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Manuel Ederer

Defending Champion Ederer wins his first match

Saturday, 30 July 2011: In an exciting encounter, defending Champion Manuel Ederer (GER) wins his first match against Leonid Klishchar (UKR) with a margin of 100:88. The match was much closer than it could be expected before. The young Ukrainian proved to be a challenge for Ederer, who took last year's straight pool crown in the juniors division. Klishchar started out very self-confident and took a comfortable 37:8 lead over Ederer who seemed to not get into his game too well. At that point, Ederer tried to play a break shot but missed it, leaving an open table for his opponent. Klishchar went to the table and missed the first ball. That was the turning point of the match. Ederer got into his game somewhat better while Klishchar still managed to be a tough opponent for him. He could tie the match at 64:64, and even gain an advantage over the German by taking a 81:68 lead. Ederer with all his experience played as always; very focussed and at his own pace. He tied the game at 88:88. Then, after another exchange of safety shots, Ederer got to the table with a possible shot for him. He made it and ran the match, winning over a strong Klishchar with 100:88.

Another remarkable result was the match between last year's winner in the pupils division, Bence Deak (HUN) and Miikka Myllymäki (FIN). Deak, who had to play in the juniors division this year since he reached the age limit of the pupils division did not seem to get in gear. He made too many unnecessary mistakes and could not play up to what he performed last year in the pupils division. His opponent Myllymäki also made enough mistakes but Deak was not able to benefit from that. 100:73 was the final score in favour of the Finish player.

Other notable results include Lars Kuckherm (GER) overpowering Ivar Saris (NED) 100:39. Austrian Top player Mario He got a nice 100:12 victory over Frederik Madsen (DEN) where he was never in danger of losing that match. In the pupils division, Jesse Waltteri Huttunen (FIN) surprisingly defeated Joshua Filler (GER) by a hair's breadth 75:74. Another surprise was local Kevin Ferreira (LEX) winning against Pawel Kaczmarek (POL) with 75:66.

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