Hehre and Karabiyik Go For Gold In Euro 8-Ball Championship
Thomas Overbeck - EPBF
Aug. 11, 2019
Anja Hehre and Aygun Karabiyik
Anja Hehre and Aygun Karabiyik
The 8-ball individuals have been decided at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors & Ladies 2019. Anja Hehre (GER) and Aygun Karabiyik (SUI) have taken the titles in their respective divisions.
 
Aygun Karabiyik had a grueling day on the way to the title. After having ousted all three Portuguese players, he also eliminated Jesse Thehu (NED) with a lopsided 7-2 scoreline in the semi-final. Karabiyik faced a very tough Michael Stark (AUT) in the final match. Stark had also eliminated several players earlier as well but not with results as decisive as Karabiyik. The final match went mostly as expected with Karabiyik taking an early lead and looking to be on his way to an easy title. At 4-1 though, Karabiyik committed several unforced errors which brought Stark back into the match. Stark fought back to within one rack at 5-4 and took his time-out. When he came back, he broke but lost his cue ball and could not do anything with it. Karabiyik capitalised on that situation and cleared the table with one more point needed for the Championship. That point would come in the next rack when Karabiyik won a safety battle over Stark to win the match and the well deserved title.
 
Top 8 Seniors 8-ball
 
1. Aygün Karabiyik SUI
2. Michael Stark AUT
3. Didirk Vatne NOR
    Jesse Thehu NED
5. Henrik Hagen NOR
    Johan Svanberg SWE
    Sergio Silva POR
    Michele Monaco ITA
 
In the final of the ladies division, Anja Hehre met Cristina Moscetti (ITA). In the early stage it looked like Moscetti was in control of things, but Hehre hung in there and kept a foot in the door. Even though Hehre was down 0-2 and 2-3, she managed to overpower her Italian opponent and eventually come up with a nice 5:3 victory which brought her the title.
 
Top 6 Ladies 8-ball
 
1. Anja Hehre GER
2. Cristina Moscetti ITA
    Severine Titaux FRA
5. Annika Nilsson SWE
    Stella Julien FRA
 
Medal table after 4 of 5 events
 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 GER 2 2 2 6
2 NED 2   2 4
3 SUI 1 1 2 4
4 POR 1 1   2
5 SWE 1   1 2
6 FRA   1 2 3
7 AUT   1 1 2
8 ITA   1   1
9 NOR     4 4
 
In the medal table, Germany has taken over the lead from The Netherlands once again. Switzerland is in third place now.
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies 2019 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 9-ball individuals competition.
 
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