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Japan, Denmark And Germany Reach Quarter-Finals Of World Cup Of Pool

Masato Yoshioka

ROUND TWO
Russia 2-7 Japan
Italy 5–7 Denmark
Germany 7-4 Kuwait

Japan, Denmark and Germany all won through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Pool during Wednesday afternoon’s play at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

Japan (Naoyuki Oi and Masato Yoshioka) were emphatic in victory over Russia, whose pair was World Champion Fedor Gorst and playing partner Sergey Lutsker. Denmark then took the initiative from 5-5 to defeat Italy, and the session concluded with Germany taking a 7-4 win over Kuwait.

The first two racks of the opening match were shared and it was Japan who took the third to lead Russia 2-1. They broke dry in the fourth but Gorst wasn’t able to successfully jump the 1 and Japan were able to take a two-rack lead that soon became 4-1.

Russia pulled one back in the sixth but a cruel kick from the 7 saw Gorst scratch on the break and Japan were able to run the table again. Oi and Yoshioka were making balls on the break and got to the hill at 6-2 thanks to another run out, and they took full advantage of the winner breaks format to take the next rack for a place in the quarter-finals where they will meet Slovakia.

Denmark and Italy (Fabio Petroni and Daniele Corrieri) were next up and a nip and tuck match saw the scores level after 10 racks. Denmark’s Bahram Lotfy and Mickey Krause were first to the hill, Lotfy making the 9 at the end of the 11th having completely messed it at 5-4 up, which had allowed Petroni ball in hand.

The Danish pair didn’t have a shot after their final break but the crucial moment came with three balls left when Lotfy played a great safety on the 7. Corrieri made a firm connection but the ball was left open for Krause and the impressive youngster set Denmark on the way to the quarter finals.

They’ll meet Germany after Joshua Filler and Christof Reintjes scored a 7-4 victory over Kuwait’s pairing of Omar Al-Shaheen and Bader Abdullah Alawadhi.

Kuwait, who were impressive in beating Poland 7-3 in the first round, took a 2-0 lead before Germany won the next five. A dry break gave Kuwait an opportunity and they closed to within one, before Alawadhi missed the 9 to level the match, which gifted Filler the chance to put Germany on the hill, and they ran out with their last break to win 7-4.

“In the first match Kuwait played really strong and that’s what we expected,” said Filler. “We both played okay, I think Omar missed an easy ball which was good for us, but we didn’t make balls on some of the breaks. But of course we are super happy to be in the quarter-finals.”

Round two concludes with three matches in the evening session, including USA vs. Philippines and Estonia vs. Great Britain A.

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Italy And Kuwait Provide Shocks At World Cup Of Pool

ROUND 1
Spain 4-7 Italy
Germany 7
-4 Lithuania
Poland 3-7 Kuwait

Italy dumped World Cup of Pool third seeds Spain out in the first round of the event at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, while there were wins on Monday evening for Germany, who survived a Lithuanian fightback, and Kuwait, who shocked Poland with a 7-3 victory.

Italy (Fabio Petroni and Daniele Corrieri) led for much of the evening’s first match against Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz and World Pool Masters champion David Alcaide and it was a Corrieri golden break that got them to 4-1. They moved to the hill with a healthy 6-2 lead, and it turned out that they would need it.

A mini fightback got Spain to 6-4, but Sanchez-Ruiz then missed a long 2 to the top pocket. Corrieri made the jump to remove the 2 but hooked himself on the 7. However, former Mosconi Cup player ‘Fabulous’ Fabio Petroni fluked the 3 and that opened the table for the underdogs, who cleared for the match to set up a second-round clash with Denmark on Wednesday.

The second match of the evening featured Germany’s US Open Champion Joshua Filler alongside new partner Christoph Reintjes. They were taking on World Cup rookies Lithuania, who were represented by two-time European under-23 champion Pijus Labutis and Kestutis Zadeikis.

After opening up a 5-1 lead, Germany were hit by a Lithuanian comeback, but the debutants stalled at 5-4 and from there the favourites were able to take advantage of a third dry break to close out the match 7-4.

“To play in the arena is always edgy in the first match but I really enjoyed it,” said Filler. “I missed a couple of shots but it happens but the main thing is to keep positive, and my partner played really well so I am delighted that we won.

“You should practice as a team to find your chemistry and rhythm and I think that is the key for every team. I was impressed with Lithuania. I saw them in the practice room and they played good and after 5-1 down they kept fighting.”

The evening concluded with another seeded team being eliminated. This time it was Poland who were on the wrong end of the result, with Kuwait’s Omar Al-Shaheen and Badar Abdullah Alawadhi impressing in a 7-3 victory.

The first round concludes on Tuesday with matches including appearances for all three Great Britain Teams. Kelly and Allison Fisher take on Philippines pairing Jeff De Luna and Roberto Gomez in the opening match at 12 noon (UK time). The evening session sees Jayson Shaw and Chris Melling against Belarus’ Margarita Fefilova and Yana Halliday after the return of 2014 winners Karl Boyes and Darren Appleton, they take on South Africa as late replacements for Canada. The evening session will begin at 5:30pm with USA against Australia.

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Philippines Aim For Record Fourth Title At World Cup Of Pool

Jeffrey De Luna and Roberto Gomez (Erwin Dionisio)

Philippines, Russia and Greece are the latest teams to be confirmed for the World Cup of Pool, while Italy and Switzerland will also be aiming for doubles glory at Stadium MK, England this May 9-14, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.

Philippines are three-time World Cup winners and joining forces in the hope of landing a record-breaking fourth Filipino title are Jeff De Luna and former World Championship runner-up Roberto Gomez.

Russia will be represented by reigning World Champion Fedor Gorst and 23-year-old Sergey Lutsker, who was silver medallist at the Junior European 10-Ball Championship in 2015. Gorst was part of the successful European team when he made his Mosconi Cup debut last December and is hoping to help lead Russia to their first ever World Cup title this May.

Greece will be represented for a third time by the pairing of Nick Malai and Alexander Kazakis, runner-up at the last World Pool Masters. Italian duo of Daniele Corrieri and former Mosconi Cup star Fabio Petroni will also return, while Switzerland will be represented by Ronald Regli and Dimitri Djungo.

The World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams and is played to a straight-knockout format, with a total prize fund of $250,000.

Team Austria (Albin Ouschan and Mario He) will defend their title in Milton Keynes, but competition will be tough with some of the biggest names in pool already confirmed. They include, Netherlands (Niels Feijen and Marc Bijsterbosch), Japan (Naoyuki Oi and Masato Yoshioka), and Great Britain A (Jayson Shaw and Chris Melling). Also confirmed are teams from Finland (Petri Makkonen and Casper Matikainen), Poland (Mieszko Fortunski and Wojciech Szewczyk) and Spain (David Alcaide and Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz).

As host nation, Great Britain has two teams in the World Cup and the combination of Women’s World 9-Ball Champion Kelly Fisher and BCA Hall of Famer Allison Fisher makes Great Britain B one of the most anticipated teams of the event.

Further teams will be announced shortly and the draw for the World Cup of Pool will be made soon after all teams have been confirmed.

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Global Stars Complete World Cup Of Pool Line-Up

Germany’s formidable pairing of Josh Filler and Ralf Souquet (JP Parmentier)

The final teams have been confirmed for the 2019 World Cup of Pool with powerhouse nations such as Philippines, Germany and Holland all set to compete at the Morningside Arena, Leicester this June 25-30.
 
Tickets are on sale now at www.matchroompool.com for pool’s biggest doubles event with the draw to be announced shortly.
 
A further 15 teams have been added to the line-up with the final nation to be the winner of a European qualifying event, which will take place over the weekend of June 1-2 at IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania.
 
US Open and World Champion Joshua Filler will again compete alongside Ralf Souquet for Germany, with another Mosconi Cup legend in Niels Feijen being joined by Marc Bijsterbosch for Holland. Alex Pagulayan teams up with John Morra to represent Canada, and Ko brothers Pin-Yi and Ping-Chung will be aiming to win Chinese Taipei’s second World Cup title.
 
Other Asian nations will include Japan (Naoyuki Oi and Toru Kuribayashi), Hong Kong (Lo Ho Sum and Yip Kin Ling Leo), Singapore (Aloysuis Yapp and Sharik Aslam Sayed) and three-time World Cup winners Philippines (Carlo Biado and Jeff De Luna).
 
European representation is completed by France (Alex Montpellier and Fabio Rizzi), Russia (Fedor Gorst and Ruslan Chinakhov) and Poland (Konrad Juszczyszyn and Mateusz Sniegocki).
Elsewhere South American Champions Chile will be represented by Enrique Rojas and Alejandro Carvajal, while there will also be teams from Brazil and Saudi Arabia, with players to be confirmed shortly.
 
2019 World Cup of Pool Confirmed Teams:
Albania               Eklent Kaci / Besar Spahiu
Australia            Justin Sajich / Danny Stone
Austria                Albin Ouschan / Mario He
Brazil                   TBC / TBC
Canada               Alex Pagulayan / John Morra
Chile                    Enrique Rojas / Alejandro Carvajal
China                   Wu Jiaqing / Liu Haitao
Chinese Taipei  Ko Pin-Yi / Ko Ping-Chung
Czech Republic Roman Hybler / Michal Gavenčiak
European Qualifier
Estonia               Denis Grabe / Mark Magi
Finland               Petri Makkonen / Mika Immonen
France                 Alex Montpellier / Fabio Rizzi
Germany            Joshua Filler / Ralf Souquet 
Great Britain A Jayson Shaw / Chris Melling
Great Britain B Mark Gray / Imran Majid
Greece                Alexander Kazakis / Nick Malaj
Holland               Niels Feijen / Marc Bijsterbosch
Hong Kong         Lo Ho Sum / Yip Kin Ling Leo
Italy                     Fabio Petroni / Daniele Corrieri
Japan                  Naoyuki Oi / Toru Kuribayashi
Malta                  Tony Drago / Clayton Castaldi
New Zealand     Matt Edwards / Simon Singleton
Philippines         Carlo Biado / Jeff De Luna
Poland                Konrad Juszczyszyn / Mateusz Sniegocki
Russia                 Fedor Gorst / Ruslan Chinakhov 
Saudi Arabia      TBC / TBC
Singapore           Aloysuis Yapp / Sharik Aslam Sayed
South Africa       Richard Halliday / Jason Theron
Spain                   David Alcaide / Francisco Sanchez Ruiz
Sweden              Marcus Chamat / Tomas Larsson
USA                     Shane Van Boening / Skyler Woodward
 
Tickets for the 2019 World Cup of Pool are on sale now priced at £5 for weekday afternoons and £10 for weekday evenings and weekend sessions. A season ticket is available for £75 with premium ticket packages available for weekend days including food and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.
 
The 2019 World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams battling for the $60,000 first prize from a total prize fund of $250,000. Matches are race to 7 in the first two rounds, race to 9 in the quarter and semi-finals and, for the first time, race to 11 in the final.
 
The 2019 World Cup of Pool is sponsored by the following partners: Iwan Simonis (Cloth), Saluc (Aramith Balls), Rasson (Table), Predator (cues), Kamui (chalk and tip).

First Teams Confirmed For World Cup Of Pool

China’s Wu Jiaqing and Liu Haitao (JP Parmentier)

The first 16 teams to participate in the 2019 World Cup of Pool have been confirmed ahead of the event at Morningside Arena, Leicester which takes place from Tuesday, June 25 until Sunday, June 30 with tickets on sale at midday this Friday, May 24 at www.worldcupofpool.com.
 
The line-up includes three pairs who have previously won the event together; defending champions Wu Jiaqing and Liu Haitao of China, 2017 winners Albin Ouschan and Mario He of Austria and Finland’s Petri Makkonen and Mika Immonen.
 
As host nation Great Britain can enter two teams, with Scotland’s Jayson Shaw and Yorkshire’s Chris Melling making up Great Britain A and Mark Gray and Imran Majid on Great Britain B. Team USA will be among the favourites after defeating Europe at December’s Mosconi Cup in London; Shane Van Boening, a World Cup winner in 2008, returns and is partnered by Mosconi MVP Skyler Woodward for a third time. They reached the World Cup final two years ago before losing out to Austria.
 
Also familiar to Mosconi Cup fans will be team Sweden, led by European captain Marcus Chamat with Tomas Larsson as his partner. Eklent Kaci is joined by Besar Spahiu for Albania, with Francisco Sanchez Ruiz and World Pool Masters winner David Alcaide playing for Spain.
 
Former Mosconi MVP Tony Drago pairs with Clayton Castaldi for Malta while Italy’s Fabio Petroni, who memorably played for Europe in the 1998 Mosconi Cup, joins Daniele Corrieri on the Italian team.
Justin Sajich and Danny Stone won their national qualifier to earn the right to represent Australia, and Matt Edwards will this year be paired with Simon Singleton for New Zealand. Richard Halliday returns for South Africa and is this year partnered by Jason Theron while Czech Republic (Roman Hybler and Michal Gavenčiak) and Estonia (Denis Grabe and Mark Magi) have also been confirmed.
 
More teams will be announced in the coming days with draw and schedule information to follow in due course.
 
The 2019 World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams battling for the $60,000 first prize from a total prize fund of $250,000. Matches are race to 7 in the first two rounds, race to 9 in the quarter and semi-finals and for the first time race to 11 in the final.
 
Tickets for the 2019 World Cup of Pool go on pre-sale to Matchroom Pool Club members from midday on Thursday, May 23. Membership of the Matchroom Pool Club is free of charge and new members can register now at http://www.matchroompool.com/pool-club/.
 
General sale begins at midday on Friday, May 24 with tickets priced at £5 for weekday afternoons and £10 for weekday evenings and weekend sessions. Season tickets and premium ticket options are also available.
 
2019 World Cup of Pool Confirmed Teams:
Albania               Eklent Kaci / Besar Spahiu
Australia             Justin Sajich / Danny Stone
Austria                Albin Ouschan / Mario He
China                  Wu Jiaqing / Liu Haitao
Czech Republic  Roman Hybler / Michal Gavenčiak
Estonia               Denis Grabe / Mark Magi
Finland               Petri Makkonen / Mika Immonen
Great Britain A  Jayson Shaw / Chris Melling
Great Britain B  Mark Gray / Imran Majid
Italy                     Fabio Petroni / Daniele Corrieri
Malta                  Tony Drago / Clayton Castaldi
New Zealand     Matt Edwards / Simon Singleton
South Africa       Richard Halliday / Jason Theron
Spain                   David Alcaide / Francisco Sanchez Ruiz
Sweden              Marcus Chamat / Tomas Larsson
USA                     Shane van Boening / Skyler Woodward
 
The 2019 World Cup of Pool is sponsored by the following partners: Iwan Simonis (Cloth), Saluc (Aramith Balls), Rasson (Table), Predator (cues), Kamui (chalk and tip).

Matikainen Eliminates Kaplan In Men’s 10-Ball

Matikainen, Feldmann and Dinsmore

In the quarter-final round of the men’s 10-ball individuals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 in Treviso, Italy, Casper Matikainen (FIN) eliminated Tomasz Kaplan (POL) with 8:7.
 
It was the third tough match for Matikainen today already. In the 15:30 round, he defeated Eklent Kaci (ALB) with 8:6. Then, in the next round he went ahead and ousted Daniele Corrieri (ITA) 8:7. These close results prove that Matikainen has to be a good fighter. He was already trailing 4:7 against Kaplan and things did not look at all promising for him. When Kaplan had the chance to finish the match, he snookered himself and ran out of position with the cue ball, hiding it behind the 9-ball when the 8-ball was still on the table. That situation gave second life to Matikainen who hung in there and kept his nerves under control. He made shot after shot and forced Kaplan into a hill-hill match at 7:7. With Kaplan’s break shot coming up, the Polish again had the better odds. He pocketed a ball on his break shot but could not really use the position he found for the 1-ball. He attempted to play a push-out but the result was very poor. Matikainen accepted the table, ran it and advance into the semi-finals tomorrow where he will face Joao Grilo (POR) who won 8:5 over Mariusz Skoneczny (POL).
 
One round earlier, Thorsten Hohmann (GER) eliminated the defending Champion Joshua „Killer“ Filler (GER) from the field, winning with 8:7 over the newly crowned US Open Champion.
 
In the women’s division, one semi-final will be the clash between the  two most dominating athletes in European women’s pool, Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) versus Kristina Tkach (RUS). Both of them won their quarter-final matches but Tkach took the straight way into the semi-final while Ouschan had lost one match and needed to come back over the loser’s side. The other semi-final will take place between Christine Feldmann (SUI) and Tamara Peeters-Rademakers (NED) who already took a silver medal in straight pool on Sunday.
 
In the wheelchair division, Henrik Larsson managed to overcome his long-time rival, defending Champion Jouni Tahti (FIN) with 6:5 to proceed into the semi-final of the wheelchair division. The other semi-final will be played between unheralded Kaspars Turks (LAT) and favoured Fred Dinsmore (IRL).
 
The semi-final matches in all disciplines will be played at 18:00 CET with the final matches to follow at 20:00 CET.
 
Men:
Thorsten Hohmann GER v Mieszko Fortunski POL
Casper Matikainen FIN v Joao Grilo POR
 
Women:
Christine Feldmann SUI v Tamara Peeters-Rademakers NED
Jasmin Ouschan AUT v Kristina Tkach RUS
Wheelchair:
 
Henrik Larsson SWE v Tony Southern GBR
Kaspars Turks LAT v Fred Dinsmore IRL
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 for men, women, U23 and wheelchair athletes will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 8-ball individuals competition women and Under 23.
 
The Championships are played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be obtained at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.
 
The event is 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 www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

“Business as usual” for most favourites in Treviso

Left to right: Mario He, Wiktor Zielinski, Eklent Kaci, Denis Grabe and Albin Ouschan

The first day of the Dynamic Billard Treviso Open 2018 did not provide too many surprises.
 
#1 of the Euro-Tour rankings Eklent Kaci (ALB) had a walk in the park today. Smooth and easy victories over Finish young talent Micke Strom (FIN) with 9:0 and Wilhelm Georg (GER) 9:3 did not take too much of an effort from Kaci. The Albanian will meet Mariusz Skoneczny (POL) tomorrow at 14:00 in the winner’s qualification round.
 
Just like Kaci, Mario He (AUT) was not really challenged today. He played Germany’s Thomas Lindloff and delivered almost perfect pool. „I’ve barely seen such perfect pool“, stated Lindloff on his facebook page after the match. „Mario has not missed any shot until he was 7:0 ahead of me, including 4 jump shots.“ „What a performance from Mario!“ He will play Daniele Corrieri (ITA) tomorrow morning at 09:00 local time in winner’s round 2.
 
Albin Ouschan (AUT), Mario He’s teammate and friend, also did not undergo too much pressure today. He wasted no time against Eric Geppert (ITA) 9:1 and Michele Bianchi (ITA) 9:3 and will now join Kaci in the winner’s qualification round. His opponent there will be Radoslaw Babica (POL).
 
Wiktor Zielinski (POL), currently ranked #4 in the Euro-Tour rankings, was the exception to the rule today. The young Polish lost his opening match surprisingly clear against Germany’s Tobias Bongers with 4:9. On the loser’s side, Zielinski took down Jere Virtaranta (FIIN) 9:3 and is now up against Giovanni Di Martino (ITA). Zielinski will need to win many more matches to make his way to the round of the last 32 players single elimination. However, last year in November he demonstrated almost perfect pool here in Treviso so everyone knows that Zielinski is capable of coming back and far from being eliminated yet.
 
Denis Grabe (EST), who is currently on 5th place in the rankings, had two tough opponents today. In his first match, he had to deal with Henrique Correia (POR) who is always good for a surprise. Today, Grabe remained the upper hand and took the match 9:7 against the Portuguese senior player. Then Grabe went up against Imran Majid (GBR) in winner’s round 2. He quickly gained the lead in that match and achieved a 7:3 advantage over „The Maharaja“. Majid tried to come back but his attempt failed. After 13 racks, the match was over with a clear 9:4 victory for Grabe. The Estonian will now be up against Mieszko Fortunski (POL).
 
Friday through Sunday, EPBF will show two feature matches LIVE on the EPBF Facebook page. The complete tournament is shown on kozoom.com for premium pass holders.
 
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organised by International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  Play starts Thursday at 09:30 local time, for further information and reference please go to the federation website eurotouronline under the Eurotour tab. You can also visit us on our Facebook page or check out the EPBF YouTube channel for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Major setback for Ouschan in Klagenfurt

Miguel Silva, Albin Ouschan and Raoul Reichegger

Current Euro-Tour ranked #3 and former World Champion Albin Ouschan (AUT) got eliminated from the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open 2018 after two straight matches. That huge upset was performed by Miguel Silva (POR) and unheralded Raoul Reichegger (AUT).
 
Pressure took its toll on Austria’s Albin Ouschan. High hopes were dashed as quickly as they were imagined as Albin Ouschan went out on the first day’s play. Born in this beautiful town close to the Slovenian border, fans and the locals held their head with disbelief as he crashed out of the tournament after only two matches. First losing to Portugal’s Miguel Silva 7:9, then to his unknown Austrian counterpart, Raoul Reichegger with the same score line which means the Austrian hopes now lie in the hands of others.
 
Austria’s Mario He, #2 on the overall rankings also made the home fans sweat as he lost a match that seemed impossible to lose. Leading 5:0 and on the hill leading 8:5, it was all smiles but suddenly, the wheels came off as another relatively unknown Italian, Filippo Cataldi showed Mario how to kill a game off winning 9:8 and sending Mario to the loser’s side where he will play Friday morning 09:00 local time.
 
Eklent Kaci, the hottest property in pool right now and Europe’s current #1 ranked player made light work of Christoffer Lentz (DEN) 9:2 but faced a tricky situation against Italy’s Daniele Corrieri. Kaci was well behind several times in the match and never actually led at any stage until it came to the final rack. After dragging himself back to 8:8 it was a tense last rack with Kaci showing the metal that has served him so well of late allowing him the calmness to take this match 9:8. That result has set up a mouth-watering tie against another hotshot, Germany’s Joshua Filler starting at 14:00 local time Friday for a place in the last 32 single elimination stage of the event.
 
Niels Feijen (NED, the Dutch all-round weapon on the battlefield of slate, also had to suffer a defeat today. After taking down current European 8-ball Champion Bahram Lotfy (DEN) 9:6 earlier, he met England’s Imran Majid in winner’s round 2. That match was a thriller and fiercely fought over. After 16 racks, the scoreboard displayed 8:8. In the deciding rack, Feijen missed a long pot when he had to cue upon over the 8-ball in order to shoot the cue ball into the 3-ball. He left the 3-ball on the table for Maijd who took his chance and ran the rack to win 9:8 over Feijen. „the Terminator“ still has a chance to stay in the tournament by winning his matches on the loser’s side.
 
With the world 9-ball championship spots up for grabs and of course the Mosconi team points at stake, the top players are feeling the heat in their quest for glory and it will take a massive performance under these circumstances to prevail. Today, Albin Ouschan has lost big time in his run for a spot in those events since all of his rivals are still in the race for points.
 
Friday through Sunday, EPBF will show two feature matches LIVE on the EPBF Facebook page. The complete tournament on 20 tables is shown on kozoom.com for premium pass holders.
 
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organised by International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  Play starts Thursday at 09:30 local time, for further information and reference please go to the federation website eurotouronline under the Eurotour tab. You can also visit us on our Facebook page or check out the EPBF YouTube channel for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Treviso Open – Lechner, He And Ouschan All In The Last 16

Maximilian Lechner (AUT)

The Dynamic Billard BHR Treviso Open 2018 in Italy have been quite successful for the Austrian contingency so far. Three players have made it to the stage of the final 16 out of an initial starting group of 153 players.
 
Maximilian Lechner (AUT) is probably the biggest surprise of the group. He defeated Ante Sustic (CRO) 9:7 in his first match. Then, his way led him over Reda Belhaj (FRA) 9:2 before he had to give in 5:9 to Sergey Lutsker (RUS) in the winner’s qualification round today. But Lechner stood tall and won the loser’s qualifier with 9:7 over strong junior player Maksim Dudanets (RUS) 9:7. In the first single elimination round, when 32 players were left in the field, Lechner had to deal with Tomasz Kaplan (POL). The Polish is known to be a bit of a surprise box meaning that he has performed from world-class to low-class and everything in between over the recent years. Today, Kaplan’s performance was not good enough while Lechner found his A-game against his experienced opponent. 9:1 was the final result in favour of Lechner who will now play against fellow teammate Mario He (AUT) in the next round.
 
Mario He eliminated Michal Turkowski (POL) in his single elimination round match with a clear 9:5 result. The „third musketeer“ from Austria, Albin Ouschan (AUT) paved his way into the round of the final 32 players by ousting Ivo Aarts (NED) 9:6. In his next match, the former World Champion will have to face Wojciech Sroczynski (POL) who got the better of one of the last remaining local players from Italy Daniele Corrieri (ITA) 9:2.
 
In the EPBF BHR Treviso Open which will be launched tomorrow morning, 36 players have enlisted. Out of the top 10 players of the Women’s European Ranking, only Katarzyna Wesolowska from Poland is missing. All other women are here to try and get a shot at the coveted title which is at stake here in Treviso. Current leader of the rankings is Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) who wants to defend her position but opponents like Jasmin Ouschan (AUT), Kristina Tkach (RUS) and Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER) among others will not allow her an easy ride on her journey to glory. It will be interesting to see who will come out strong in the end.
 
Tomorrow, the event will continue at 10:00 CET with matches from the last 16 players single elimination. At 09:00, the women will start their EPBF BHR Treviso Open with first round matches.
 
Every day, two matches from the event will be shown LIVE on the Facebook page of the EPBF for free. All Facebook users may check out the high standard of quality which is provided for all the events and see what the Kozoom members receive all the time. You can see all the matches live via www.kozoom.com who stream the whole event on 20 tables on the internet LIVE. The FB live matches are announced on the EPBF Facebook page every day. Results and schedules can be found at www.eurotouronline.com  so why not come and check out all the LIVE action of the Dynamic Billard Treviso Open.
 
The event will be 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 www.eurotouronline.com  visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

The 2018 Dynamic Billard Eurotour Season Kicks Off With A Free For All

Wiktor Zielinski (POL)

There were new developments at the start of the European 9-ball tour as thousands of pool fans tuned in to watch Thursday’s matches on Kozoom and the EPBF facebook page. With the free promotion in full swing and a packed house here in Italy it was a great start to the 2018 season.

 
The last time we were in Italy in November 2017, the young Polish star Wiktor Zielinski claimed his first ever Eurotour title and he has made light work of the first two matches here today. First up was the unknown British player Mark Foster who started well but surely felt the pressure as he caved in 9-4. Up next for Wiktor was Slovenia’s Matjaz Erculj who is no slouch himself but after Wiktor raced into a 3-0 lead it looked plain sailing from there. Matjaz had other ideas though and hung on in there picking off the frames and as he got closer, the nerves set in for Wiktor. Matjaz pulled it back and trailed 7-6 but a little mistake let Wiktor take the spoils 9-6 and progress to the next round where another victory tomorrow at 15:00h will see him safely into the last 32.
 
Other notable results saw Austria’s Mario He also through and needing one more to book his place in the single elimination while the local heroes, Italy’s Fabio Petroni & Daniele Corrieri having to do it the hard way on the loser’s side. The talented Portuguese player Henrique Correia who is well known in the senior division with multiple titles was up against former world champion Oliver Ortmann. After a bright start, Henrique lost ground as Oliver put rack after rack on the board and eventually won 9-4 which sends Henrique to the last chance saloon tomorrow where he awaits the winner from Daniele Corrieri or Spain’s Javier Del Santo-Sanz.
 
Every day, two matches from the event will be shown LIVE on the Facebook page of the EPBF for free. All Facebook users may check out the high standard of quality which is provided for all the events and see what the Kozoom members receive all the time. You can see all the matches live via www.kozoom.com who stream the whole event on 20 tables on the internet LIVE. The FB live matches are announced on the EPBF Facebook page every day. Results and schedules can be found at www.eurotouronline.com  so why not come and check out all the LIVE action of the Dynamic Billard Treviso Open.
 
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