Ralf Souquet wins Dynamic Italian Open 2011

Ralf Souquet

Saturday, April 16, 2011:    Ralf Souquet (GER) has won the Dynamic Italian Open 2011 Euro-Tour tournament in Treviso, Italy. He overcame Jayson Shaw (SCO) with a score of  9:7 in the final. After Paris in February, this is already the second Euro-Tour stop that Souquet has won.

Like the semi-final before, the final match seemed to be very one-sided in "The Kaiser's" favour. He took a quick 5:0 lead and benefitted from unforced errors that Shaw commited. But then suddenly Shaw started to shift into overdrive. He snatched rack after rack, playing without any mistakes. Souquet had a hard time with his break and Shaw used his opportunities to even the match at 6:6. The arena which was packed with people turned silent. One could physically feel the tension. Everybody was curious whether Shaw could do the same to Souquet as he had done to Melling in the match before. But there was still one man who had something to say about that: "The Kaiser" himself! At 6:6, Shaw played a bad safety shot and gave Souquet the chance to take a 7:6 lead. Then Shaw broke the balls. He had two balls down and a promising looking layout on the table when he missed the 2-ball. Souquet accepted the gift and ran out the next two racks and rightfully took the title of the Dynamic Italian Open 2011.

The next Euro-Tour tournament will be played in July in Sankt Johann i.P. in Austria.