Stepanov smashes Souquet

Konstantin Stepanov on the break

In a very one-sided semi-final match, Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) smashed Ralf Souquet (GER) and defeated him 9:1.

Probably no-one would have expected the match to have that clear outcome. Souquet never seemed to find his game. Whatever he tried, it simply did not work for him. On the other side, Stepanov had a 9-ball break and the balls went in his favor. That does not mean that he did not deserve the victory. To the contrary, he played rock solid and made some spectacular shots that Souquet had nothing to oppose to. In the end, the high victory for Stepanov was deserved.

In the second semi-final match, Dimitri Jungo (SUI) defeated Albin Ouschan (AUT) with 9:4. That match will probably be remembered for a long time by Ouschan. The Austrian got the better start and quickly got a nice and comfortable 4:1 lead over Jungo. But then the tide turned in the match. The quality in the match was not as high as it was in previous matches. Both players committed several mistakes. After having trailed 1:4, Jungo snatched rack after rack from Ouschan. After nine racks, Jungo was leading 5:4, when Ouschan went for his time-out. Coming back freshly motivated, Ouschan broke the balls and cleared the table until he got to the 6-ball. He was in perfect position with three more easy balls on the table. But he miscued and the cue ball left the table, giving Jungo ball in hand. That tough luck continued for Ouschan and he could do nothing but witness Jungo taking rack after rack. In the end, Jungo won with 9:4 and will now play the final match while Ouschan will have to settle for 3rd at this year's Dynamic Billard Italian Open.

Semi-final results:
Dimitri Jungo SUI v Albin Ouschan AUT 9 : 4
Konstantin Stepanov RUS v Ralf Souquet GER 9 : 1

Quarter-final results:
Ruslan Chinakhov RUS v Dimitri Jungo SUI 8 : 9
Albin Ouschan AUT v Tomasz Kaplan POL 9 : 5
Konstantin Stepanov RUS v Roman Hybler CZE 9 : 4
Serge Das BEL v Ralf Souquet GER 5 : 9

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