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High Quality Matches in Junior 14.1

In the juniors division, last year’s most successful player Joshua Filler (GER) played for the first time just coming out of the pupils. His play was as strong as it used to be. The young German who also participates in the men’s Euro-Tour at times won all his matches today with clear results. He defeated Patryk Statkiewicz (POL) 100:28, Andreas Madsen (DEN) 100:47, Klemen Gradisnik (SLO) 100:44 and in the quarter-final match Pawel Kaczmarek (POL) 100:26 even. He will meet Tian Zhang (SWE) in tomorrow’s semi-final at17:30 CET. Zhang surprisingly ousted Raphael Wahl (GER) in his quarter-final match with 100:82. The second semi-final will be played between Spasian Spasov (BUL) and Daniel Tangudd (SWE). In that match, Tangudd definitely is the player who could be regarded as the favorite. But Spasov has proven today that he should not be underestimated by any opponent in this event. He lost his first match with Klemen Gradisnik (SLO) 76:100 but then started his crusade on the loser’s side. Victories over Dylan Vyvey (BEL) 100:83, Clemens Schober (AUT) 100:80 and Oliver Szolnoki (HUN) in the quarter-final with 100:77 demonstrate that Spasov definitely also is a factor to calculate with. On paper, Tangudd and Filler are the players who can be regarded as favorites for the semi-final matches.


In the pupils division, the defending Champion was not playing this year. Joshua Filler (GER), who won the title last year in Sarajevo and reached the age limit this year. However, there were still some brilliant players in the pupils division. One of them was Maksim Dudanets (RUS). The young Russian started at a very young age. He is 16 years by now and therefore eligible to still compete in the pupils. And he had a good day today. He won four straight matches in a row. In his first round appearance, he defeated Osman Sanlisoy (TNC) with 75:54. In the next round, Emil Bjorkmann (NOR) was his next victim with 75:17. It seemed as if Dudanets would get stronger during the competition. In the winner’s qualification round, he sent Frederico Amendola (ITA) to the loser’s side. Then, in the quarter-final match, he eliminated Nicolas Georgopoulos (GER) with 75:25. Dudanets will face Cyriel Ledoux (NED) tomorrow in the semi-final match which will be played at17:30 CET.


The other semi-final match will be played between Patrick Hofmann (GER) and Daniel Maciol (POL). Both players had four straight wins and the match is looking promising to become quite intense.


The Dynamic Billard European Youth Championships 2014 will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches of the 10-ball individuals. Later on in the afternoon, the straight pool semi-finals will be played with the finals scheduled for 19:30 CET.


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Seroshtan Makes it to the Gold Medal Match

Andrey Seroshtan

8-ball down to finals

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: Andrey Seroshtan (RUS) defeated Tian Zhang (SWE) with 7:4 in the semi-final of the junior's division at the Dynamic Billard EPBF European Championship Youth.


Both contestant started out at even strength. They punished the mistakes from their respective opponent without mercy. This went on until the ninth rack. The score wa s 4 : 4 a n d b o t h p l a y e r s performed at a high quality level. Seroshtan broke rack number nine and cleared all balls, taking a 5:4 lead. Then it was Zhang's turn to break. But unfortunately for the young Swede he scratched. Seroshtan picked up the cue ball and cleared the table again, getting on the hill with 6:4. Zhang knew that any further mistake could be the end for him. Rack number eleven was opened by Seroshtan. He did not make any ball off the break shot. A perfect opportunity for Zhang to get the rack back from Seroshtan. But Zhang missed an important shot and allowed Seroshtan back into the table. Seroshtan played as cold as ice and cleared the table to book himself a seat in the final match of the junior's 8-ball division. In the final, he will play Daniel Tangudd (SWE) who eliminated Maciej Witkowski (POL) with 7:4 in the other semi-final.


In the girl's division, Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) expectedly defeated Ana Gradisnik (SLO) with 5:3. Her sister Diana Khodjaeva (BEL) tried to follow her example but she failed, losing her semi-final match to Germany's Veronika Ivanovskaia with 3:5.


In the pupil's division, favored player Joshua Filler (GER) left no chance for Maksim Dudanets (RUS) and won the match with 6:3. His opponent in the final will be Oliver Szolnoki (HUN) who defeated Andreas Madsen (DEN) with 6:4. Szolnoki can be regarded as the underdog in that final.


The final matches in 8-ball will begin at 20:15 CET.


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Khodjaeva too good for Czuprynska at European Juniors

Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL)

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: In the girl's 10-ball competition, Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) clearly overcame Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) with 5:3.
It was the clash of two Word Champions. Czuprynska, World 9-Ball Champion girl's division in 2011, took on Kamila Khodjaeva, the current and reigning World 9-Ball Champion in the girl's division. They also still had a score to settle. In the final match of the last World Championships, Khodjaeva wiped the floor with Czuprynska and terminated her 7:0. It was obvious that the likable Polish girl wanted her revenge for that. Maybe that was the reason why she was unusually nervous in the match. She missed extremely many balls according to her lights. She was probably not able to handle the pressure she had put on herself before the match. While Khodjaeva also had a bad start – both girls missed three shots each in the first rack alone – the Belgian recovered quickly and soon played near her usual standard. After Czuprynska had taken the first rack, Khodjaeva shifted into overdrive and took the next four consecutive racks. That put her on the hill with 4:1. Czuprynska seemed to be a bit helpless at the table. In the 7th rack, Czuprynska broke the balls and scratched, leaving a relatively easy layout for Kamila on the table. Everything looked like Khodjaeva would take the match home with smooth sailing. But she unexpectedly missed the 7-ball. That gave second life to Czuprynska. She managed to put her nerves together and pulled two racks back from Khodjaeva. With the score being 4:3 for Khodjaeva, the pressure was on her side again. But the 8th rack brought the decision. Czuprynska played two bad safety shots which was enough for Khodjaeva to finish her with 5:3. Khodjaeva will advance to the single elimination stage while Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL)Czuprynska will have to try her luck on the loser's side of the flowchart.
Other notable results from today's 10-ball competition include defending pupil's 10-ball and newly crowned straight pool Champion Joshua Filler (GER) smashing Italy's Paolo Prosdocimo with 6:1. One of the local heroes, Bosnia's Sanjin Pehlivanovic threw Mehmetali Sözgen (TNC) to loser's side with 6:2 and continued on his way to try and claim a medal for the host nation. By a hair's breadth, Sergey Lutsker (RUS) defeated Can Salim-Giasar (GER) with 6:5. 
In the junior's division single elimination stage of the final 32 players, straight pool European Champion Sebastian Batkowski (POL) lost 3:7 to unheralded Tian Zhang (SWE). The "dark horse" from Turkish North Cyprus, Berk Mehmetcik, had an unpredicted tough fight with Alex Renard (FIN), which he was able to win with 7:5.
Today's matches will be 10-ball individuals until the 15:15 CET round. After that, the first team matches will be played.
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 or contact our press office.

Straight pool down to finals in Sarajevo

The semi-finalists: Batkowski, Lutsker, Heimsjoe, Cwikla, Andreuzzi, Filler, Zielinski

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: Both, pupil's and junior's division, are down to the final matches here in Radon Plaza Hotel at the Dynamic Billard EPBF European Championships Youth 2013.

In the pupil's division, defending Champion Joshua Filler (GER) delivered and outstanding performance. He outplayed Maksim Dudanets (RUS) in the quarter-final with 75:29. In the semi-final, he dealt with Dudanets' teammate Sergey Lutsker and handed him a 75:53 defeat. Filler will meet Krystian Cwikla (POL) in the final. The young Pole clearly ousted Daniel G.ttenberger (AUT) in the quarter-final with 75:15 and eliminated his teammate Wiktor Zielinski with 75:41 in the next round.
In the junior's division, Sebastian Batkowski (POL) rightfully deserved his seat in the final match. He just made it over Berk Mehmetcik (TNC) with 100:95 in the quarter-final. Then, in the semi-final he met Germany's Nino Andreuzzi who never saw a chance against Batkowski. 100:22 was the result that earned Batkowski a spot in the gold medal match. He will be joined there by Tobias Bongers (GER). Bongers, who lost his opener against Tian Zhang (SWE) made his way all through the loser's side. He crushed his teammate Sven Hagen with 100:41 in the quarter-final and went on to win the semi-final with 100:42 over Audun Risan Heimsjoe (NOR).
The finals in straight pool will be an affair between Germany and Poland. 
This is the line up:
Krystian Cwikla (POL) v Joshua Filler (GER)
Sebastian Batkowski (POL) v Tobias Bongers (GER)
The final matches in the straight pool division will begin at 20:30 CET.
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 or contact our press office.


Amazing comeback by Bongers at Euro Youth Championship

Tobias Bongers (GER)

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: In an exciting and thrilling encounter, Tobias Bongers (GER) came from behind and vanquished Tian Zhang (SWE) with 100:95.

In short: Zhang was the better player over a long period in the match. He committed less mistakes than Bongers and played rock solid while Bongers missed some important and easy shots. But his nerves might have played a trick on him. Being in the lead with 95:72, Zhang found himself with the balls spread open on the table after a break shot but no easy shot in front of him. He carefully examined the layout and went for a tough shot – and missed it. That brought Bongers back to the table. He was about to put a spoke in Zhang's wheel. At that point in time, one would not have thought that Bongers would be able to keep himself together and run the needed balls. But Bongers surprised the crowd. He rose to the occasion and made no more mistake, eliminating Zhang with 100:95 from the straight pool competition.
Other notable results in the junior's single elimination include Sven Hagen (GER) defeating Andrey Seroshtan (RUS) surprisingly clear with 100:53. Hagen then went on and also eliminated Bosnia's biggest hope Alen Muratovic with 100:61. "The dark horse" Berk Mehmetcik (TNC) is also still on track, beating Daniel Schneider (SUI) with 100:62.


In the pupil's division, Maksim Dudanets (RUS) extinguished all hopes of defending Champion Raphael Wahl (GER) with 75:44. 

The Dynamic Billard EPBF European Championships Youth will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with the 10-ball competition. The straight pool quarter-finals will be played at 16:30 CET with the semis and finals to follow right after.
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 or contact our press office.