Saturday, May 31, 2008

Engert wins Germany Open for ninth Euro Tour title

Germany's own Thomas Engert captured his ninth Euro Tour title by winning the Dynamic Germany Open.

In the final the eight-time European champion trounced Italy's Fabio Petroni 9-1 to win €6000. Petroni received €3800 for his runner-up finish.

In the semi-finals Engert defeated Karl Boyes (England) 9-3 while Petroni bested Finlands's Markus Juva 9-7.

This was Engert's ninth tournament win on the Euro Tour. He has previously won the 1992 Dutch Open, 1992 Hungarian Open, 1994 Germany Open, 1996 Netherlands Open, 1997 Spain Open, 1998 Polen Open, 2004 Italy Open and 2005 Swiss Open. Only his fellow Germans Ralf Souquet and Oliver Ortmann have more wins, with 13 each. The 35 wins means the German trio has won 37.6% of the 93 Euro Tour events contested.

Engert's only loss in the event came against Austria's Jasmin Ouschan. She was eventually beaten 9-6 by Gabriele Cimmino (Italy) in the last 32. Defending champion, England's world champion Daryl Peach lost 9-6 to Engert at the same stage.

The win takes Engert all the way from 11th to second in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Petroni moves from 37th to 20th. Ouschan is the top female on the list, improving from 106th to 66th. Mark Gray (England) once again holds on to the top position. Former snooker great Tony Drago (Malta) drops from second to third.

The tournament was played 22-24 May at Billiardcenter "Die Drei", Sindelfingen, Germany. It was the third event of seven on the 2008 Euro Tour. The next stop is the Dynamic Austrian Open which runs from 12-14 June, 2008.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Reanne Evans captures fourth straight World Ladies Snooker Championship

England's Reanne Evans won the World Ladies Snooker Championship for a record fourth consecutive time.

In the final she beat compatriot Emma Banks 5-3 to pocket the £700 winner's cheque.

Evans also recorded the highest break in the event, a 102 in the group stages.

It was the record fourth world title in a row for Evans. In 2005 she defeated Lynette Horsburgh (Scotland) 6-1, in 2006 she beat Emma Bonney (England) 5-3 and last year she won 5-3 over Katie Henrick (England).

Chris Sharpe (England) beat Malgorzata Sikorska (Poland) 3-1 in the seniors final and 11-year-old Hannah Jones (England) defeated Joanne Davies (England) in the juniors final.

Jaique Ip Wan In (Netherlands) and Pam Wood (England) beat Sharpe and Laura Alves (Ireland) 2-1 in the ladies doubles.

In the final of the english billiards event Emma Bonney (England) beat Ewa Palmius (Sweden) 216-119.

This championship is organized by the World Ladies Snooker & Billiards Association. It must not be confused with the IBSF World Championship. Evans is a also the defending champion in that event.

The tournament was played at the Cambridge Snooker Centre, England, 3-8 May, 2008.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ronnie O'Sullivan wins third World Snooker Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) won the 888.Com World Snooker Championship.

In the final he beat tournament surprise Allister Carter (also England) 18-8 to win the trophy and £250,000.

To reach the final O'Sullivan had to beat Liu Chuang (China), Mark J Williams (Wales), Liang Wenbo (China) and Stephen Hendry (Scotland)

This was the third world trophy for O'Sullivan. He also won the championship in 2001 and 2004. In total he's won 20 ranking events.

Defending champion John Higgins (Scotland) lost 13-9 to Ryan Day (Wales) in the second round.

O'Sullivan and Carter both made 147s in the tournament. They therefore had to share the £157,000 jackpot. In total there were 63 centuries in the event.

It was O'Sullivan's record ninth maximum in major competition. Stephen Hendry (Scotland) has eight.

With this win O'Sullivan moves from fifth to first in the new world rankings. Scotland's Stephen Maguire jumps from 10th to second and Shaun Murphy from England stays in third.

Carter's runner-up position takes him to No. 7. Mark Allen from Northern Ireland is the only first-timer in the top 16. 50-year-old Steve Davis (England), Mark J Williams and Ken Doherty (Ireland) are the most prominent names to lose their place in that elite group.

The event took place Apr 18 - May 5 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England. It was the last of seven events on the 2007/2008 Main Tour.

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