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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.

Helvik and Sini Take the Final Gold Medals In 9-Ball Individuals

Ricardo Sini and Ine Helvik

The titles at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors & Ladies 2019 9-ball have been awarded today. Ine Helvik (NOR) and Ricardo Sini (ITA) have snatched the last two remaining titles.
 
The final in the seniors 9-ball division was played between Ricardo Sini and Sami Karttunen (FIN). Sini had a furious start and ran away with a 4:1 score after 5 racks played. But then he started committing several unforced errors which brought Karttunen back into the match. After 9 racks played, the Finish was even leading 5:4 over Sini. Throughout the whole match, Sini had the better break shot but his easy mistakes almost cost him the match. He recovered after rack 9 and got back to his earlier shape, winning the match with 8:5 over Karttunen. This was mainly since Sini got the breaks right and Karttunen had some unfortunate scratches in the latter stage of the match.
 
Top 8 Seniors 9-ball
 
1. Ricardo Sini ITA
2. Sami Karttunen FIN
3. Reiner Wirsbitzki GER
    Murat Ayas SUI
5. Sascha Specchia SUI
    Tomi Ahonen FIN
    Sten Jaerledal SWE
    Mahmut Mutto SWE
 
In the final of the ladies 9-ball division, Ine Helvik met Susanne Wessel (GER). Helvik got off to a 3:0 lead and never allowed anyone to think that she was giving this lead away at any time. Wessel tried to recover but Helvik played too strong and too consistent for her today. 6:3 was the final result which brought the title to Helvik in the ladies final match.
 
Top 6 Ladies 9-ball
 
1. Ine Helvik NOR
2. Susanne Wessel GER
3. Ann-Sofie Lofgren SWE
    Karin Michl GER
5. Tuuliina Panula FIN
    Nicole Kaldewey GER
 
Final Medal table
RANK NATION GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1 GER 2 3 4 9
2 NED 2   2 4
3 SUI 1 1 3 5
4 ITA 1 1   2
  POR 1 1   2
6 NOR 1   4 5
7 SWE 1   2 3
8 FRA   1 2 3
9 AUT   1 1 2
10 FIN     1 1
 
 
That concludes the coverage from the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors & Ladies 2019. The next event to be covered will be the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open 2019, October 10-12, and the Predator Klagenfurt Women Open, October 12-13.
 
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.

Mutto over Peeters in Euro Seniors 9-Ball

Mahmut Mutto

Mahmut Mutto (SWE) ousted Rene Peeters (NED) in the round of 16 players of the seniors 9-ball at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors & Ladies 2019.
 
The match was a heartbreaker. Neither player was able to take control of the match and found themsevles tied at 7-7. Peeters had the break shot but he came up dry. A safety battle evolved with Peeters playing a good shot at the 1-ball. However, he mistakenly pocketed the 1-ball and had to play a safety on the 2-ball. Mutto hit it and left a tough shot for Peeters who tried to pocket it. He failed and Mutto took his chance to run the table, winning the match 8-7 over Peeters, booking his seat in the quarterfinal tomorrow.
 
Earlier today in the round of the last 32 players single elimination, Sascha Specchia (SUI) met Jesse Thehu (NED). That was a rematch from the straight pool finals last week, which was just won by Thehu. Specchia had a score to settle from that match, and in the beginning of the match it looked like he was on his way to do exactly that. He took the first 3 consecutive racks and came to a 3-0 lead without much effort. Rack four then went to Thehu. But Specchia dominated the match while things did not fall into place for Thehu. After 8 racks played, Specchia was on the hill with a nice 7-1 lead over Thehu. With one more rack going to Thehu’s account, Specchia ended the road for his Dutch opponent in the next rack and won the match with a clear 8-2 result. He advanced to the round of 16 players where he met David Larsson (SWE). In that match, Specchia had definitely more work to do but in the end came up with a nice 8-6 win which took him to the quarterfinals of the 9-ball individuals.
 
In the ladies division, Ine Helvik (NOR) and Susanne Wessel (GER) are through to the semi-finals. Helvik defeated Ann-Sofie Lofgren (SWE) 6-4 while Wessel overpowered Karin Michl (GER) 6-1. The other two seats for the semi-finals will be decided in the matches between Tuuliina Panula (FIN) v Karin Michl and Nicole Kaldewey (GER) v Ann-Sofie Lofgren. These matches will be played tomorrow morning at 11:00 CET.
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies 2019 will commence tomorrow morning at 11:00 CET with quarterfinal matches in the 9-ball individuals competition.
 
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.

Euro 10-Ball Titles Captured by Correia and Wessel

Susanne Wessel and Henrique Correia

The titles in the 10-ball competition of the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors & Ladies 2019 have been awarded. Susanne Wessel (GER) won the ladies event while Henrique Correia (POR) took the crown in the seniors event.
 
The final match in the seniors division between Henrique Correia and Timo Hofmann (GER) was determined by several uncharacteristic mistakes. Correia came out strong and went up 2-0, but then was plagued by multiple errors that Hofmann benefitted from. The German took the lead at 3-2 before he too, saw errors get the best of him. With three major mistakes in three consecutive racks, Hofmann gave the match away. allowing Correia to take racks which he should have won himself. Instead of being 6-3 in front, Hofmann found himself trailing 3-6 before he won another rack to get to 4-6. Then, in the 11th rack, both players disregarded an 8-ball in a precarious position. Correia missed the 7-ball, leaving it for Hofmann, but it was Hofmann who quickly discovered that the 8-ball could not be sunk in the side pocket. Hofmann missed a difficult shot and left 3 easy shots remain for Correia who used this chance to win his 11th title on a European Championship level.
 
Top 8 Finishers
 
1. Henrique Correia POR
2. Timo Hofmann GER
3. Didrik Vatne NOR
    Jorgen Nilsen NOR
5. David Larsson SWE
    Michael Stark AUT
    Reiner Wirsbitzki GER
    Sascha Specchia SUI
 
In the final of the ladies division, Susanne Wessel met Nathalie Rohmer (FRA). Wessel was favoured and it looked like she was living up to that expectation when she took a quick 4-0 lead over Rohmer. The nerves of being one game away from the title then seemed to get to her, as she missed important shots. In rack six, she missed an easy 10-ball which left the fans wondering if she would lose the match to her nerves. Finally, in rack seven, Wessel sealed the deal and cleared the table, winning the final match 5-2 over Rohmer for her 8th Gold Medal on European level.
 
Top 6 Finishers
 
1. Susanne Wessel GER
2. Nathalie Rohmer FRA
3. Ine Helvik NOR
    Karin Michl GER
5. Cristina Moscetti ITA
    Ortenzia Haefliger SUI
 
Medal table after 2 of 5 events
 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 GER 1 1 1 3
2 NED 1   1 2
3 POR 1     1
4 SUI   1   1
  FRA   1   1
6 NOR     3 3
7 AUT     1 1
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies 2019 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 9-ball individuals competition.
 
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.

Hofmann Through To Quarterfinals In Senior’s 10-Ball

Timo Hofmann (GER)

Timo Hofmann (GER) has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 10-ball individuals with a 7-3 victory over Espen Andersen (NOR)
 
Today, in the final round 16 players senior’s 10-ball competition of the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors & Ladies 2019, Espen Andersen encountered Timo Hofmann. Both players came into the match undefeated and had both displayed strong play in the event so far. Neither player will want this match on their highlight reel, as the pressure got to both players early in the match. Both players were guilty of mental errors and the match was deadlocked at 3-3 after six racks. Hofmann managed to get himself together first and that was the deciding factor as he found his stroke and consequently took rack after rack from Andersen who seemed a bit helpless at times. The Norwegian was not able to win another rack which meant that Hofmann sailed through to a nice 7-3 victory over Andersen. This victory booked the German a seat in the quarter-final of the 10-ball seniors which will be played tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET. His opponent will be Sascha Specchia (SUI), the runner-up in the straight pool competition.
 
In the ladies’ 10-ball competition, the two German players Karin Michl and Susanne Wessel made their way through the winner’s qualification round. Michl took down Ine Helvik (NOR) 5:1 while Wessel defeated Nathalie Rohmer (FRA) 5:2.
 
Later in the day, the team competition got started. One close match in the winner’s qualification round of the seniors was the encounter between France and Portugal. Sergio Silva took the first point for Portugal with a 7-1 victory over Betrand Deloriol in 8-ball. Then, both of the other matches went hill-hill at the same time. It was Henrique Correia who snatched the second and game-winning point for the Portuguese by winning his 10-ball match 7-6 over Michel Natali. 
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies 2019 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 10-ball individuals competition. The 10-ball finals will be played at 13:00 CET.
 
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.

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.

Fedor Gorst goes all the way

Fedor Gorst

Fedor Gorst (RUS) has just won the Dynamic Billard Treviso Open 2018 with a thrilling 9:7 victory over Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) in the final match.
 
It was Gorst’s first appearance in a final match of a Euro-Tour ever today. He made his way over elite players like Petri Makkonen (FIN), Mieszko Fortunski (POL), Ivo Aarts (NED) and Maximilian Lechner (AUT) into the final match. His opponent Mateusz Sniegocki had just played a really tough semi-final against his teammate Tomasz Kaplan (POL) and just sneaked over the finish-line with 9:8. So the clash in the final match was experience versus youth. Sniegocki has already three Euro-Tour titles under his belt and today was his fifth appearance in a final match. Gorst was the newbie. „I had nothing to lose really,“ stated Gorst after the match. „The odds were all in favour of Sniegocki so I could play my game and enjoy the final match“. It seemed as if Gorst was as calm as one could be. „I was nervous“, admitted Gorst, „but I managed to keep my focus on the match and not think about winning my first Euro-Tour title.“ The match was really tight with both players changing in leading the scoreboard. At 7:7, SNiegocki missed an important shot. That brought Gorst to the table who showed no mercy to the experienced Polish and ran two racks, winning the final match with 9:7. „Tomorrow I will probably be happy about my 2nd place today,“ mentioned Sniegocki after the final when asked. „But today I’m suffering because I had my chances to win the match“.
 
Top Eight Dynamic Billard Treviso Open 2018
1. Fedor Gorst RUS
2. Mateusz Sniegocki POL
3. Maximilian Lechner AUT
    Tomasz Kaplan POL
5. Denis Grabe EST
    Ivo Aarts NED
    Miguel Silva POR
    Joshua Filler GER
 
The new Euro-Tour rankings are pretty much dominated by Austrian players. Mario He (#2), Albin Ouschan (#3) and Maximilian Lechner (#8) have all conquered or defended a top ten position. Leader of the rankings is still Eklent Kaci (ALB).
 
Top Ten Euro-Tour Rankings
1. Eklent Kaci ALB
2. Mario He AUT
3. Albin Ouschan AUT
4. Fedor Gorst RUS
5. Niels Feijen NED
6. Alexander Kazakis GRE
7. Denis Grabe EST
8. Maximilian Lechner AUT
9. Mateusz Sniegocki POL
10. Wiktor Zielinski POL
 
Earlier today, the women started their tournament as well. The EPBF Treviso Open began with a big upset. Current #1 ranked player Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) lost her opening match against Monika Zabek (POL) with 5:7. Zabek was already up 3:1 and 5:3 when Fefilava took her time-out. When she came back, she played better and more focussed and managed to put some pressure on her Polish opponent. But Zabek kept her nerves together and put the match into her account when it was on the razor’s edge at 6:5. After that match, Zabek lost a heartbreaker with 6:7 to Ine Helvik (NOR). She then went to the loser’s side to play Elise Qiu (NED). In that match Zabek played up to her limits. After 12 racks, the score was 6:6. It was Qiu’s break shot coming up. The match was open but Qiu was not able to close the book. She missed the 8-ball and left a long shot for Zabek. The Polish pocketed both 8-ball and 9-ball and proceeded to the single elimination stage. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) wasted no time with her first opponent, Annika Nilsson (SWE). 7:2 was the clear result in favour of Ouschan at the end of the match. Then she went on and handed the same defeat to her next opponent, Ewa Bak (POL). That victory put Ouschan through to the single elimination stage. She is joined there by current #2 of the Euro-Tour rankings, Kristina Tkach (RUS). In former times, Tkach had less problems to go into the single elimination stage. Today, she found two worthy opponents in Tamara Peeters (NED) and Vania Franco (POR). Tkach was still a bit better than these two and won both matches 7:4 and 7:5 to go to the single elimination stage.
 
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.
 
That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard Treviso Open 2018. Tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET, the EPBF Treviso Open, will continue with matches of the last 16 players single elimination.
 
The event is 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 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.

Jasmin Ouschan completes double triumph for Austria in Klagenfurt

Jasmin Ouschan, winner of the EPBF Klagenfurt Open 2018

Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) just won her 16th Euro-Tour tournament title in her hometown, Klagenfurt in Austria. She defeated Ana Gradisnik (SLO) 7:4 in the final match of the EPBF Klagenfurt Open.
 
Once again, Jasmin Ouschan dominated the field at a women’s Euro-Tour tournament. It is always special for her to perform in her hometown in front of her home crowd. But nonetheless, she demonstrated pool in high class quality. She smashed all of her opponents on her way into the final with the exception of Kateryna Polovinchuk (UKR) who took Ouschan to the limit. Polovinchuk demanded everything from Ouschan and got to hill-hill when Ouschan kept her nerves together and took the match against Polovinchuk. Ana Gradisnik on the other hand had some tough struggles to survive on her way into the final match. Like Ouschan, Gradisnik was undefeated but with Sandra Baumgartner (AUT) and Kristina Tkach (RUS) she had to deal with two extreme powerful opponents. However, today she took care of them and made it into the final match against favoured Ouschan.
 
The final match started as expected. Ouschan gained the upper hand in the early stage of the match and Gradisnik did not have too much to oppose to her stable and solid performance. After six racks, Ouschan had a comfortable 5:1 lead over Gradisnik. But then the Slovenian started a little comeback. Ouschan could not finish the match and Gradisnik made use of the opportunities that she was given. After ten racks, the scoreboard displayed 6:4 in favour of Ouschan and the heat was on for the local player. But Ouschan is so experienced that she knows how to handle heat and pressure. She played her style and took rack #11 to win her hometown tournament, the EPBF Klagenfurt Open 2018 with 7:4 over a tough opponent Ana Gradisnik.
 
„I did not have the best start into the match“, stated Ouschan after the match, „but I stayed calm and got back into the match by finding my rhythm and staying cool“. „There was a stage in the match when I kind of lost my focus,“ Ouschan admitted, „since I had a long day and I am very happy that I was able to overcome that stage and get back into gear to be able to take this title and keep it here in Klagenfurt.“
 
Top Eight Finishers
1. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
2. Ana Gradisnik SLO
3. Vania Franco POR
    Kristina Tkach RUS
5. Tina Vogelmann GER
    Kateryna Polovinchuk UKR
    Marharyta Fefilava BLR
    Christine Feldmann SUI
 
Euro-Tour Rankings Women
1. Marharyta Fefilava BLR
2. Kristina Tkach RUS
3. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
4. Oliwia Czuprynska POL
5. Ana Gradisnik SLO
6. Natalia Seroshtan RUS
7. Kateryna Polovinchuk UKR
8. Tina Vogelmann GER
9. Pia Filler GER
10. Ine Helvik NOR
 
That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open 2018. Tomorrow, the EPBF Klagenfurt Open 2018 for Women will continue at 10:00 with matches from the last 16 players single elimination.
 
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.

Tkach takes Braga Open 2018

Kristina Tkach (RUS) (Photo courtesy of Alison Chang)

Kristina Tkach (RUS) won the Braga Open 2018 with a 7:0 whitewash in the final over Marharyta Fefilava (BLR). The Braga Open Women’s Euro-Tour was organised for the 6th and final time by Sara Rocha (POR) who is a regular on women’s events and European Championships for many years now. Over the last 6 years, the European women have enjoyed the tournament and its surroundings very much and appreciate the event a lot.
 
The #1 and #2 player from the Women’s Euro-Tour ranking. Both of them had a remarkable way into the final match. Fefilava did not really experience too much resistance on her journey. She eliminated two local players 7:1 and 7:0 before she met Sara Rocha who also was local but is a regular on the women’s tour. Fefilava remained the upper hand in that match and won it 7:3. After that, Fefilava defeated Yvonne Ullmann-Hybler (GER) 7:1 and in the semi-final Pia Filler (GER) with 7:4. Her way into the final match was overall smooth sailing for Fefilava. On the other side of the draw, Kristina Tkach had some tough struggles to survive. She also had two victories over two local players before she encountered Ewa Bak (POL) in her third match. That match saw 12 racks with Tkach standing tall at 7:5 in the end. After that, Tkach even had to go over the full distance. She just managed to get her foot over the finish line earlier than opponent Tina Vogelmann (GER) and won the match with the closest of all results, 7:6. In the semi-final, Tkach ousted Ine Helvik (NOR) with 7:3. With these results under their belts, Fefilava and Tkach met in the final match. A fierce fight and close encounter was expected by all spectators. But to the shock of all spectators, Fefilava could not get a foot on the ground in the final match. Tkach dominated the set and showed no mercy to her opponent who could not find a valid way to break Tkach’s flow. In the end, the final match was a „one-girl-show“ with Kristina Tkach winning the match and the title with 7:0.
 
Another remarkable result was the 9th place for unheralded Elena Urquijo (ESP). She fought her way through the loser’s side and had to give in to Ine Helvik with 2:7 in the round of the last 16 players single elimination.
 
In the Women’s Euro-Tour Rankings, Fefilava still remains #1 player being 50 points ahead of #2 Tkach. #3 is Oliwia Czuprynska who is filled by #4, Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) who chose to not play the events in Portugal this year.
 
Top Eight Finishers
1. Kristina Tkach RUS
2. Marharyta Fefilava BLR
3. Ine Helvik NOR
    Pia Filler GER
5. Yvonne Ullmann-Hybler GER
    Oliwia Czuprynska POL
    Kristina Zlateva BUL
    Tina Vogelmann GER
 
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