I Want That Title

Dominic Jentsch (GER) Foto: EPBF/AMM

Jentsch steamrolled Ortmann

Saturday, 21 April 2012:
With a performance that was close to perfect, Dominic Jentsch (GER) ousted Oliver Ortmann (GER) with 8:3 from the quarterfinals of the Dynamic Italy Open Euro-Tour.

It was a top class clash of two very strong pool players with different backgrounds. Ortmann, former World Champion and US Open winner with a long history and some recent health issues, against Jentsch, young rising star who serves in the sports section of the German Army and already has two European Champion titles under his belt. In the beginning, none of the two committed any mistake at all. They both took turns in winning their respective racks until the 6th rack came along. There, Ortmann committed one big mistake when he pulled the cue ball too far and scratched unnecessarily in a corner pocket. That seemed to give some momentum to Jentsch. He ran the rack and the next one, taking a 5:2 led over Ortmann. It got even worse for the former World Champion. He also lost his next break game and allowed Jentsch to take a 6:2 lead. That was a huge advantage forJentsch in a race to eight racks. However, there seemed to be still some light on the horizon for Ortmann. When Jentsch broke in the 9th rack, he scratched and left a combination shot 1-ball on 10-ball for Ortmann that was dead on. Ortmann shortened the gap to 6:3. But that did not in any way disturb Jentsch's master plan. In his next break, Ortmann pocketed one ball and had a tough position on the 1-ball. He played a push-out that Jentsch took. When Jentsch went for it, he miscued and left a somewhat tough position for Ortmann. Oliver Ortmann tried to take this last chance but he missed the 1-ball. That was it for him. Jentsch cleared the table and went on the hill, leading 7:3 with his own break shot coming up. His next break was almost an earthquake. Jentsch pocketed four balls on the break and had an easy layout on the table. He cleared it again and took the match deservedly 8:3. Jentsch had the better break shot and played rock solid. “I am really hot to win that tournament”, said Jentsch after the match, “I feel great! After winning the 10- ball title at the European Championships last month, I want to win my first Euro-Tour now”. “This is the first time that I got so far in the Euro-Tour. My best place so far was ranked 17th. Now I want to win it!” When asked about his preparations, he mentioned: “I have worked out hard and my body is in a good physical condition. I also worked hard on my break shot, and I think that could be
witnessed”, stated Jentsch with a smile.

Other notable results from the quarterfinal matches include David Alcaide (ESP)
eliminating Jayson Shaw (SCO) with 8:4. In an all British clash, youngster Phil Burford ousted Darren Appleton with 8:5. Another thriller happened on table 17. Dark horse Miko Balasz (HUN) had proven to be a very tough draw for Nick van den Berg (NED). When van den Berg was on the hill, leading 7:6, Miko pulled out a brilliant shot to tie the match at 7:7. Then, van den Berg had the break shot and ran all balls, but he missed the 10-ball. However, he left a tough shot for Miko which the tough Hungarian player tried to bank over one rail but he missed. Then van den Berg pocketed the final 10-ball to seize the match with 8:7 from Miko.

The semi-final between David Alcaide and Nick van den Berg will be played at 14:45 CET while the semi-final match between Dominic Jentsch and Phil Burford is scheduled for 16:00 CET.

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