Karlsson eliminates Telfer in an epic thriller

Kent Karlsson (SWE)
In the loser’s qualification round of the 8-ball competition at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies in the Alpina Wellness- & Sportshotel in St. Johann i.Pg., Austria, Kent Karlsson (SWE) defeated James Telfer (NED) by a hair’s breadth with 7:6 and eliminated him from the 8-ball individuals.
That match was a real classic thriller to watch. Telfer had a comfortable lead in the beginning with 4:2. But he played a bit negligent and allowed Karlsson to get back into the match, tying it at 4:4 after eight racks. Then Karlsson kind of took the lead over. He played more focussed and solid but still committed enough mistakes to keep Telfer alive in the match. leading 6:5, Karlsson could have sealed the deal on the match. But he scratched when he attempted an easy shot in the side pocket. That gave a second life to Telfer who ran the table and tied the match at hill-hill. Karlsson broke the 13th and decisive rack. But he came up dry. No balls were down so Telfer could start shooting. He went for the stripes and got on for awhile, when he suddenly also scratched with annoys shot in the side pocket. Karlsson got to the table with ball in hand and pocketed a ball, working on his only problem straight away. He cleared the two balls that were close to one another but the solid from his group did not really pass the stripe. Instead of thinking for a work around, Karlsson went for the impossible shot - and missed. Telfer got back in with three balls on the table. But his nerves seemed to have played a trick on him. He missed the first ball and Karlsson got back, running the rack and the match, winning with 7:6 over James Telfer.
Earlier today, some rounds of the team competition were also played. Defending Champion The Netherlands won 3:0 over Norway in the first winner’s round. In the same round, Germany beat Italy 2:1, Austria won against Croatia 3:0 while Finland remained victorious over Sweden with 2:1.
The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches of the team competition. At 20:00 CET, the 8-ball finals will begin.
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