Saturday, June 23, 2007

Vassalos is surprise winner of Austria Open

John Vassalos became the first Greek winner on the Euro Tour by capturing the Austra Open.

In the final he defeated Malta's Tony Drago 10-9 to win €6500. Drago took home €3900 for the runner-up position.

In the semi-finals Vassalos beat Nick van den Berg from Netherlands and Drago bested Markus Juva (Finland) 10-7.

This was Vassalos' first win on the Euro Tour. He was also the first Greek to win. Vassalos' previous best was third in the 2004 Austria Open.

The win takes Vassalos from 199th to 82nd in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Drago moves from 15th to 11th.

Konstantin Stepanov (Russia) advances five places to the top of the rankings. Jonni Fulcher from Switzerland also improves five positions to sit in second place. Niels Feijen (Netherlands) drops from first to third.

The tournament was played 14-17 June at Patrick's Canadian Taverne, Rankweil, Austria. It was the fourth Euro Tour event of the season. Next stop is the Netherlands Open (September 12-16).

See also:

Related posts:

Frédéric Caudron takes top honours in Corfu World Cup event

Belgium's Belgian Frédéric Caudron won the three cushion World Cup event in Corfu, Greece.

In the final he defeated Sayginer Semih (Turkey) 3-1.

Torbjörn Blomdahl from Sweden and Daniel Sanchez (Spain) shared third spot.

Blomdahl had won the last three World Cup events. It was Caudron who managed to stop the streak by beating the Swede 3-1 in the semi-finals

Jean Van Erp (Netherlands) had the highest average in the tournament, with 1.812. Blomdahl had the highest run of 15. Roland Forthomme (Belgium) had the highest single match average, with 2.368.

The win takes Caudron to No.2 in the World Cup Ranking. Blomdahl holds on to the top spot. Sanchez sits in third place.

Sanchez is the new leader in the World Players Ranking. Blomdahl drops to second, with Dick Jaspers (Netherlands) in third.

The event took place June 11-17 2007, at the Marbella Hotel & Bungalows, Corfu, Greece. It was the third leg of the World Cup. The next event is in Porto, Portugal, June 25 - July 1.

See also:

Related posts:

Chang rules in Malaysia for second Asian Tour title of the season

Taiwan's Jun-Ling Chang won the Malaysia leg of the Guinness Asian 9-ball Tour.

In the final he beat India's Dharminder Singh Lilly 11-8 to claim the trophy and bag the winner's cheque of $15,000.

With this victory Chang moves to the top of the Order of Merit. The top three is still all-Taiwanese with Chao Fong-Pang in second and Ching-shun Yang in third.

Chang also won the Jakarta event earlier in the season.

The competition was held June 15-17 at the Genting Highlands Resort, Malaysia. It was the third event of the season. Next stop is Singapore on July 13-15.

There are a total of six events in the Tour. The top 10 finishers in the Order of Merit will earn spots in the 2007 World Pool Championship.

See also:

Related posts:

Van Hove and Evans win European Snooker Championship golds

Kevin Van Hove from Belgium and Reanne Evans from England came out on top in the European Snooker Championships.

Van Hove beat Rodney Goggins (Ireland) 6-2 in the final of the men's event while Evans overcame defending champion Wendy Jans (Belgium) 5-2.

A Main Tour spot was on offer to the winner of the men's event. Since both finalists had already qualified the spot was supposed to go to third place winner Vincent Muldoon (Ireland) but this was later retracted by the WSA.

Goggins defeated unlucky Bjorn Haneveer (Belgium) 6-5 in the third place playoff. Haneveer also lost 6-5 in the semis.

In the women's semi-finals Evans defeated Michelle Sherwin (Ireland) while Jans beat Anna Mazhirina (Russia).

This was Van Hove's first major title. Evans has won three world crowns and was runner-up in the 2004 European Championships.

Welsh prodigy Michael White had the highest break of the tournament with a 141.

Former top player Darren Morgan (Wales) was victorious the Masters division. In the final he beat Kieran McMahon (Northern Ireland) 6-2.

The event was held 6-16 June at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow, Ireland.

The European Main Tour play-offs was played just before the tournament. Van Hove won the event and a place on next season's Main Tour.

BTW. This is post No.100 in Billiard Pulse. :-)

See also:

Related posts:

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Eddy Merckx bags European Three Cushion Championship

Belgium's Eddy Merckx won the European Three Cushion Championship.

In the final against fellow Belgian and defending champion Frédéric Caudron he came back from 1-9 down in the fifth and deciding set. Daniel Sanchez (Spain) and Dick Jaspers from Netherlands captured the bronze medals. Jaspers also came third last year.

Merckx is alse the reigning three cushion world champion and is sixth in the current World Players Ranking.

The event took place May 17-20 in Salon de Provence, France.

See also:

Related posts:

Yang wins Asian Tour event in Kaohsiung

Taiwan's Ching-Shun Yang won the Kaohsiung leg of the Guinness Asian 9-ball Tour.

In the final he beat countryman Fong-Pang Chao 11-6 to claim the trophy and $15,000.

The win took Yang to No.1 in Order of Merit. The top three is all-Taiwanese with Jung-Lin Chang in second and Chao in third.

The competition was held May 18-20 at the Kaohsiung Business Exhibition Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Next stop is Genting, Malaysia on June 15-17. There are a total of six events in the Tour. The top 10 finishers in the Order of Merit will earn spots in the 2007 World Pool Championship.

See also:

Related posts:

Orcollo and Corr on top in 9-Ball Championships

Dennis Orcollo (Philippines) and Karen Corr (Ireland) won the men's and women's division in the 9-ball Championships. The event was formerly known as BCA Open.

In the finals Orcollo whitewashed USA's Shane Van Boening 7-0. Corr beat long-time rival Allison Fisher (England) 7-4. This was Orcollo's first victory in the event. Corr has three previous wins.

The winners both received $15,000, while the runner-ups won $9,000.

Mike Davis (USA) and defending champion Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) finished third in their respective divisions.

With this win Corr moved closer to Fisher in the WPBA Rankings. Xiaoting Pan is in third place.

See also:


Related posts: