Tough Matches, Luck and Misfortune in Sankt Johann

Mateusz Sniegocki

The second day of the Dynamic Billiards St. Johann im Pongau Open Euro Tour was once again full of action-packed matches.

Michael Schneider (SUI) faced Oliver Szolnoki (HUN) in the second winners round. After he already won 9:7 against David Larsson (SWE) yesterday evening, he wanted to continue his good performance from last night today. His opponent, Szolnoki, has been known as a dark horse since his youth. He often plays unspectacularly, but is also capable of top performances. You never know what you get when you face him. Today, however, Schneider was out of his league for Szolnoki. The Swiss kept the upper hand during the match and in the end drove the match home clearly with 9:6. Schneider is now in the winners’ qualifying round and will have to face Roman Hybler (CZE) tomorrow. The winner of the match books a spot among the best 32 players of the tournament.

Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) and former World Champion Oliver Ortmann (GER) also delivered a thriller. Both opponents did not give each other anything and the match was open for a long time. Sniegocki always had his nose a bit in front, but Ortmann managed to keep his foot in the door. After Ortmann had bravely fought his way back to 8:8, the last decisive game had to determine the winner. After a few safety shots, Ortmann left a long shot on the 2-ball for Sniegocki.The Pole took the measure and kicked the 2-ball on the 9-ball, which fell into the corner pocket. What a dramatic end to a passionately contested match.

The Dynamic Billard St. Johann i.P. Open 2021 will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches from the loser’s round.