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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.

9-Ball Titles Awarded At The Final Day Of The European Championships

Ouschan, Tahti, Gorst and Labutis

The last day of the Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 saw the finals in the 9-ball individuals in all four divisions. The titles were grabbed by Fedor Gorst (RUS), Jasmin Ouschan (AUT), Pijus Labutis (LTU) and Jouni Tahti (FIN).
 
Fedor Gorst had a thriller against Joshua Filler (GER) in the men’s 9-ball division. Both player performed tremendously well throughout the event and deserved their spot in the final match. Gorst was always ahead of Filler whose break let him down big time in the match. But the German  struck back whenever he could and kept the match open for a long time. Then Gorst got some momentum and went on the hill, taking a nice 8:4 lead over Filler. But one of „Killer Filler’s“ most important talents is that he keeps his nerves together and plays rock solid even when under fire. Filler took some racks off Gorst since the Russian himself had some problems with his break shot in the latter part of the match. Filler even got to the hill and created an 8:8 situation. The heat was on for both players with Gorst having the break shot. He had 2 balls down and an open layout. From there, Filler never got back to the table and Gorst sneaked past the winning line, taking the match with 9:8 over brave Filler.
 
Top 8 9-ball Men
1. Fedor Gorst RUS
2. Joshua Filler GER
3. Tomasz Kaplan POL
    Kim Laaksonen FIN
5. Edmond Zaja ALB
    Ruslan Chinakhov RUS
    Zoran Svilar SRB
    Mario He AUT
 
The women’s final match between Jasmin Ouschan and Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) turned into a demolition for the Russian. Ouschan determined the match from the start to her liking and Seroshtan could not get a foot on the floor. Having in mind that Ouschan was far below her expectations during this championship, she played up to her standard in the final match and handed a whitewash to Seroshtan with 7:0.
 
Top 8 9-ball Women
1. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
2. Nataliya Seroshtan RUS
3. Vivien Schade GER
    Ana Gradisnik SLO
5. Elise Qiu NED
    Veronika Ivanovskaia GER
    Oliwia Czuprynska POL
    Kristina Zlateva BUL
 
In the Under 23 division, Pijus Labutis was the favoured player over Oliver Szolnoki since he had already taken a title in 8-ball earlier this week. Though Szolnoki performed quite convincing, Labutis was a bit ahead of him because of his focus being set on another title. 9:7 was the final result that brought the second title for Labutis for this week.
 
Top 8 9-ball Under 23
1. Pijus Labutis LTU
2. Oliver Szolnoki HUN
3. Casper Matikainen FIN
    Aleksa Pecelj SRB
5. Vitaliy Patsura UKR
    Osman Sanlisoy TNC
    Samet Degirmanci TUR
    Jan Van Lierop NED
 
In the wheelchair division, all-time favoured Jouni Tahti wasted no time with his opponent Fred Dinsmore. He simply outplayed the Irish and took the match pretty easy with 7:1.
 
Top 8 9-ball Wheelchair
1. Jouni Tahti FIN
2. Fred Dinsmore IRL
3. Matej Brajkovic SLO
    Tony Southern GBR
5. Kurt Deklerck BEL
    Henrik Larsson SWE
    Leszek Blumczynski POL
    Roy Kimberley GBR
 
The final medal table displays Russia as the winner of the event, having won 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals. Runner-Up is Poland with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals with Finland coming in third with 2 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal and 3 Bronze medals.
 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. RUS 3 2 2 7
2. POL 2 1 4 7
3. FIN 2 1 3 6
4. LTU 2     2
5. AUT 1 2 2 5
6. POR 1   1 2
  SUI 1   1 2
  SWE 1   1 2
9. ALB 1     1
  ESP 1     1
11. GER   3 3 6
12. GBR   1 3 4
13. IRL   1 1 2
  NED   1 1 2
15. HUN   1   1
  LAT   1   1
  UKR   1   1
18. BLR     2 2
  SLO     2 2
20. BIH     1 1
  BUL     1 1
  FRA     1 1
  SRB     1 1
 
That concludes the coverage of the 2019 Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women, Under 23 and Wheelchair Athletes from Treviso, Italy. We will be back tomorrow with more news from the upcoming Euro-Tour events for Men and Women.
 
The Championships were 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.

9-Ball Individuals Displayed Close Matches

Joshua Filler (left), Kelly Fisher (center) and Darya Siranchuk

In the 9-ball individuals of the Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships 2018 at the NH Conference Centre Koningshof, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, many close results determined today’s matches.
 
In the round of the last 64 men single elimination, defending Champion Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) was ousted all of a sudden by unheralded Ferdi Ozdemir (TUR). The Turkish the went on and had a fierce fight with Konrad Juszczyszyn (POL) where he was defeated with 7:9. Other remarkable results from today’s 9-ball matches include Marc Bijsterbosch (NED) smashing Alexander Kazakis (GRE) with 9:2. The same result was good for Joshua Filler (GER) when he wiped the floor with Niels Feijen (NED). While Bijsterbosch had a nice and easy 9:5 victory over Dimitri Jungo (SUI) in the next round, Filler needed to sweat against Marek Hajdovsky (CZE). After 15 racks, Filler was up 8:7 and it was Hajdovsky’s break shot coming up. He successfully executed a good break but had no clear shot on the 1-ball. He needed to come up with a good push-out. He did and Filler gave the shot back to him. Hajdovky played a very good safety and put Filler under pressure with that. Filler managed to hit the 1-ball but left an open table for Hajdovsky. The Czech kept his nerves together and cleared the table, turning the match into a hill-hill affair with Filler having the break shot in the final rack. Filler had a ball down and a tough shot on the 1-ball in front of him. There were no clusters or anything on the table but in order to pocket the 1-ball, Filler needed to bridge over the 4-ball and elevate his bridge hand very much. Filler decided to play a safety in that situation which probably was the better choice. A safety battle occurred with both athletes playing brilliant safety shots. Eventually, Filler came up with a shot that forced Hajdivsky to commit a foul shot. With ball in hand, Filler ran the rack and won the match by a whisker with 9:8 over a worthy opponent.
 
The women’s division was also played down to the final 16 players. Defending Champion Kelly Fisher (GBR) could not be stopped so far. She wasted no time with Helena Benjamin (SWE) and eliminated her with 7:3 from the 9-ball individuals. She will face Melanie Suessenguth (GER) tomorrow had stood tall against her teammate Tina Vogelmann (GER) and won 7:3 today. Ana Gradisnik (SLO) took down Ina Kaplan (GER) and advanced to the round of the last 16 players with a 7:4 victory. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) waltzed past Yini Gaspar (SUI) and handed her a doughnut with 7:0. Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) had a tough fight against Micha Beuriot (NED) and just made it over the finish line with 7:6.
 
Henrique Correia (POR), defending Champion in the senior’s division, is still alive in the 9-ball individuals. Though he had to take the detour over the loser’s side, he has ousted Piotr Kleinschmidt (POL) 7:0 and the Dirk Stenten (GER) in the single elimination round. Also Rustem Aygunlu (TUR) was no obstacle for Correia. The Portuguese won the match 8:2 and advanced into the round of the final 16 players.
 
Christoffer Lentz (DEN) and Ivan Galic (CRO) are probably the most promising athletes in the Under 17’s division. They are among the last 16 players of the field. Lentz took down Oskar Jamorski (POL) 7:3 while Galic made it with 7:2 over Sasu Hietamis (FIN). If they both win their next matches, they will have a showdown against one another in the quarter-finals.
 
In the Under 19’s, defending Champion Jan Van Lierop (NED) still stands tall and holds his position against all challengers so far. Today, his victim was German team Champion Alen Salic (GER) who lost with 5:8 to van Lierop. Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) made a clear statement when he overran Ragnar Gronsten (SWE) with 8:1. Wiktor Zielinski (POL) had some more work to do but in the end also joined the athletes in the next round by beating Dmitrii Shkudov (RUS) with 8:6. Jonas Souto (ESP) came out strong in the heartbreaker against Egor Trifonov (RUS) which he managed to decide with 8:7 for himself.
 
The „newest“ division of the EPBF, the Under 23’s, was already played down to the last 12 players today. The biggest upset was the elimination of last year’s runner-up and #1 seeded player Pijus Labutis (LTU). He fell to the sharp blade of Matis Saetre (NOR) with 8:9. Already in the quarter-finals are Samuel Santos (POR), Mark Magi (EST), Spasian Spasov (BUL) and Casper Matikainen (FIN). Their opponents will be determined tomorrow morning in the first round at 09:30 CET.
 
In the girls’ division, the favourites are still in the race for the Gold Medal. Probably the best chances has Valeriia Trushevskaia (RUS). She has already booked her seat in the quarter-final match. Together with Viktoriia Gurova (RUS) she has a pretty good starting position. However, 10-ball Champion Nina Torvund (NOR) and 8-ball Champion Darya Siranchuk (UKR) are also fighting for a spot among the last eight athletes.
 
In the ladies’ division, 8-ball Champion Barbara Bolfelli (ITA) had to forfeit her match for professional reasons. Defending Champion Ine Helvik, who has already taken the crown in 10-ball this week and defended her title there, is in the quarter-final, waiting for her opponent to be decided tomorrow morning.
 
In the wheelchair division, defending Champion Jouni Tahti (FIN) is fighting his way through the loser’s side. He just made it over Emil Malanowski (POL) in the loser’s qualification round with 7:6.
 
The Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships 2018 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:30 CET with the matches from the 9-ball individuals competition. The finals are scheduled for 16:00 CET. From 14:00 CET, table 1 will be broadcasted LIVE through Ziggo Sports Channel, the biggest Dutch sports channel and will show one semi-final and the final match. A discipline for the Live TV will be chosen tomorrow.
 
The Jubilee Championships are played on 60 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.

Tkach Draws First Blood In Treviso

Kristina Tkach (RUS)

Kristina Tkach (RUS) wins the first women’s Euro-Tour event of the 2018 series, the EPBF BHR Treviso Open, with a more than clear 7:0 victory in the final match over Marharyta Fefilava (BLR).
 
Probably one of her toughest matches was the single elimination round of the last 16 players when Tkach met Jasmin Ouschan (AUT). After having taken a 4:1 lead over favoured Ouschan, Tkach lost her momentum a bit and Ouschan got back to 4:4. „At that point in time I struggled since I know that Jasmin is playing in another world than most of us“, stated Tkach. But she kept her nerves together and turned the tide in the match. Ouschan could not capitalise from her break shot while Tkach pocketed what came in front of her on the table. In the end, Tkach was the deserved 7:4 winner. Then she encountered Germany’s Ina Kaplan. That match was easier for her than she thought and in the end she advanced to the semi-finals with a clear 7:3 over Kaplan. In the semi-final match, Tkach almost found her Waterloo against Ana Gradisnik (SLO). Tkach was almost there, being on the hill with a more than comfortable 6:1 lead over Gradisnik when suddenly the Slovenian started to pull rack after rack from Tkach. The heat was really on in that match when Gradisnik got to 5:6. But then, Tkach showed her coolness and brought that match home, winning with 7:5 and entering the final match.
 
The final match was a „one-woman-show“ by Kristina Tkach. Though Fefilava had won two events last year and played quite strong in her recent matches (7:3 over Kateryna Polovinchuk UKR; 7:4 over Helena Benjamin SWE and 7:2 over Christine Feldmann SUI), but in the final match she could not get one foot on the ground against Tkach. The whitewash she received in the final match was not a just display for her overall performance here in Treviso but it was a well deserved victory for Tkach.
 
„I really worked very hard over the past years,“ stated Tkach after the match, „and I feel I have gained from that and achieved a decent level of play“. „Winning an event like this is always a great feeling. I am very happy about my victory here in Italy“, added Tkach.
 
Top Eight Finishers
 
1. Kristina Tkach RUS
2. Marharyta Fefilava BLR
3. Christine Feldmann SUI
Ana Gradisnik SLO
5. Helena Benjamin SWE
Nataliya Seroshtan RUS
Melanie Suessenguth GER
Ina Kaplan GER
 
Even after her victory, Tkach is still on second place in the new European Women Ranking, lead by Fefilava with 80 points in front of her. Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) is on third place with Jasmin Ouschan coming in 4th.
 
European Women Rankings Top Ten
 
Marharyta Fefilava BLR
2. Kristina Tkach RUS
3. Katarzyna Wesolowska POL
4. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
5. Oliwia Czuprynska POL
6. Veronika Ivanovskaia GER
7. Kateryna Polovinchuk UKR
8. Melanie Suessenguth GER
9. Ana Gradisnik SLO
10. Nataliya Seroshtan RUS
That concludes the coverage of the EPBF BHR Treviso Open 2018. The next tournament of then Dynamic Billard Euro-Tour series will be Dynamic Billard Sankt Johann Im Pongau Open in April.
 
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.eurotouronline.com  visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Fefilava wins Women’s Euro-Tour in Portugal

Marharyta Fefilava (BLR)

Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) just won the Women Portugal Open in Braga, Portugal, with a 7:4 victory in the final match over Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL).
 
The young lady from Belarus had one of the best tournaments in her career so far. After a fierce struggle, she managed to take down Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) 7:6 in a thriller of a quarter-final match. Czuprynska was almost the clear winner when she missed an easy shot being 6:5 in the lead. Fefilava punished her without mercy for this mistake, winning that rack and running out the next to take the match. Then, she went on and defeated Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) 7:4 in the semi-final to book her seat in the final match against Wesolowska. The Polish made her way into the final match with victories over host Sara Rocha (POR) 7:1, then Ana Gradisnik (SLO) in the quarter-final with 7:4 and finally she defeated favoured Kristina Tkach (RUS) surprisingly clear with 7:2 in the semi-final of the event.
 
The final match was pretty much dominated by Fefilava. After a few problems in the early stage, she took a 4:2 lead over Wesolowska who took a time-out at that time in order to try and rearrange herself. It looked quite promising when she came back since she took the next rack and was only one rack away from levelling the match. But Fefilava played better and won another two consecutive racks to get on the hill with 6:3. The pressure was very high for Wesolowska now. She scored one more point but in the end, Marharyta Fefilava potted the deciding 9-ball to win the match and the tournament 7:4.
 
This was Fefilava’s second victory after the tournament in Leende in August this year , and with the points achieved she now leads the rankings of the Euro-Tour for women over Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) and Kristina Tkach (RUS).
 
Top Eight Players
 
1. Marharyta Fefilava BLR
2. Katarzyna Wesolowska POL
3. Kristina Tkach RUS
Nataliya Seroshtan RUS
5. Tina Vogelmann GER
Oliwia Czuprynska POL
Ana Gradisnik SLO
Kateryna Polovinchuk UKR
 
Top Ten Euro-Tour Rankings
 
1. Marharyta Fefilava BLR
2. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
3. Kristina Tkach RUS
4. Katarzyna Wesolowska POL
5. Veronika Ivanovskaia GER
6. Oliwia Czuprynska POL
7. Kateryna Polovinchuk UKR
8. Melanie Suessenguth GER
9. Tina Vogelmann GER
10. Nataliya Seroshtan RUS

Austria and Russia Take Gold Medals in Team Competition

Kaserer (Coach), He, Ouschan, Lechner, Seroshtan, Ruysink (Coach),

At the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes in the Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal, the Women’s Team from Russia and the Men’s Team from Austria have won the Gold medals in their respective division.

 

In the men’s division, Team Austria met Team Finland in the final match. The Austrians had ousted the strong Polish Team in their semi-final 2:0 while the Finnish have taken down Team Spain 2:1. The first point for Austria was in the books very quickly. Albin Ouschan won his 9-ball match over Kim Laaksonen 9:2 in just under one hour. That brought Austria the 1:0 lead. Then, Petri Makkonen rode the winning wave over Maximilian Lechner in 10-ball with 8:4. The 8-ball match between Mario He and Jani Uski had to decide. Uski, who just won the title in 8-ball earlier this week, was down 6:7 with Mario He being at the table. The Austrian cleared the table but lined the 8-ball which was lying in a cluster of balls up for a one-rail shot in the side pocket. He missed that shot and Uski got back to the table, cleared it and turned the scoreboard to 7:7. One last 8-ball rack was deciding about fame and glory. Uski had the break shot and perfectly executed it, having some ball down and a nice option to continue. He pocketed all balls of his group except the last one. He fell out of position since he tried to open it up with the shot before but failed to touch the ball at all. So he went for a safety attempt which failed completely. Mario He had one more visit to the table and used it. Cheered up by his teammates Ouschan and Lechner, He cleared the table and pocketed the last winning 8-ball, taking the title for Austria.

 

Also today in the men’s team competition, disciplinary action was taken against one player. Daniel Kandi (DEN) has over the past week repeatedly misconducted at the table by bashing balls and/or his cue on the table among other things. Said EPBF Sports Director Anamaria Matesic: „We definitely allow players to show emotions and we want to display our sport in all its facets, but we also require a certain level of behaviour. This was broken several times by Mr. Kandi so, after having warned him through a referee on different occasions already, I decided to impose a fine of 500,-€ on him. I hope he will learn from that and in future events will conduct accordingly so we can all work for our common goal to display our sports at its best“.

 

Top 8 Men’s Teams:
1. Austria
2. Finland
3. Poland
Spain
5. Croatia
Netherlands
Denmark
Russia

 

In the women’s division, the final match was played between Team Spain and Team Russia. After a heartbreaking shootout decision in the semi-final over Team The Netherlands, the Spanish team seemed a bit out of energy. Probably the semi-final took too much out of them. On the other hands, Team Russia sailed into the final match with a nice and clear 2:0 victory over Team Switzerland. In the final, Nataliya Seroshtan finished Mayte Ropero 6:1 in 8-ball while Kristina Tkach left no chance for Amalia Matas and won her 9-ball match 7:5.

 

Top 8 Women’s Teams:
1. Russia
2. Spain
3. Netherlands
Switzerland
5. France
Poland
7. Germany
Sweden

 

Medal Table after 4 of 5 events:

 

The team competition ties the Finnish and the Dutch Team for first place in the medal ranking. They both still have promising players in the 9-ball individuals so it will be interesting to see who will be the overall winning nation tomorrow after the last ball has been pocketed.

 

Earlier today, a few rounds of 9-ball individuals were played. In the men’s division, the tournament is down to the round of the last 64 players single elimination. Here, Christian Sparrenloev-Fischer (SWE) had a tough fight with defending Champion Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP). The match went hill-hill at 8:8 with Fischer breaking the final rack. He executed a very powerful break and had the 1-ball and the 5-ball pocketed, having a long thin cut on the 2-ball. He went for it, missed it but got extremely lucks since the cue ball hid behind the 7-ball, making it hard for Sanchez to come up with a decent answer. The Spaniard tried to hit the 2-ball rail first and successfully did so. However, the cue ball scratched and that brought Fischer back to the table with ball in hand. Sparrenloev-Fischer used his chance and luckily took the match with 9:8 over Sanchez, advancing to the round of the last 32 players while Sanchez is eliminated out of the 9-ball individuals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes in the Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal. Also in the round of the last 64 men, Marco Teutscher (NED) ousted the current 9-ball World Champion Albin Ouschan (AUT) quite clearly with 9:4. In an encounter of two very experienced players, Niels „The Terminator“ Feijen (NED) defeated Stephan Cohen (FRA) by a whisker with 9:8. Daniele Corrieri (ITA) ended Mario He’s (AUT) hope for a title in 9-ball this year with a deserved and clear 9:3 result. Joining Mario He in the group of eliminated players is David Alcaide (ESP). His destiny was sealed by Denis Grabe (EST) with 9:7.

 

In the women’s division, the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes are down to the last 16 players single elimination. Today, the loser’s qualification round was completed. Kristina Tkach (RUS) remained alive in the competition by smashing Monica Margeta (SWE) 7:2. Kelly Fisher (GBR) who surprisingly lost her opening match, has also made it to the last 16 players. She defeated Vania Franco (POR) 7:3. unfortunately for Fisher, she was drawn against Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) in the first single elimination round which will be played tomorrow at 12:00 GMT.

 

In the wheelchair division, defending Champion Henrik Larsson (SWE) convincingly made his way into the semi-final, taking down Matt Duffy (GBR) 7:1. The other winner’s qualification match in the wheelchair division was fiercely fought over. In the end, Kurt Deklerck (BEL) managed to get the better of Fred Dinsmore (IRL) by taking the match 7:6. This seems not be be Dinsmore’s Championships.

 

Every day, one match from the events will be shown LIVE on the Facebook page of the EPBF. 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 24 tables on the internet LIVE. The FB live matches are announced on the EPBF Facebook page around noon every day. Results and schedule can be found at www.europeanpoolchampionships.com so why not come and check out all the LIVE action of the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes.

 

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.epbf.com, visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Fisher, Tahti and Chinakhov Grab the Last Gold Medals

Fisher, Tahti and Chinakhov

At the 2017 Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes in the Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal, the Gold Medals in the 9-ball individuals have been awarded. Jouni Tahti (FIN), Kelly Fisher (GBR) and Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) are the title holders for the next year.

 

In the men’s division, Ruslan Chinakhov played against Ronald Regli (SUI) in the final match. Both players have somehow already achieved a huge goal by reaching the final match since the two finalists are automatically qualified for this year’s World Games which will be held in Wroclaw, Poland. Chinakhov’s way into the final match led over Niels Feijen (NED) 9:5, Daniele Corrieri (ITA) 9:1, Alexander Kazakis (GRE) 11:5 and Konrad Juszczyszyn (POL) 11:9. His opponent Ronald Regli terminated Artem Koshovyi (UKR) 9:6, Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) 9:7, Nick Van Den Berg (NED) 11:9 and Maksim Dudanets (RUS) 11:9 for his seat in the match for glory. The final match itself was high class by both players with Chinakhov simply being better than Regli. The Russian know how to use his chances and how to put extra pressure on his opponent Regli. In the end, the clear result of 11:6 was more than deserved for Chinakhov.

 

Top eight Men:
1. Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS)
2. Ronald Regli (SUI)
3. Maksim Dudanets (RUS)
Konrad Juszczyszyn (POL)
5. Daniel Tangudd (SWE)
Nick van den Berg (NED)
Alexander Kazakis (GRE)
Andre Lackner (GER)

 

In the women’s division, Kelly Fisher was here on a mission. Residing in the United States since several years now, she wanted to try and get her foot in the door to play at the World Games. In order to do so, she needed to reach the final. Her mission did not begin too promising since she lost her opening match and had to make her long way into the final through the loser’s side. Making it back to the single elimination, Fisher eliminated Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) 7:2, Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER) 8:2 and Ina Kaplan (GER) 8:5. Her opponent in the final match was Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS). She overpowered Yini Gaspar (SUI), Ine Helvik (NOR) 8:2 and Ana Gradisnik (SLO) 8:5 for her spot against Fisher. Like in the men’s division, both players have booked their spot for this year’s World Games by making it to the final of the 9-ball individuals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes in the Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal. The final match was quite unspectacular though. Fisher was way too dominant for Seroshtan today to have a real match going on. After 12 racks being played, Fisher came out as the clear 8:4 winner over Seroshtan, claiming this year’s title in women’s 9-ball in Europe.

 

Top eight Women:
1. Kelly Fisher (GBR)
2. Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS)
3. Ina Kaplan (GER)
Ana Gradisnik (SLO)
5. Vivien Schade (GER)
Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER)
Ine Helvik (NOR)
Kristina Grim (GER)

 

In the wheelchair division, the final match turned out a one man show for Jouni Tahti or, vice versa, a disaster for Henrik Larsson (SWE) who was Tahti’s opponent. Tahti creamed Larsson to the max and handed him a doughnut, winning the final match 7:0 over Larsson.

 

Top eight Wheelchair Athletes:
1. Jouni Tahti (FIN)
2. Henrik Larsson (SWE)
3. Fred Dinsmore (IRL)
Kurt Deklerck (BEL)
5. Matt Duffy (GBR)
Roy Kimberley (GBR)
7. Kim-Ronny Nygard (NOR)
David Himpe (BEL)

 

Final medal table after 5 of 5 events:

 

After the quarterfinal matches today, two players in the men’s and two in the women’s division were randomly drawn and brought for testing against doping. The EPBF is conducting anti-doping tests since many years now and will continue to do so in order to fulfil the requests from the international umbrella federations for a clean sport.

 

This concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes in the Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal. Starting Thursday, we will be back with more news from the upcoming Dynamic Billard Portuguese Open and Portuguese Women Open.

 

Tkach and Feijen Dethrone the Austrian Superpower Siblings

Niels Feijen and Kristina Tkach

Kristina Tkach (RUS) and Niels Feijen (NED) have just won the gold medals in the straight pool discipline of the Dynamic Billard European Championships in Albufeira, Portugal.

 

In the men’s division, „The Terminator“ Niels Feijen played an outstanding tournament. Having won the coveted title in straight pool already 5-times before, Feijen really had an incentive this time. His A-status with the Dutch Olympic Committee and therefore the funding for another year was in danger if he would not have made in into the last eight of the event. After having ousted Stephan Cohen (FRA) 125:3 in the round of the last 32 players, he met the defending Champion Albin Ouschan (AUT) in the next round. Ouschan was a very high obstacle that Feijen needed to overcome in order to get into the round of the last 8. But „The Terminator“ stood tall today and took down Ouschan with 125:88 after a firefly fought match. In the quarter-final, Feijen eliminated Jakub Koniar (SVK) with 125:46 without further problems. Even clearer was Feijen’s victory in the semi-final with Kim Laaksonen (FIN). He ousted the Finish player 125:19 and one could witness Feijen’s hunger to grab his 6th title in straight pool growing strong. In the final match, Feijen met Tomasz Kaplan (POL) who has also earned his merits in the past in straight pool. Today, Feijen was too strong for Kaplan. The Dutch turned the final match into a one man show and after one hour and ten minutes, „The Terminator“ sank the final ball for a 125:13 victory over Kaplan, having used only four innings to claim the victory.

 

Top 8 Men
1. Niels Feijen (NED)
2. Tomasz Kaplan (POL)
3. Kim Laaksonen (FIN)
Mieszko Fortunski (POL)
5. Jakub Koniar (SVK)
Miguel Silva (POR)
Andreas Roschkowsky (GER)
Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)

In the women’s competition, Kristina Tkach was up against the Austrian title defender, Jasmin Ouschan (AUT). Tkach’s way into the final looked quite impressive. In the round of the last 16 players she bested Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) 75:4. Then she marched on and triumphed clearly over Amalia Matas (ESP) 75:15. In the semi-final match, Tkach got the better of her teammate Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) and remained the upper hand with 75:57. In the final match of course, Jasmin Ouschan was awaiting her. The Austrian title defender started furiously and took a 39:-2 lead over Tkach. But the young Russian remained cool as ice and played her game whenever Ouschan allowed her to do so. And she got more chances than expected. Ouschan committed several serious and avoidable mistakes. Leading 61:45, Tkach missed the break ball and Ouschan got back to an open table. The audience and Ouschan were shocked when the Austrian missed the first clear and easy shot! Tkach thanked her in her own way by running the rack and pocketing the remaining 14 balls in order to win the match and the title 75:45. It’s Tkach’s second title in the women’s division after having won the 8-ball in St. Johann i.Pg, Austria last year.

 

Top 8 Women
1. Kristina Tkach (RUS)
2. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)
3. Tina Vogelmann (GER)
Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS)
5. Lousie Furberg (SWE)
Monica Margeta (SWE)
Amalia Matas (ESP)
Claudia Von Rohr (SUI)

 

Medal table after 1 of 5 events:

 

Tomorrow, the tournament will continue at 09:00 GMT with matches from the 10-ball individuals competition.

 

Every day, one match from the events will be shown LIVE on the Facebook page of the EPBF. 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 24 tables on the internet LIVE. The FB live matches are announced on the EPBF Facebook page around noon every day. Results and schedule can be found at www.eurotouronline.com so why not come and check out all the LIVE action of the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes starting Saturday 18th March at 09:00h GMT.

 

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.

Another One For Jasmin

Jasmin Ouschan

Jasmin Ouschan just won the Treviso Women Open in BHR Best Western Hotel in Treviso, Italy, with a 7:3 victory over Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL).

 

The final match started with an expected lead for Ouschan. Khodjaeva seemed to be nervous since she missed several possible shots. However, during the course of the match Khodjaeva stayed within close range to Ouschan and the Austrian suddenly started making unnecessary mistakes. When leading 3:2, Ouschan missed an easy 7-ball and allowed Khodjaeva to tie the match at 3:3. After having taken her time-out, Ouschan still seemed to be a bit off track. She missed shots and ran out of position. That all allowed Khodjaeva to keep the match open for a while. However, Ouschan turned out to be the stronger player today since Khodjaeva could not benefit from Ouschan’s mistakes as the match continued. Ouschan did not necessarily play her best pool but Khodjaeva was not able to turn the tide in the match. Finally, Jasmin Ouschan did not allow Kamila Khodjaeva any more point and took the match with a convincing 7:3 result over her opponent.

 

In the semi-finals, Ouschan had no problems with Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL). She dominated the table and took Wesolowska down with 7:4. Khodjaeva had some more work to do in that round. She wrestled down Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER) in a tough match with 7:5.

 

Another remarkable result from today happened in the quarter-finals. Wesolowska played Kristina Grim (GER) who just ousted favoured Kristina Tkach with 7:6 the round before and she was already leading 6:1 when Grim fought back. The German lady pulled back rack after rack from Wesolowska who seemed to not be able to finish the match off. After 12 racks, the score was even 6:6. Grim was at the table and had all balls in a nice layout in front of her. However, she missed an unbelievably easy 7-ball and left a tough situation for Wesolowska. The Polish took her time and went for a one-rail-shot into the corner pocket. She missed that shot but the 7-ball fell in the side pocket after two rails. What a shock for Grim after that brilliant comeback. Wesolowska excused herself, pocketed the remaining two balls on the slate and advanced to the semi-finals, leaving a disappointed Grim at the table.

 

Top Eight Treviso Women Open

1. Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)

2. Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL)

3. Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL)

Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER)

5. Kristina Grim (GER)

Ina Kaplan (GER)

Monika Zabek (POL)

Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS)

 

That concludes the coverage from Treviso. We will be back with more Euro-Tour action in February 2017.

 

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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.eurotouronline.com, visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Favorites Fall on Judgment Day in Tirana

Marcus Chamat

The Dynamic Billard Albanian Open provided with several surprises and upsets today already. One of the biggest upset was the elimination of World 9-Ball Champion Albin Ouschan (AUT) through "The Napoleon" Marcus Chamat (SWE) with 7:9.

 

At 7:7, the match was in the „hot“ phase. Ouschan’s break was up and the World Champion had a ball down but the break was illegal since only one other ball crossed the head string. everything was nicely spread on on the slate for Chamat was did not let this chance pass by. He cleared the table and went on the hill 8:7 with his own break shot coming up. Two balls disappeared in the pockets and the break was perfect. He could have gone all the way already but he played a bad position on the 4-ball. So he came up with a good safety shot and a no-chance position for Ouschan. The Austrian avoided a foul and left a tough but possible shot for Chamat. One more time, Chamat came up with a good safety solution. This time, Ouschan attempted a jump shot but did not pocket the 4-ball. Instead, he left a shot for Chamat. The Swede now cleared the rack and won the match 9:7, sending Albin Ouschan home.

 

But not only the current World Champion is on his way home already. Also the current Euro-Tour leader, Mark Gray (GBR) got terminated. He really received a whipping by Joshua Filler (GER). Whereas Gray was able to send Filler to the loser’s side yesterday afternoon with 9:5, today there was no chance at all for Gray. Filler played rock solid, self-confident as can be and smashed Gray 9:2. Filler will be up against Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) in the first semi-final of the day. Chinakhov overpowered Wiktor Zielinski (POL) 9:2 and then ousted David Alcaide (ESP) 9:5 to get his spot in the semi-final against Filler.

 

The other semi-final will be an all-Polish affair between Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) and Wojciech Szewczyk (POL). Sniegocki ended the hopes of Chamat 9:3 while Szewczyk remained the upper hand over teammate Konrad Juszczyszyn (POL) 9:4.

 

Semi-final lineups:

14:30

Joshua Filler v Ruslan Chinakhov

16:00

Mateusz Sniegocki v Wojciech Szewczyk

 

The final match is scheduled for 19:00 CET.

 

In the Albanian Women Open, Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) squeezed past Monika Zabek (POL) with 7:6 after having trailed 2:4 and 4:6 in the match. Seroshtan will play Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) who defeated Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER) 7:4. The other semi-final will be held between Diana Khodjaeva (BEL) and Kristina Tkach (RUS). Khodjaeva ousted Ina Kaplan (GER) 7:5 in the quarters while Tkach took down Ine Helvik (NOR) with the same result. The semi-finals will both be played at 14:30 with the final match scheduled for 17:30 CET.

 

Semi-final lineups:

14:30

Nataliya Seroshtan v

Diana Khodjaeva v Kristina Tkach

 

The Euro-Tour is 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 purchased 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.eurotouronline.com, visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.