Stepanov takes the title

Konstantin Stepanov celebrating his victory

In an intense match, Russian Konstantin Stepanov defeated Dimitri Jungo (SUI) with 9:7 and obtained the crown of the 2013 Dynamic Billard Italian Open.

In the early stage of the match, everything was all square. It was Jungo who managed to get an advantage over Stepanov first. After trailing 3:4, Jungo won 3 straight racks and took a 6:4 lead over Stepanov. That phase of the match was determined by several unforced errors from both players. However, Stepanov recovered and came back with a 7:6 lead over Jungo. It was obvious that both players were struggling with their game. Jungo managed to tie the match at 7:7, but then Stepanov benefited from a mistake of the Swiss and got on the hill with 8:7. In the 16th rack, the pressure was too much for Jungo. He played a weak safety and Stepanov cleared the table to achieve his first Euro-Tour victory of his career. 

"I am so happy", stated Stepanov after the final. "I've been playing the Euro-Tour for many years now and I have never been able to win one. Today is my day!" says Stepanov with a smile on his face. "My goal for this year is to get a spot in the Top Ten of the Euro-Tour rankings and to go to the World Championships this year."

That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard Italian Open 2013.

The event was hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.