Alcaide Ousts Gray

David Alcaide

With an amazing performance, David Alcaide (ESP) eliminated nr.1 ranked player Mark Gray (GBR) 9:5 from the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open in the round of the last 32 players.


Alcaide played very solid and self-confident. The current 10-ball European Champion was leading 7:5 when he looked himself behind the 8-ball and 9-ball and had no shot at the 7-ball. He went for the jump shot and pocketed the 7-ball. Then, he had no full view of the 8-ball so he banked it in and got to the hill with 8:5. At that score, it was Gray’s break. He had a ball down but unfortunately for him, he scratched on the 2-ball. Alcaide did not need any further chance than this. He cleared the table and won the match 9:5 in order to advance to the last 16 players in the field. In his Facebook account, Gray stated after the match: "Lose 9-5 to an inspired David Alcaide Bermudez so finish 17th... I lost count of his break and runs and he made at least 6 great jump shots!!! But can't keep hitting big hitters in last 32 and expect to win at this game all the time". Alcaide will play Dutch Tim de Ruyter who remained victorious over fellow countryman Marco Teutscher (NED) 9:6.


Other interesting results from the round of the last 32 players include Daryl Peach (GBR) having a heartbreaker with Marc Bijsterbosch (NED). The match was a thriller and went to hill-hill. At 8:8, Peach played a bad safety and left a shot for Bijsterbosch. The young Dutch had to fire the 2-ball into the side-pocket and draw the cue ball back in order to get a decent position on the 3-ball. That shot was pretty risky and it probably would have been a better alternative to come up with a good safety shot. But Bijsterbosch who is known for his aggressive way of playing went for the shot… and missed it. Peach got to the table and had a shot at the 2-ball. To clear the table was more of a routine for Peach now. He won the match with 9:8 over courageous Bijsterbosch.


After having a bad start into the tournament losing his first match, Mika Immonen (FIN) is still among the remaining names for glory here in Kyrenia. He defeated current 9-ball European Champion Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) 9:5 after he fought his long way through the loser’s side today. Tomorrow, Immonen will play Tomasz Kaplan (POL) who convincingly ousted Nick van den Berg (NED) 9:3 tonight.


Another interesting match will be played tomorrow morning between Oliver Ortmann (GER) and Jayson Shaw (SCO). Ortmann defeated Maksim Dudanets (RUS) 9:4 while Shaw got the better of Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) 9:7. Also the all-German clash between Ralf Souquet and Kevin Becker will be an interesting encounter to witness. Souquet ended Wiktor Zielinski’s (POL) hopes 9:6 while Becker sent Eklent Kaci (ALB) home 9:2. Finally, the two experienced players Mario He (AUT) and Niels Feijen (NED) will have a rendezvous in the round of the last 16 players.


The Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open will continue tomorrow morning at 10:00 local time with matches from the last 16 players single elimination. At 09:00 local time, the women will enter the stage in their tournament.


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