Ralf Souquet (GER), also known as „The Kaiser“, wins his 22nd Euro-Tour event Italy with an impressive 9:5 victory over „The Siberian Express“ Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) in the final match of the Dynamic Billard Italian Open in BHR Best Western Hotel in Treviso, Italy.
The single elimination started with a huge effort for Souquet. He met Ivar Sarin (NED) in the round of the last 32 players and barely made it with 9:8 over the young Dutch player. Then today, he marched on and eliminated Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) 9:7, surprise player Damianos Giallourakis (GRE) 9:6 and in the semi-final match he ousted Daryl Peach (GBR) with another 9:7 victory. Chinakhov’s way to the final match was not easier. He dealt with Wojciech Sroczynski (POL) 9:2, ousted his young teammate Sergey Lutsker (RUS) 9:4, ended Mario He’s (AUT) run 9:4 and finally took down Denis Grabe (EST) 9:3.
The outcome of the final match could not have been predicted at all. Both players have made their way through one of the toughest fields of contestants that the pool World could imagine. They were the last two men standing. However, in the final match Chinakhov committed some mistakes. He miscued two times and allowed his opponent Souquet back to the table. Chinakhov really wanted this time since it would have been his first Euro-Tour win. But Souquet was too strong for him today and brutally punished each mistake that Chinakhov made without showing any mercy. The final score of 9:5 in favour of Souquet displays the supremacy that Souquet held in the whole match. A deserved winner after his last victory dates back to 2014 in Kyrenia, North Cyprus.
歐巡賽義大利公開賽今晨於於特雷維索的BHR Best Western Hotel落下帷幕。決賽中，”撞球皇帝” Ralf Souquet以9:5擊敗”西伯利亞快車” Ruslan Chinakhov 捧起個人第22座歐巡賽冠軍。
進入到單敗淘汰賽首輪的最後32強中，Souquet驚險地以9:8力克荷蘭小將 Ivar Sarin。於16強與8強分別淘汰俄羅斯好手Konstantin Stepanov (9:7)與本次黑馬選手希臘的Damianos Giallourakis。4強賽再以9:7擊退英國名將Daryl Peach進入決賽。而他的對手Chinakhov的晉級之路，則來得費勁些。先以9:2輕取波蘭的Wojciech Sroczynski，下場比賽9:4淘汰年輕隊友Sergey Lutsker，在連續拿下奧地利的Mario He與愛沙尼亞的Denis Grabe 兩位好手挺進決賽。
“西伯利亞快車” Chinakhov與”撞球皇帝”Souquet，兩人從187位參賽選手中脫穎而出，會師決賽。Chinakhov非常有機會並且也相當渴望能夠拿下第一個歐巡賽冠軍。但Souquet在決賽中的表現相當出色，相反的Chinakhov則出現了一些失誤，兩次的滑桿也讓他的對手有機會再度回到球台上。Souquet 牢牢地把握住了Chinakhov所發生的每次失誤，再加上優異的水平發揮，最終就以9:5擊敗對手獲得勝利。這將是Souquet個人第22座歐巡賽冠軍，但距離他最後一次勝利，則可追溯到2014年在北塞浦路斯凱里尼亞 (Kyrenia)。
Final standings top eight players 前八強
1. Ralf Souquet (GER 德國)
2. Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS 俄羅斯)
Denis Grabe (EST 愛沙尼亞)
Daryl Peach (GBR 英國)
Mario He (AUT 奧地利)
Albin Ouschan (AUT 奧地利)
Nick van den Berg (NED 荷蘭)
Damianos Giallourakis (GRE 希臘)
Painful end for van Boening
Earlier today, US superstar player Shane van Boening suffered a defeat in the round of the last 16 players. Van Boening has entertained many people with his performance in Treviso. His last match against Mario He (AUT) however turned out to become a drama for him in the end. Leading 8:7, van Boening was at the table and had all balls in front of him for a nice run out. But he played a bad position for the 5-ball and consequently got a tough position for the 6-ball. He missed the 6-ball and left a thin cut for He. The Austrian got to the table and also missed the 6-ball but he got lucky in the end.
He fluked it in into the corner pocket on the other side of the table and then fired the 7-ball over one rail into the side pocket to run out the rack and tie the match at 8:8. Rack 17 coming up with Mario He to break. Three balls flew in the pockets and He saw himself in front of an open table with an easy opening shot. He cleared the table and took the match with 9:8, sending an unlucky van Boening home after a great event from the American.
The Dynamic Billard Italian Women Open has also commenced today.
39 players have found their way to Treviso to try and conquer some prize money and important ranking points. Sara Rocha (POR) came up with the biggest surprise of the event so far, defeating European star player Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) 7:6 in the winner’s qualification round. Russia’s Kristina Tkach is also straight on track in the event. She won both her first matches against Vania Franco (POR) 7:5 and Monika Zabel (POL) 7:1 and advanced to the single elimination round of the last 16 players. Germany’s Pia Blaeser is also in a pretty good condition here in Treviso. She managed to overmaster Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL) 7:5 and Claudia von Rohr (SUI) 7:5 to book her seat in the round of the last 16 players.
女子歐巡賽也於同日開賽，39名選手齊聚特雷維索，如爭奪獎金外也將力拼排名積分。迄今最大驚喜非屬葡萄牙的Sara Rocha在勝部資格賽中以7-6擊敗明星選手Jasmin Ouschan。備受期待的俄羅斯新秀Kristina Tkach分別以7:5、7:1打敗同胞選手Vania Franco與波蘭的Monika Zabel晉級最後16強的單敗淘汰階段。德國小將Pia Blaeser也有著不錯的發揮，先以7:5制伏2015年首次來台參加安麗盃即造成球迷熱烈討論的波蘭選手Katarzyna Wesolowska，接著同樣再以7:5擊敗瑞士的Claudia von Rohr，挺進16強。
Tomorrow, the Dynamic Billard Italian Women Open will continue at 09:30 CET with matches from the round of the last 16 player single elimination. The final match is scheduled for 14:30 local time.
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