Defending Champion Wirsbitzki Through After Tough Fight

The defending Champion in senior’s straight pool, Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER), won his match in the single elimination round of the last 32 players over Peter Balint (HUN) at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies with 75:53.


What looks quite clear has in reality been a tough struggle for the defending Champion. Balint had the far better start and took a 47:9 lead over the German. Then the match turned into a safety battle since none of the two contestants wanted to give any chance to the opponent. But Balint made the mistake and allowed Wirsbitzki to the table with possible shots to make. Wirsbitzki proved that he is on the mission to defend his title. Trailing 45:53, he did not commit any more mistakes and ran 30 balls to win the match with 75:53. In the next round, Wirsbitzki will meet Dino Cerimagic (BIH) who won his match 75:28 over Steffen Gross (GER). Wirsbitzki won that match also with 75:30 which puts him through to the quarter-finals.


Other interesting results from today include Thomas Damm (GER) ousting Magnus Vesterlund (SWE) clearly with 75:43. Jimmy Worung (NED) made short work of Alex Habo (HUN) and took the match with 75:14. Guys van Helmond (NED) also stayed alive in the straight pool event. With a 75:53 over Csaba Nagy (HUN) he secured his spot in the last 16 players of the event. Alexander Markut (AUT) took care of the first bigger upset at the event. He surprisingly ousted former Champion Henrique Correia (POR) with 75:67. Newcomer in the senior’s division Senharip Azar (SWE) is also on his way. He got the better of Pauli Laakso (FIN) 75:42.


At the same time, the European qualifying tournament for the World Cup of Pool has taken place in the venue in St. Johann. 20 teams from different nations, including Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates played for one spot in the main tournament. The final match was played in the late evening between teams Romania 1 and Romania 2. The winner of that match will be going to the World Cup of Pool. We will report about the winner in the next press release.


The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies will continue tomorrowmorning at 09:00 CET with first round matches of the 10-ball division. The final match in the straight pool individuals will begin at 20:00 local time.


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The event is hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion Foundation IBPF.