Henrique Correia is European 10-Ball Champion

Correia defeats Malinowski in the final match

Tuesday, 09 August 2011: Henrique Correia from Portugal is the new European 10-ball Champion 2011. He defeated Tomasz Malinowski from Poland in the final match with 7:5.

The final was expected to be more or less a one man show by Correia. Malinowski has had some good performances but Correia was dominating his opponents most of the times. However, Correia made unexpectedly many mistakes in the final match. He missed a 9-ball, in another rack he missed the 10-ball – all of those mistakes Malinowski was able to benefit from and get points into his score account. At a score of 6:4 in favour of Correia, everybody was already getting ready for the awards ceremony since it looked like a done deal. But the cue ball scratched while Correia pocketed the 9-ball. Now it got tighter and tighter for the Portuguese. In the 12th rack, Malinowski was the better safety shot player but in the end he was forced to commit a foul. Correia got ball in hand and deservedly won the match with 7:5 and the Championship title as well.

Tomorrow, the Championship will continue with the beginning of the 8-ball competition.
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