Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) and Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) have just won the Dynamic Billard Portuguese Open Euro-Tour in Vale do Lobo, Portugal.
The women’s division was once again dominated by Jasmin Ouschan. She made her way through the tournament undefeated and trounced Line Kjoersvik (NOR) in the final match with 7:3. On her way to the final match, Ouschan defeated Natalya Seroshtan (RUS) 7:6, Barbara Bolfelli (ITA) 7:0, Tamara Peeters (NED) 7:6, Kristina Tkach (RUS) 7:2 and Louise Furberg (SWE) 7:1.
The final match with Kjoersvik was business as usual in the beginning. Ouschan took an early lead and Kjoersvik did not seem to be able to find any means against her. Then suddenly, Kjoersvik benefited from several mistakes from Ouschan and managed to tie the match at 3:3. The Norwegian took a time-out at that stage which probably worked better for her opponent than for herself. When she cam back, she could not do anything else but watch Ouschan win rack after rack. In the final 10th rack, Ouschan came up with a spectacular finish. The ball on was the 3-ball. It was lying close to the rail and would not go into any pocket.
Ouschan played onto the 3-ball and the cue ball kissed the 9-ball which made its way into the corner pocket. That brought Ouschan the victory in the match and the tournament. „I am really happy with that victory”, stated Ouschan” but I am also really exhausted. I have played so many matches in the last few weeks on the Amway Cup, the European Championships and the Euro-Tour, and I am really looking forward to going home and relax a bit”, said a happy but obviously exhausted Ouschan.
Top Eight Finishers Women’s Division:
Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)
Line Kjoersvik (NOR)
Louise Furberg (SWE)
Monica Webb (USA)
Kristina Tkach (RUS)
Oliwia Czuprynska (POL)
Sandra Baumgartner (AUT)
Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL)
The men’s final was played between Mateusz Sniegocki and Marcus Chamat (SWE). It was a tough fight as expected between the two. They both had really tough semi-finals to go through. Chamat won 9:7 over Mario He (AUT) while Sniegocki overpowered Francisco Sanchez Ruiz (ESP) by a whisker with 9:8. In the final match one could see that the long days here took their toll from the players.
Especially Chamat who has been here for the European Championships as well seemed to struggle with his focus. Sniegocki consequently took a quick 5:1 lead over Chamat. In the 7th rack, Chamat missed a possible 1-ball and Sniegocki could have already made things almost clear. But he also missed the 2-ball by far and Chamat had the chance to turn the tide in the match in his favor. He indeed took two racks to turn the scoreboard to 3:5, still in favor of Sniegocki.
From then on, it was more or less only Sniegocki at the table. He won all points needed for victory and took the match and the title with a clear 9:3 result. „I am so happy about this title”, said Sniegocki, „this Euro-Tour had so many players and it is a great honor and a huge achievement forme to be the winner here”, added Sniegocki.
Top Eight Finishers Men’s Division:
Mateusz Sniegocki (POL)
Marcus Chamat (SWE)
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz (ESP)
Mario He (AUT)
Niels Feijen (NED)
Ralf Souquet (GER)
Ronald Regli (SUI)
Alexander Kazakis (GRE)
That concludes the coverage from the Dynamic Billard Portuguese Open.
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