Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jasmin Ouschan rules in the 2009 European Pool Championships

European Pool Championships 2009Austria's Jasmin Ouschan had a near-perfect showing at the 2009 European Pool Championships.

Ouschan took golds in 8-ball and 9-ball, and silver in straight pool. In 8-ball she also won in 2007 and 2008.

Jouni Tahti from Finland rolled away with gold in both wheelchair events.

None of the other defending champions managed to retain their titles and no other players reached more than one final.

Here are the results:

8-ball: Andreas Roschowsky (Germany) bt Nikos Ekonomopulos (Greece) 8-7
9-ball: Nick van der Berg (Netherlands) bt Ruslan Chinahov (Russia) 9-8
14.1: Dimitri Jungo (Switzerland) bt Niels Feijen (Netherlands) 125-74

8-ball: Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) bt Janine Schwan (Germany) 6-4
9-ball: Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) bt Veronika Hubrtova (Czech Republic) 7-0
14.1: Gerda Hofstätter (Austria) bt Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) 75-70

8-ball: Jouni Tahti (Finland) bt Tony Southern (England) 5-1
9-ball: Jouni Tahti (Finland) bt Roy Kimberley (England) 7-6

This was Hofstätter's ninth gold. Ouschan and Tahti now have eight euro golds each.

The event was held 16-25 April, 2009 at the Sporthotel Apline im Alpendorf, in St Johann im Pongau, Austria.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Reanne Evans claims fifth World Ladies Snooker Championship in a row

Reanne Evans from England captured the World Ladies Snooker Championship for a record fifth straight time.

In the final she beat compatriot Maria Catalano 5-2 to pocket the £800 winner's cheque. Catalano got £400 as runner up.

Catalano recorded the highest break in the event, a 94 in the group stages.

It was a record fifth 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, in 2007 she won 5-3 over Katie Henrick (England) and last year she beat Emma Banks (England) 5-3.

By capturing the title she also ended the season on top of the WLBSA official rankings.

June Banks (England) beat countrywoman Jenny Poulter 3-0 in the seniors final. 12-year-old Hannah Jones (England) retained the juniors title by defeating Joanne Davies (England) 2-1 in the final.

Jones also teamed up with Jaique Ip Wan In (Netherlands) to beat Chris Sharpe (England) and So Man Yan (Hong Kong) 2-1 in the ladies doubles.

Evans and Michael Holt (England) won the mixed doubles event, beating another English pair, Leah Willett and Joe Perry, 3-2 in the final.

In the final of the english billiards event Emma Bonney (England) retained her crown be beating Chitra Magimairaj (India) 272-118.

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, Cambridge, England, 4-9 April, 2009.

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Monica Webb claims 2009 San Diego Classic for second straight win

Monica Webb (USA) captured the season-opening 2009 WPBA San Diego Classic for her second title in a row.

In the final she edged 2004 world champion Ga Young Kim (South Korea) 7-5. Jeanette Lee (USA) and Gerda Hofstätter (Austria), finished joint third.

Defending champion Allison Fisher (England) lost 9-8 to Hofstätter in the final 16.

This was Webb's second title in a row on the Classic Tour, having taken her very first win in the 2008 WPBA Championship. She is also unbeaten in these two events.

In the rankings all players start off with zero points. Therefore Webb will be the first leader in the rankings. She ended up in fourth place last season.

The event took place from 1-5 April at the Viejas Casino, Alpine, California, USA. It was the first of six events on the 2009 Classic Tour. Next up is the Great Lakes Classic, at the Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, Indiana, 17-21 June 2009.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Ebdon returns to winner's circle in 2009 China Open

Bank of Beijing World Snooker China Open 2009Peter Ebdon (England) captured the 2009 Bank of Beijing World Snooker China Open.

In a very close final he defeated Scotland's two-time World Champion John Higgins 10-8.

Tournament surprise Stuart Pettman (England) and Ryan Day (Wales) lost out in the semifinals.

Ebdon received £52,000 for the victory and Higgins got £25,000 for his runner-up spot.

Higgins and Ricky Walden (England) shared the £2,000 high break bonus after compining matching 140s.

Defending champion Stephen Maguire (Scotland) crashed out 5-0 to Dave Harold in the first round.

This was the eighth ranking title for Ebdon but first since the 2006 UK Championship. Higgins was looking for his 20th title and second of the season.

Higgins' final loss means the seven ranking events of the season have been won by seven different players.

Ebdon leapt from 17th to 12th in the provisional rankings. Higgins advanced two places, from seventh to fifth. Pettman jumped from 48th to 37th. Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) and Maguire retain the top two positions. Shaun Murphy (England) overtook Allister Carter (England) to claim third place.

The event took place at the Beijing University Students Gymnasium, Beijing, China Mar 30 - Apr 5, 2009. It was the seventh ranking tournament of eight on the 2008/2009 Main Tour. Next up on the snooker calendar is the Betfred World Championship which starts 18th April 2009.

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