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Kaplan and Gindac Join Team Mezz

Ina Kaplan

Mezz Cues is pleased to announce that it has added two European Champions to their list of sponsored players.

German Ina Kaplan is a three time Women’s Euro Tour Champion and holds over ten career German National Championship titles in four different disciplines; 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball, and Straight Pool.
When reached for comment Kaplan responded, “I feel truly honored to officially represent MEZZ Cues. I’m over the moon that I can play with all the great equipment MEZZ is producing.”
While Kaplan was already using the Mezz “Ignite Shaft,” she was excited about going “All Mezz” with the new sponsorship. “I have to say it is the best equipment I’ve ever played with. I’m really looking forward to the next tournaments with my new gear and feel that my my game is in its best shape now.“

Ciprian Gindac

Joining Kaplan on Team Mezz is Romanian Champion Ciprian Gabriel Gindac.

Gindac has been active as a professional player in Romania for well over a decade and commented that he has been impressed with Mezz for all of that time. “I am a fan of Mezz cues from 10 years ago, so it is amazing to start a collaboration!” said Gindac. “I think Mezz quality is one of best in the world.”
Kaplan and Gindac join such notables as Mika Immonen, Jeffrey De Luna, Mario He, Jason Klatt, Donny Mills, Caroline Pao, Sarah Rousey, Petri Makkonen, Wojciech Szewzcyk, Mateusz Sniegocki, and Jeannie Seaver as Mezz Sponsored players
Visit http://mezzcue.com/en for more info.

Women’s VG 9-Ball Final Four Set For Wednesday

Kelly Fisher will face Yuki Hiraguchi on Wednesday

The first round of play in the single elimination final bracket of the Women’s Poison VG 9-Ball Championship is complete, and the final four players for Wednesday’s second round is now known. 

The first match of the day was between Germany’s Ina Kaplan, who won day three of the round robin stage, and Turkey’s Eylul Kibaroglu, who was the runner-up on day one of round robin play. The single elimination matches were a different format with players facing the ghost in alternating racks, racing to four racks ran. They played a best two out of three format match to determine winners. 

The first set saw Kaplan and Kibaroglu tied at 3-3, both needing one rack to win the set. Neither player saw success in their first tries, but Kaplan missed a 7-ball in the next rack and Kibaroglu ran out for the 4-3 win. 

Kaplan took an early 3-1 lead in the second set and then stalled, eventually holding on for 4-3 win. Kaplan still had issues in the third set and it was Kibaroglu scoring a 4-2 win to move on. 

The second match of the day was between day one winner Kristina Zlateva from Bulgaria, facing day three runner-up Kelly Fisher. 

This match was a true battle with both players tied at 4-4 in the first set. They then took turns breaking and trying to run racks to determine a set winner. They were both successful in their next attempts and were tied at 5-5. The next round went the same way for a 6-6 tie and then again in the next round for 7-7. One thing that the commentators Neight Mindham and Mark White both noticed in these racks was that Fisher appeared much more confident and was running racks with a lot more ease than Zlateva. That finally caught up with Zlateva in the next sets of racks as Fisher ran her rack but Zlateva was unable to get out and lost the set 8-7. 

The second set went a lot like the first, with both players tied at 4-4 and alternating to see who would fail to hold serve. This time, it was Fisher unable to get out and dropping the set 7-6. 

With the first two sets so close, fans in the stream were expecting another close set to determine the day’s final winner, but it turned out to be anti-climactic as Zlateva could not match Fisher’s run at 2-2, losing any control in the set. With the 4-3 lead, Fisher just had to break and run the next rack for the win and she calmly did just that for the 4-2 win. 

Wednesday play will see Fisher facing day two winner, Japan’s Yuki Hiraguchi and Kibaroglu taking on day four winner Margaret Fefilova. Those matches will see the ladies facing off in races to five racks against the ghost in the same “two out of three” format. 

Play begins at 9:00 AM Eastern Time and can be followed online at https://www.facebook.com/CueItUpPodcast

Ina Kaplan Over Fisher On Women’s VG 9-Ball Day Three

Day three of round robin play is complete at the Women’s Poison VG 9-Ball Championship, and day three saw another surprise as World Champion Kelly Fisher dropped her match against Germany’s Ina Kaplan 5-3. Kaplan played her best 9-ball when facing Fisher, running 52 balls in eight rounds of play, while Fisher only managed 40 balls total.

Kaplan is now guaranteed a spot in Sunday’s single elimination bracket, joining day one winner Kristina Zlateva and day two winner Yuki Hiraguchi. The top two runner-up finishers from the round robin stages will also make the single elimination bracket and Fisher’s record of fourteen racks ran on day three keeps her in contention for one of those wildcard spots.

Day two’s runner-up Wei Tzu Chien only ran twelve racks in round robin play and she is now eliminated from wildcard contention. Turkey’s Eylul Kibaroglu ran fifteen racks as the runner-up on day one and is now locked into one of the wildcard spots. Fisher will now have to sweat the final day of round robin play, hoping that the day’s runner-up doesn’t run more than fourteen racks.

Day four of this event will feature another all-star field of players with Margaret Fefilova from Belarus, America’s Mary Rakin, Japanese Champion Chihiro Kawahara and Germany’s Pia Filler.

All of the ladies will be competing in 8 racks of 9-ball against the ghost, hoping to run more balls than their opponent. The top finisher in the four player group will earn her place in the final bracket, with two wildcards who don’t win their groups also making the final bracket.

Play begins at 9:00 AM Eastern Time and can be followed online at https://www.facebook.com/CueItUpPodcast

Hiraguchi Advances, Wei On The Outside Looking In At Poison VG 9-Ball

Action at day two of the Women’s Poison VG 9-Ball Championship is complete and the first tiebreaker has determined who was advancing from a group. 

In Friday play, group favorite Wei Tzu Chien finished with a 2-1 record, after losing a match to Indonesia’s Angeline Ticoalu. Japanese champion Yuki Hiraguchi also turned in a 2-1 record, dropping her match against Chien. The tie-breaker was not “head to head” play though. The first tiebreaker was “racks won”, and both players had ran twelve out of twenty four racks. That meant the tiebreaker went to number of balls made, and that meant that Hiraguchi moved to the single elimination stage with 169 balls made, compared to Chien’s 145 balls made. 

In worse news for Chien, her score of twelve racks ran leaves her below day one’s runner-up, Eylul Kibaroglu from Turkey, who ran fifteen racks. With only two players earning wildcards into single elimination play, Chien will have to hope that no runner-up finishers from days three or four are able to run more than twelve racks. 

Saturday play will see another all-star group of players competing in round robin play against the ghost. The early favorite has to be World Champion Kelly Fisher, but Germans Ina Kaplan and Yvonne Ullmann, as well as Japan’s Miina Tani will do everything in their power to keep Fisher from advancing. 

All of the ladies will be competing in 8 racks of 9-ball against the ghost, hoping to run more balls than their opponent. The top finisher in the four player group will earn her place in the final bracket, with two wildcards who don’t win their groups also making the final bracket. 

Play begins at 9:00 AM Eastern Time and can be followed online at https://www.facebook.com/CueItUpPodcast

Ouschan secures first victory in 2020

Jasmin Ouschan

Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) secured her first victory in 2020 by winning the final match 7:1 over Aleksandra Guleikova (RUS).
 
The whole tournament was a demonstration of Ouschan’s superiority. She defeated all opponents with very clear results. Her first victim was Hannan Memic (BIH) who got beat 7:2. Then, Vania Franco (POR) received a 7:2 lesson from Ouschan in the winner’s qualification round. Yini Gaspar (SUI) and Kristina Zlateva (BUL) were next on the list. they both managed to win 4 racks before Ouschan closed the book on them. In the semi-final. Ouschan met Franco for the second time. This time, the Portuguese only got one rack from Ouschan to leave the event with 7:1, coming in third place. Franco had played a good event so far, defeating high class players like Oliwia Zalewska (POL) and Kateryna Polovinchuk (UKR). But Ouschan was in her own class. She went into the final match, having won all these matches with more than clear results. Her opponent, Aleksandra Guleikova, was not necessarily expected to be in the final match. But her decent performance throughout the tournament paid off and she has rightfully booked her seat in the final match against Ouschan. However, the final turned into a nightmare for Guleikova. The only player who was seen at the table was Ouschan. After 8 racks, the Austrian closed the book on the final match with an impressive 7:1 victory over Guleikova.
 
"I used this tournament as a preparation for my next events", Ouschan stated after the final match. "I was in the middle of preparations and this success shows me that I’m on a good way. My upcoming events are men’s tournaments. I will play Matchroom’s World Pool Masters and then I’ll go to Las Vegas for more tournaments", Ouschan added.
 
This victory puts Ouschan on top of the Women’ Euro-Tour rankings.
 
Top Eight Finishers Predator Treviso Open 2020

1. Jasmin Ouschan AUT

2. Aleksandra Guleikova RUS

3. Ina Kaplan GER

Vania Franco POR

5. Kristina Tkach RUS

Marharyta Fefilava BLR

Dina Fatikhova RUS

Kristina Zlateva BUL
 
That concludes the coverage of the Predator Treviso Open 2020.
 
The Predator Treviso Open 2020 were played in the Best Western Premier BHR Treviso Hotel in Treviso, Italy, on up to 21 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 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 www.epbf.com or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Top Four Ladies Present Themselves In Top Form in Antalya

Kateryna Polovinchuk, Ana Gradisnik and Kristina Tkach

The four top seeded athletes at the Predator Antalya Open 2019 presented themselves today in top form.
 
Kristina Tkach (RUS), the #1 seeded player has shown no mercy with her opponents today so far. First, she overpowered Aleksandra Guleikova (RUS) 7:1, then she defeated Sinem Kokten (TUR) 7:3. None of her opponents had a realistic chance during their respective matches. Tkach has booked her seat in the single elimination stage of the last 16 player which will be played tomorrow morning at 10:00 local time.
 
Tkach is joined by #2 seed Marharyta Fefilava (BLR). The Belarussian stormed off today to a 7:0 victory over Lynn Pijpers (NED) and 7:2 over birthday girl Yvonne Ullmann-Hybler (GER). Ana Gradisnik (SLO) and Kateryna Polovinchuk (UKR) were the next two seeded players who also took clear victories today. A remarkable fact is that out of the eight players who made it to the single elimination over the winner’s round, four are from Germany. Pia Filler, Melanie Suessenguth, Tina Vogelmann and Diana Stateczny (all GER) complete the list of the contestants who booked their seat in the round of the last 16 over the winner’s side.
 
The matches for tomorrow are:
Kristina Tkach RUS v Veronika Ivanovskaia GER
Pia Filler GER v Veronika Hubrtova CZE
Melanie Suessenguth GER v Ine Helvik NOR
Kateryna Polovinchuk UKR v Oliwia Zalewska POL
Ana Gradisnik SLO v Christine Steinlage GER
Diana Stateczny GER v Ina Kaplan GER
Tina Vogelmann GER v Tamara Peeters NED
Marharyta Fefilava BLR v Kamila Khodjaeva BEL
 
The Predator Antalya Open 2019 will continue tomorrow morning at 10:00 local time.
 
Every day, up to two matches will be streamed LIVE over the EPBF Facebook page and on the EPBF YouTube channel. Check for updates and announcements.
 
The Predator Antalya Open are played in the Limak Atlantis Resort in Belek, Turkey, on up to 20 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.womeneurotouronline.com or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Tkach and Ouschan on their way at Predator Klagenfurt Open

Kristina Tkach (left) and Jasmin Ouschan

The two top ranked players of the EPBF Euro-Tour rankings, Kristina Tkach (RUS) and Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) are right on track at the Predator Klagenfurt Open 2019.
 
#1 ranked player Kristina Tkach had no problems in her first match. She wiped the floor with her opponent Milena Murha (BLR) and easily won the match 7:1. Her second match was definitely more of a challenge. She faced Ine Helvik (NOR) and managed to overpower the Norwegian with 7:5 needing a lot more performance and action than in her first round match. Jasmin Ouschan had two walks in the park today. She took down fellow countrywoman Lena Primus (AUT) 7:2 and the Diana Stateczny (GER) 7:1 to book her seat in the round of the last 16 players single elimination.
 
Other remarkable results from today include Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) winning 7:5 over Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) with 7:5 in the first winner’s round. Then, Kamila Khodjaeva fell for Kristina Zlateva (BUL) with 3:7 in the next round.
 
Last 16 Single elimination
 
Kristina Tkach RUS v Diana Stateczny GER
Monika Margeta SWE v Lousie Furberg SWE
Veronika Ivanovskaia GER v Marharyta Fefilava BLR
Ana Gradisnik SLO v Pia Filler GER
Kristina Zlateva BUL v Ina Kaplan GER
Oliwia Czuprynska POL v Tamara Peeters NED
Melanie Suessenguth GER v Kamila Khodjaeva BEL
Jasmin Ouschan AUT v Monika Zabek POL
 
Tomorrow, the Predator Klagenfurt Open 2019 will begin at 10:00 CET with matches from the last 16 players single elimination. The final match is scheduled for 16:30 CET.
 
Every day, up to two matches will be streamed LIVE over the EPBF Facebook page and on the EPBF YouTube channel. Check for updates and announcements.
 
The Predator Klagenfurt Open are played in the Sportpark Klagenfurt Arena in Klagenfurt, Austria, on up to 20 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.womeneurotouronline.com or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Ouschan Completes Austrian Double Victory For The Weekend

Jasmin Ouschan

Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) has won the Predator Veldhoven Open 2019, the third tournament of the women’s Euro-Tour series, with a 7-4 victory over Melanie Suessenguth (GER).
 
What really made the difference between Ouschan and the other 59 contestants in this event, her second straight tour stop win, was her break shot and her playing intelligence. Though Ouschan is known as a strong shotmaker, she also knows when to go for a safety in order to achieve an even better situation. Her break shot is also much more consistent than the break shot of her opponents. On her way to the final match, Ouschan defeated Kristina Jaeger (GER) 7-3, Ewa Bak (POL) 7-2, Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) 7-1, Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) 7-1 and in the semi-final, Tina Vogelmann (GER) 7-3. Those results clearly show her superiority over the rest of the field in this tournament. Suessenguth made her way to the final match with victories over Diana Khodjaeva (BEL) 7-2, Kristina Tkach (RUS) 7-6, Ine Helvik (NOR) 7-3, Christine Steinlage (GER) 7-4, Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) 7-4 and in her semi-final, Veronika Hubrtova (CZE) 7-5. While most fans expected a clear victory for Ouschan in the final match, Suessenguth was a tough opponent and demanded everything from Ouschan. Tied at 4-4 after eight racks, Ouschan shifted into overdrive and took the match and the title, winning 7-4 over Suessenguth.
 
Top Eight Finishers
 
1. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
2. Melanie Suessenguth GER
3. Tina Vogelmann GER
    Veronika Hubrtova CZE
5. Kamila Khodjaeva BEL
    Kristina Tkach RUS
    Ina Kaplan GER
    Nataliya Seroshtan RUS
 
That concludes the coverage of the Predator Veldhoven Open 2019. Starting upcoming Tuesday, we will have the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Women.
 
The Predator Veldhoven Open were played in the NH Conference Centre Koningshof in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, on up to 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 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 www.womeneurotouronline.com or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Ouschan Conquers St. Johann Im Pongau Once More

Jasmin Ouschan

One more time, Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) won a tournament in her home country. In the final match of the Predator St. Johann im Pongau Open 2019, she smashed Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) with 7:1.
 
The final match started not so bad for Fefilava. She missed the 9-ball and almost gave the first rack away to Ouschan. But since she left a tough shot, Ouschan also missed and gave the present back to Fefilava who then pocketed the 1-ball to get a 1:0 lead. In the next rack, Fefilava once again missed an easy shot. This time the 3-ball hung in the corner pocket. Ouschan got to the table and cleared it in her special style, leaving no room for doubt or errors. Ouschan had arrived in her usual tournament mode. If a player wants to have a chance against Ouschan, one must play focussed in the beginning and use the chances that are given if any. Committing mistakes against the Austrian exceptional player is almost like surrendering. At 3:1 for Ouschan, Fefilava got to the table next time when Ouschan came up with an illegal break. After an exchange of safety shots, Ouschan committed a foul and allowed Fefilava to get to the table with ball in hand. To the horror of the audience, Fefilava hooked herself behind the 6-ball straight after her first shot. She was completely off track in that match. Ouschan stayed cold as ice and ran another rack for a comfortable 4:1 lead over a shaking Fefilava. The next time Fefilava got to the table, the score was already 5:1. Ouschan again had an illegal break. Fefilava ran all balls and again missed the 9-ball. What a drama for the player from Belarus! She made her way into this final with some great performances just to totally collapse in the final, not getting going at all in this match against Ouschan. Jasmin Ouschan however, stayed focussed and played her game, taking the title by winning 7:1 over a devastated Fefilava.
 
In the semi-finals, Ouschan defeated Sara Rocha (POR) after a tight match with 7:5. Fefilava took down surprise player Veronika Hubrtova (CZE) with 7:4. Worth mentioning are also the 5th place finishes of Monika Margeta (SWE), Ina Kaplan (GER), Tamara Peeters (NED) and Diana Khodjaeva (BEL).
 
Top Eight Finishers
 
1. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
2. Marharyta Fefilava BLR
3. Veronika Hubrtova CZE
    Sara Rocha POR
5. Ina Kaplan GER
    Tamara Peeters NED
    Monika Margeta SWE
    Diana Khodjaeva BEL
 
That concludes the coverage from the Predator St. Johann im Pongau Open 2019.
 
The Predator St. Johann im Pongau Open were played in the Sporthotel Alpina Alpendorf in St. Johann im Pongau, Austria, on up to 22 tables which were 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 was hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organised by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website www.womeneurotouronline.com or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Mario He Keeps the Trophy in Austria

Mario He, winner of the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open 2018

Mario He (AUT) just won the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open 2018 at the Sportpark Klagenfurt with a 9:8 victory in the final match against Mark Gray (GBR).
 
The final match was packed with thrilling shots and exciting strategy. Both players are excellent shotmakers and the final match was a collection of superb performance and high class pool billiards. With a few ups and downs for both players, the match came to hill-hill with Mario He being on the break shot. He fired the opening shot of rack #17 and to his disliking, no ball was pocketed. Gray got to the table and pocketed the 1-ball with a long and precise shot. He got to the 5-ball which was frozen to the 9-ball and thus not playable for him. He attempted a safety shot but left a long pot for Mario He. However, since the 6-ball and the7-ball were lying close together, he was not too afraid. But Mario He not only pocketed the 5-ball but also opened up the 6-ball and the 7-ball with the cue ball. He then elevated his cue stick and pocketed the 6-ball with a masse shot. The remaining three balls were just business as usual for the Austrian, who won the match 9:8 and took the title of the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open winner 2018.
 
„Mark Gray has never lost a final match in the Euro-Tour. He won 6 out of 6 until today. But that did not worry me too much since I knew that I could win if I can play up to me expectations“, mentioned a modest Mario He. On his facebook page, Mario He wrote: „I‘m over the moon and so happy to win the Euro-Tour here in Klagenfurt, my 4th Euro-Tour win and feels still same like the first one. Can‘t describe how the pressure, sadness, happiness in all matches and single moments were.“
 
After this tournament, Eklent Kaci (ALB) will still lead the Euro-Tour Rankings with 20 points over Mario He who is now in second place.
 
Top Eight Finishers
1. Mario He AUT
2. Mark Gray GBR
3. Marc Bijsterbosch NED
    Oliver Szolnoki HUN
5. Joshua Filler GER
    Niels Feijen NED
    Jakub Koniar SVK
    Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz ESP
 
Top Ten Euro-Tour Rankings
1. Eklent Kaci ALB
2. Mario He AUT
3. Albin Ouschan AUT
4. Wiktor Zielinski POL
5. Denis Grabe EST
6. Ralf Souquet GER
7. Alexander Kazakis GRE
8. Maximilian Lechner AUT
9. Marc Bijsterbosch NED
10. Mark Gray GBR
 
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.