 3:9 by Peach but is still alive in the tournament’s loser’s qualification round where he will play the winner of Jan van Lierop (NED) vs Andreas Madsen (DEN).


Other interesting results from today include Niels Feijen (NED) routing Stephan Cohen (FRA) 9:8 in the second winner’s round. In the same round, Daryl Peach won the all-British affair over Jayson Shaw (SCO) with 9:7. That puts him through to the winner’s qualification round but „Eagle-eye“ Shaw is still on the board. He needs to fight his way through the loser’s side though. Hometown hero Albin Ouschan (AUT) managed to pip Juan Carlos Exposito (ESP) with 9:8. Roman Hybler (CZE) bowled over „The Kaiser“ Ralf Souquet (GER) with 9:6. Maksim Dudanets (RUS) drubbed Tomasz Kaplan (POL) 9:5. „The Tornado“ Tony Drago (MLT) fell to the sharp blade of Mariusz Skoneczny (POL) 3:9. Eklent Kaci (ALB) got the better of „The Machine“ Oliver Ortmann (GER) and defeated him by a hair’s breadth 9:8. Newly crowned EPBF Player of the Year Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP) lost unexpectedly clear 2:9 to Sebastian Staab (GER). All loser’s from winner’s round 2 will get another chance on the loser’s side of the tournament.


On the loser’s side, no more chances were given to Kevin Becker (GER) and Konstantin Stepanov (RUS). Becker lost 7:9 to „The Siberian Express“ Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) 7:9 while Stepanov folded his cards against Jani Uski (FIN) 6:9. The tournament for these gentlemen is over just as it is for Nick Malai (GRE) who got eliminated 8:9 by Kim Laaksonen (FIN). The journey in the Dynamic Billard Austrian Open 2016 has also come to an end for Vitaliy Patsura. He got knocked off 8:9 by Jan van Lierop. Cliff Castelein (BEL) subdued Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz with 9:5 and sent him home. Sanchez-Ruiz can travel together with fellow countryman Juan Carlos Exposito (ESP) who was ousted 5:9 by Tobias Bongers (GER). Tony Drago ended all hopes for Karl Boyes (GBR), handing him a 9:4 defeat in loser’s round 4.


In the Ballazzo Austrian Women’s Open, Austrian top star Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) won her winner’s round 1 match over Martine Christiansen (NOR) 7:3 without a huge effort. Claudia Kunz (SUI) however creamed Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) 7:5 in the same round and sent her to the left side of the draw where she will be up tonight against Martine Christiansen and fight for the survival in the event.  Miha Beuriot (NED) managed to keep a foot in the door of the event and eliminated Louise Furberg (SWE) 7:5. Kristina Grim (GER) won the all-German clash with Kristina Schagan (GER) 7:4.


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