No Upsets in Round One Action

The first matches of the Dynamic Billard Austrian Open and the Ballazzo Austria Women’s Open have been played and the first surprising results have come in. However, there has not yet been a huge upset so far.


One of the unexpected results in the event was Abdullah Al-Yousef’s (UAE) clear 9:2 victory over newly crowned 8-ball European Champion Vitaliy Patsura (UKR). Patsura was on fire throughout the EC but the Euro-Tour starts with a defeat for him. He now needs to make his way over the loser’s side in order to make it to the final 64 single elimination stage. Daniele Corrieri (ITA) won 9:8 by a whisker over Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS). That match was an exciting encounter with the luckier end for Corrieri.


In the women’s tournament, a small upset would be the 7:4 victory of Ine Helvik (NOR) over Oliwia Czuprynska (POL). Czuprynska who had won the Gold Medal in women’s team at the European Championships earlier this week seemed to be off the roll. Czuprynska’s teammate Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) had some hard work to do today. She was playing against Simone Kuenzl (GER) in her first round match. Being 6:5 up, Wesolowska missed an easy 8-ball and left it hanging over the pocket for Kuenzl. The German used the chance and tied the match at 6:6. The next rack was dominated by nervous play from both players. With three balls left on the table, Kuenzl played a safety shot and left nothing for Wesolowska. Wesolowska hit it and luckily left nothing for Kuenzl in return. Then Kuenzl came up with a decent safety and forces Wesolowska to play a foul shot. With ball in hand, Kuenzl missed the second last ball and could not finish the rack. Wesolowska could and won very luckily with 7:6.


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