Van den Berg Ousted by Kaplan

Tomasz Kaplan (POL)

Black day for Dutch Pool


Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: Nick Van Den Berg (NED), the Player of the Year 2012, has just been eliminated in the round of the final 32 players by Tomasz Kaplan (POL) with 8:5.

It was a black day for Dutch Pool today. Their Nr. 1 player Niels Feijen did not even make it into the single elimination stage. He lost 7:8 to Balasz Miko (HUN) in the loser's qualification round. However, there were still five Dutch players among the last 32, including 10-Ball World Champion Huidji See and Nick van den Berg. But it was not their day. Van den Berg had a mainly tactical match with Kaplan where safety play determined the course of action. Kaplan went ahead quickly and benefitted from some mistakes from van den Berg who committed two fouls in the early stage of the match. That allowed Kaplan to take a 6:2 lead. Van den Berg never recovered from that. He could get to 4:6 and 5:7 but in the end, Kaplan prevailed with his better safety shots.

The other Dutch players were not more fortunate. They all lost in that round, extinguishing the hope for the Netherlands to gain another Euro-Tour win here in Sarajevo.

The final 16 player will begin their matches tomorrow at 10:00 CET.

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