Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) has entered the stage of the last eight players in the women’s straight pool at the Dynamic Billard European Championships in Alpina Sports & Wellness Hotel, St. Johann Pg., Austria.
The tournament did not start too well for Khodjaeva. In the first round, she met Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) and fell 40:75 to the Polish lady. Then, Khodjaeva seemed not to accept an early exit from the straight pool discipline. With consecutive victories over Martine Christiansen (NOR) 75:64, Laura Frances (ESP) 75:61, Silvia Lopez (ESP) 75:63 and then Sandra Baumgartner (AUT) 75:19 today, Khodjaeva booked a ticket for the quarter-finals in the women’s division. Baumgartner is one of the stronger Austrian female players and definitely had planned to advance to the quarter-finals. But Khodjaeva was too much of an obstacle for her. In the quarter-finals, Khodjaeva will get a chance to take revenge on Czuprynska since Oliwia will be her opponent again.
Other interesting results from today include Line Kjoersvik (NOR) ousting Kristina Tkach (RUS) with 75:66. Kjoersvik then went ahead and took down Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) with 75:35 and booked her seat in the quarterfinal round. Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) also won her first two matches of the day against Encarnation Garcia (ESP) 75:7 and Jennifer Vietz (GER) 75:71. The match against Vietz turned out to be a heartbreaker. In the next round, single elimination of the last 16 players, Seroshtan fell to the sharp blade of Jasmin Ouschan (AUT). 75:17 was the clear result for the defending Champion. Marika Poikkijoki (FIN) also joined the quarterfinals with an impressive 75:23 victory over Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL).
In the men’s division, the Dutch „powerhouses of straight pool“ have suffered a heavy loss. While defending Champion Nick van den Berg (NED) has made it to the quarterfinals with 125:42 over Mats Schjetne (NOR) and 125:36 over Steffen Wolff (NOR), his teammates are all out. Probably the heaviest „casualty“ of the day is Niels Feijen (NED) who had to give in to David Alcaide (ESP) after he had played two bad safety shots.
The quarterfinal matches in both divisions will begin at 15:00 CET.
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