Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ouschan wins sixth gold in European Pool Championships

European Pool Championships 2008Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) was one of many winners in the "All in one" European Pool Championships.

Nobody managed to retain their titles in the main single events. Ouschan was the only of last year's champions to win a gold medal this year. The 2007 9-ball champion came out on top in 8-ball.

Ouschan's victim in the 8-ball final, Line Kjørsvik, was one of two players to reach two finals. Kjørsvik also finished runner-up in 14.1. Zoran Svilar from Serbia won silver in both 9-ball and 8-ball.

Here are the results:

9-ball: Stephan Cohen (France) bt Zoran Svilar (Serbia)
8-ball: Marcus Chamat (Sweden) bt Zoran Svilar (Serbia)
14.1: Ivica Putnic (Croatia) bt Ralf Souquet (Germany)
Team: Germany bt Czech Republic

9-ball: Sabina Dederding (Switzerland) bt Estelle Bijnen (Netherlands)
8-ball: Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) bt Line Kjørsvik (Norway)
14.1: Charlotte Sørensen (Denmark) bt Kjørsvik (Norway)
Team: Germany bt Netherlands

8-ball: Karl Read (England) bt Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
9-ball: Jouni Tahti (Finland) bt Emil Schranz (Austria)

This was Ouschan's sixth euro gold, and second in 8-ball. Tahti also had five previous wins. Chamat, Dederding and Sørensen all won for the second time.

This championship marked the 30th anniversary of the EPBF and therefore contained all categories and disciplines. There were also events for Seniors, Ladies, Juniors, Boys and Girls.

The event was held August 7-16, 2008 at the Sauerland Sterner Hotel, Willingen, Germany.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Kelly Fisher captures maiden US Open title

2008 WBPA US OpenEngland's Kelly Fisher avenged last year's final loss and won her first WPBA US Open title.

In the deciding match she defeated surprise finalist Filipino Iris Ranola 7-1. Jeanette Lee (USA) shared third place with Yu Ram Cha (South Korea).

Kelly Fisher took away $15,000 for first place. Ranola won $9,000 for her runner-up position.

This was Kelly's first US Open trophy. It was also her first Classic Tour victory of the season and fourth of her career. Her three previous wins all came in the San Diego Classic.

Allison Fisher (England) came into the event as the three-time defending champion. This year was a completely different story though as she went out early after losing her first two matches.

The win puts Kelly atop the WPBA rankings. She started the week at No.5. Karen Corr (Ireland) is still in second place and Xiaoting Pan (China) drops from shared second to third. Allison Fisher drops all the way from first to sixth.

The event took place from July 1 to August 3 in the Riverwind Casino, Norman, Oklahoma, USA. It was the fourth of seven this season on the Classic Tour. Next up is the Carolina Classic, September 10-14, in Durham, North Carolina.

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