Drago Defeats Peach

"The Tornado" Tony Drago (MLT) Foto: EPBF/AMM

Dynamic German Open down to 32 players

Friday, 26 August 2011: In an exciting matchup, Tony Drago (MLT) defeated Daryl Peach (GBR) with 8:6.

The complete match was determined by many mistakes from both players. Peach had the better start, gaining a quick 3:0 lead over Drago who tried for a long time to keep pace with Peach. The advantage of Peach was two racks minimum during the whole time of the match. At a score of 6:3, Peach had the chance to get on the hill but he missed a relatively easy 5-ball. Drago thanked for the invitation and ran the balls, making the score 4:6. That was one of two major mistakes from Peach. The second one he committed when he was leading 6:5. He then missed an easy 8-ball and went back to his table completely frustrated. Drago again benefitted from his mistake and tied the match at 6:6. In the 13th rack, both players were very careful and preferred to play safety shots. It was Tony Drago who won the safety battle and started pocketing balls. But he unexpectedly missed the 3-ball. However, the balls on the table were not in favour of Peach. He scratched with the cue ball when he tried to play a safety shot on the 7-ball. Drago ran the rack and went on the hill, taking a 7:6 lead over Peach. The 14th rack just demonstrated what had happened throughout the whole matchup. Peach ran the balls and missed an easy 9-ball. Drago closed the book on Peach, winning 8:6.

Other notable results include Oliver Ortmann (GER) crushing Dominic Jentsch (GER) with 8:1. Guilherme Sousa (POR) succeeded in coming up with the biggest surprise of the loser's qualification round when he ousted Dutch superstar Niels Feijen with 8:5. Jayson Shaw (SCO) ended Roman Hybler's (CZE) hopes for the title by creaming him 8:6. Mariusz Skoneczny (POL) remained victorious over Thomas Engert (GER) with 8:3.

The next round will feature the start of the single elimination stage of the event. 32 remaining players will fight for the title at the Stahlpalast in Brandenburg, Germany.

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