Defending Champion Correia Through To Euro Straight Pool Quarter-Finals
Thomas Overbeck - EPBF
Aug. 6, 2019
Enrique Correia (left) and Sami Karttunen
Enrique Correia (left) and Sami Karttunen
In an intense straight pool match, defending Champion Enrique Correia (POR) defeated Pontus Dalen (SWE) in the round of 16 players single elimination of the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors & Ladies 2019.
 
Dalen held an early lead at 47-22 over Correia when the Portuguese player got back to the table and started pocketing balls. Correia took the lead and a unique situation occured with him leading 63-47. Correiea had cleared the table and wanted to rack the balls when he by mistake took the remaining 15th ball and added it to the rack. The tournament management was called and with the help of the referees, the ball was restored to it's original position. Correia was able to continue shooting and cleared the table once again to win the match 75-47 after having trailed 22-47. With a run of 53 balls he went to the quarter-finals of the seniors straight pool individuals.
 
Earlier today in the winner’s qualification round, Sami Karttunen (FIN) encountered Timo Hofmann (GER). That match was determined by a strong playing Karttunen who quickly got out to a 46-2 lead over the German. Hofmann fought back and ran 24 balls before he missing a routine shot. Hofman was pocketing the difficult shots, but missing the easy ones. Karttunen benefited from those mistakes and consequently increased his lead to 60-26 in a race to 75. An exchange of safety shots then took place with Hofmann getting the better of his opponent, but again, he missed his second shot and Karttunen used his oppurtunity  to finish the match, winning 75-27. This victory took Karttunen to the round of 32 players single elimination while Hofmann took the detour over to the loser’s side. There, he encountered Milan Mrva (CZE) who he defeated 75-48. In the single elimination, Hofmann and Karttunen both got ousted in the round of the last 32 players.
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies 2019 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with quarterfinal matches in the straight pool individuals competition for the seniors. The final match is scheduled for 13:00 CET.
 
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