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Brother and Sister Duel in the Euro-Tour

The Dynamic Billard Slovenian Open had a novelty today: For the first time, brother and sister met in the second winner’s round. We are talking about Jasmin and Albin Ouschan from Austria.

 

They both had a walk-over in the first round. Then, in the first winner’s round, Jasmin defeated Andrey Seroshtan (RUS) 9:5 while Albin overcame Michael Lichodziejewski (POL) 9:7. This brought the two together in winner’s round two. They started out quite equally. Then, Jasmin committed two mistakes which was enough for her brother to snatch the needed points off her, winning the match with 9:4. „When we saw we had to play each other, we had to laugh“, stated Albin after the match. „Jasmin and I have played each other in competition six or seven years ago for the last time“. When asked whether they would now have a tense time, Albin added: „No, I think all is good. After the match we talked about what we are going to eat for dinner tonight“. Albin Ouschan will continue in the winner’s qualification round tomorrow while Jasmin needs to seek her luck in the loser’s round.

 

Other remarkable results include Ralf Souquet (GER) losing to Karl Boyes (GBR) with 3:9 in the first winner’s round. This match was exactly the final match of this year’s Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open in April. Then, Souquet had the better end and won the tournament with a victory over Boyes. Today, the Brit prove to be the stronger player and advanced to the next winner’s round where he made short work of Adam Mscisz (POL) with 9:1.

 

Reigning World 9-Ball Champion Niels „The Terminator“ Feijen (NED) lost three racks today in total! He defeated Antonio Neves (POR) with 9:2, then Anthony Brabin (CYP) with 9:1. Strong performance as usual from the Dutch superstar.

 

His fellow countryman Nick Van Den Berg (NED) was not so lucky today. He lost his first match to Carlos Cabello Ariza (ESP) 8:9 and now has to make his way all through the loser’s side. This happened to van den Berg before, and he actually won the tournament so maybe this first round defeat was kind of a wake-up-call for the Dutch.

 

It can be viewed here that many players from the younger generation give the experienced players a hard time. Joshua Filler (GER) defeated Serge Das (BEL) with 9:6. Daniel Tangudd (SWE) remained victorious over former World Champion Oliver Ortmann (GER) by a hair’s breadth with 9:8.

 

Another player who should be taken a close look at is Marcus Chamat (SWE). After a break of one year for personal reasons, he shows his face back on the tour and seems to be as dangerous as always. He defeated Ivo Aarts (NED) with 9:4 and then Harald Stolka (GER) also with 9:4.

 

More information about participants, schedules, achievements, rankings, etc can be found on the event website www.eurotouronline.com

 

The event is hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion Foundation IBPF.

Jentsch wins Swiss Open

Dominic Jentsch, Event Organizer Marcel Frattini and Ronald Regli before the finals

Although better known for it's tennis tournaments, the town of Gstaad in Switzerland was all about pool for three days this week when some of the top European pool players came to fight for over 25,000 Euros in prize money.

At event's end, it was eighteen year old German Dominic Jentsch who earned the first prize. Surprisingly, Jentsch did not have to contend with either of the early event favorites, Ralf Souqet and Niels Feijen, as both were eliminated in the round of sixteen.

Jentsch's opponent in the finals, was the final Swiss hopeful Ronald Regli, who had a great tournament but was no match for Jentsch in the finals. Jentsch dominated the match with a 9-3 win.

Although the final match lacked any real tension, the crowd was treated to two very close semifinal matches. Marco Tschudi (Switzerland) led his fellow countryman Regli 7-3 before Regli made a great comeback to win the match 9-7. The other semifinal match between Jentsch and World Team Champ Imran Majid (United Kingdom) went to hill-hill before a costly mistake by Majid opened the door for Jentsch to score the victory.

Complete results from the event are available at www.gstaadswissopen.ch

Last 16:

Ronald Regli (Switzerland) – Niels Feijen 9:3
Marco Tschudi (Switzerland) – Ralf Souquet 9:6

Quarterfinals:

Dominic Jentsch (Germany) – Harald Stolka (Germany) 9:8
Ronald Regli (Switzerland) – Sascha Specchia (Switzerland) 9:7
Roman Hybler (Czech Republic) –Marco Tschudi (Switzerland) 8:9
Imran Majid (United Kingdom) – Dimitri Jungo (Switzerland) 9:5

Semifinals:

Dominic Jentsch (Germany) – Imran Majid (United Kingdom) 9:8
Ronald Regli (Switzerland) – Marco Tschudi (Switzerland) 9:7

Final:

Dominic Jentsch (Germany) – Ronald Regli (Switzerland) 9:3

Swiss Open Stage One Complete

The tournament venue in Gstaad

On day one of the Swiss 10-Ball Open in Gstaad, all of the favorites made their way to the final round. Four groups of about 20 players each competed with the the top four finishers qualifying for the single elimination stage on Saturday.

In Group one, it was Michal Gavenciak from the Czech Republic who had no problems winning two easy matches. His fellow countryman Roman Hybler, who actually lives in Munich/Germany, followed him only minutes later. On the one-loss side it was the third well-known player in this group, Vincent Facquet from France,  who earned his place in the single elimination stage by eliminating Harry Perathoner.

Whilst Englands Imran Majid unfortunately did not appear in Switzerland, it was young-gun Mario He (Austria) who was in the driver’s seat in Group two. Two very fast 9-0 and 9-3 wins let him go through to the final 32.

In Group three it was time for the Swiss players like Dimitri Jungo and Marco Tschudi. Both had no problems in winning their matches to make it to the final round.

Group four was dominated by German World Games Champion Ralf Souquet. He only lost three games in two matches, so it was a very short appearance by “The Kaiser” in route to his place in the final 32.

Harald Stolka, the former EuroTour Champion from Germany, had a few more problems but finally had the better end of a very close match against Rolf Hollenstein.

All results, livescore and livestream can be viewed on www.gstaadswissopen.ch