Peach Sends Petroni to the One-Loss Side at Treviso Open

Daryl Peach (Foto: EPBF/AMM)

Former World 9-Ball Champion Daryl Peach (GBR) has won against one of the last remaining Italian hopes at the Treviso Open, Fabio Petroni, with a clear result of 9-3.

His victory was never really in danger. The match looked like it would be close in the first four racks. After the score was 2-2, Peach played more solid and Petroni also got a bit unlucky in scratching with the cue ball and running out of position. Peach played merciless and did not get impressed by the fact that most people in the arena wanted to see him go down. Maybe that even motivated him more. Peach took five straight racks in a row, achieving a comfortable 7-2 lead over Petroni. "Fabulous" Fabio Petroni tried to fight back but all he could get was one more rack. His striking back was interrupted by another cue ball that scratched. Peach took his chances and ran two more racks, winning deservedly with 9-3. Since this was the winner's bracket, Petroni will get one more chance to make it to the final 32 players while Peach has secured his seat in the single elimination part of the tournament.

Other notable results in the winner's qualification round include Roman Hybler (CZE) destroying "Napoleon" Marcus Chamat (SWE) 9-4. Thomas Engert (GER), very experienced player and several time German and European Champion, fell to the blade of youngster Mario He (AUT) 7-9. Another favorite who had to give in was Darren Appleton (GBR). The US-Open and Champion of Champions winner was defeated by his fellow countryman Imran Majid 9-6. The matchups: Nick van den Berg (NED) v David Alcaide (ESP), Artem Koshovyi (UKR) v Christian Reimering (GER) and Manuel Ederer (GER) v Serge Das (BEL) all had one thing in common: They all ended 9-8 and made van den Berg, Reimering and Ederer walk to the loser's side where they will need to win one more match in order to make it to the last 32.

Also notable was the match in the 4th loser's round where Tony Drago (MLT) met with Alexander Kazakis (GRE). Tony "The Tornado" was almost there, being on the hill and leading 8-5 when Kazakis started an impressive comeback. He took rack after rack from Drago and achieved what no one would have believed: He won the match 9-8 over Drago and proceeded to the loser's qualification round where he will fight Petri Makkonen (FIN) for a seat in the single elimination stage of the tournament whereas Tony Drago is eliminated.

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