Das sends Ortmann home

Serge Das at the table

In a match that was mainly determined by safety play, Serge Das (BEL) eliminated Oliver  Ortmann (GER) with 9:7.

The match was full of many safety encounters between the two opponents. Ortmann seemed to have a problem with his break shot. He only had 50% good breaks while Das was able to benefit from 75% of his break shots. That was definitely part of Das' key to success in this match. Another big part was his safety play. Normally, Ortmann would have been the favorite for the match. But because of his break and his safety play, Das managed to keep a foot in the door at all times and did not let Ortmann get too much of an advantage over him. After 12 racks, Ortmann was leading 7:5. In the 13th rack he committed an avoidable foul and Das ran out. In the next rack, Ortmann missed the 7-ball and allowed Das to tie the match. Then Lady Luck hit Ortmann hard. He broke and scratched and left the 9-ball right in front of the side pocket. Das played the combination shot and got on the hill with 8:7. In the 16th rack, they had another safety encounter with Das again having the better end on his side. Ortmann seemed to be frustrated. Das made use of the moment and cleared the table, winning the match with 9:7. That puts him in the round of the final 16 players which will be played tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM CET. Ortmann settles for 17th place in the tournament.

All results from the round of the last 32 players:

Huidji See NED v Mieszko Fortunski POL 9 : 2
Ruslan Chinakhov RUS v Manuel Gama POR 9 : 8
Denis Grabe EST v Dimitri Jungo SUI 7 : 9
Mark Gray GBR v Albin Ouschan AUT 8 : 9
Phil Burford GBR v Radoslaw Babica POL 3 : 9
Marek Kudlik POL v Tomasz Kaplan POL 6 : 9
Tony Drago MLT v Nikos Ekonomopoulos GRE 9 : 6
Matey Ullah NOR v Roman Hybler CZE 1 : 9
Petri Makkonen FIN v Daryl Peach GBR 6 : 9
Oliver Ortmann GER v Serge Das BEL 7 : 9
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz ESP v Niels Feijen NED 3 : 9
Mario He AUT v Chris Melling GBR 6 : 9
Ralf Souquet GER v David Alcaide ESP 9 : 4

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