Mario He (AUT) just defeated Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) in the final of the Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open with 9:5 and took his first Euro-Tour title ever.
The final match saw both players under completely different conditions. Ekonomopoulos especially needed the points from the victory to make it to the Mosconi Cup Team Europe again. He was under a lot of pressure. On the other hand, Mario He had once entered a Euro-Tour final in 2009 which he lost. Last year, he achieved a few third places but really had not so much to lose. He is on fire at the time, winning the German Bundesliga with his team and a Grand Prix event in Austria in the last weeks. Both of the contestants started out quite self-confident. Rack 3 saw the first missed shots of the match. After five racks, He was leading by a small margin 3:2. He then took the next two racks and increased this advantage to 5:2. That was a huge lead in a race to 9. At that point in time, Ekonomopoulos had just committed some mistakes and needed a time-out which he took in order to get his senses together again. But he could not stop He from winning his racks. The Austrian was too strong today for Ekonomopoulos and he consequently took the points he needed to win the event 9:5.
„I really played well here“, stated He after the final, „I am feeling well and I can put this in my game and on the table when I play“. „This is my first Euro-Tour victory and I feel really self-confident about my game at the moment“, added He.
Top Eight Finishers 八強
- Mario He (Mezz Cues/Exceed cues) – AUT 奧地利
- Nikos Ekonomopoulos – GRE 希臘
- Jayson Shaw – SCO 蘇格蘭
Mika Immonen (Mezz Cues) – FIN 芬蘭
- David Alcaide – ESP 西班牙
Sebastian Ludwig – GER 德國
Karol Skowerski – POL波蘭
Ralf Souquet – GER 德國
The Women North Cyprus Open will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 local time with matches from the loser’s qualification round. The final match is scheduled for 15:30 local time.
On Monday morning, the North Cyprus Challenge Cup will begin here in Kyrenia, North Cyprus.
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在稍早進行的半決賽中，何與Ekonomopoulos分別擊敗從敗部突圍的“冰人”Mika Immonen和蘇格蘭名將Jayson Shaw會師決賽。決賽對於二人均有著不同尋常的意義，Ekonomopoulos特別需要冠軍積分來進軍莫斯考尼盃，而He則是自2009年決賽失利後，時隔六年再度殺入決賽。
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