Varga ousts Dimov in a thriller
„I love to play with a high risk“
In a match that could not get any more exciting and thrilling, Bence Varga (HUN) defeated qualifier Radostin Dimov (BUL) with 11:10.
On paper, the match looked like plain sailing for Bence Varga who is the reigning straight pool European Champion in the juniors division. And that is only one of the four titles that the 17-year-old boy from Hungary has collected so far. His opponent has made it to the tournament via the qualification event and was more or less a surprise to be found in the quarter-final match. But sometimes statistics are proven wrong… Dimov demonstrated in a very impressive way that he is hungry for a title. He played with so much self confidence that the spectators felt the pressure that he was able to put on Varga. „The match was not easy at all for me since my opponent played so strong“, admitted Varga after the match. As the match went along, both players tried to escape from the other’s grip and get a small advantage over the opponent but it did not work out for neither of them. Varga as well as Dimov stuck to the opponent like a limpet, not allowing any big lead to happen. So it was no wonder that the score was still tight as the match came to the final stage. Varga had a 9:8 lead over Dimov but surprisingly, it was the Bulgarian player to get to the hill first, leading 10:9 over Varga. In the 20th rack, Dimov had the break. He pocketed two balls and scratched unluckily since the cue ball was kicked in the corner pocket by an object ball. Varga took his time and ran the rack, tying the match at 10:10. At that point in time the tension was so real it could almost be physically felt. The final rack was opened by Varga. He pocketed two balls but had no position on the 1-ball. Several safety shots were exchanged until Dimov played a foul shot because the cue ball scratched again. Varga played another good safe where Dimov could not find the right answer for. In the end, Varga ran the final rack and ousted Dimov 11:10. When asked about his sometimes risky shots, Varga mentioned: „I like the tough shots. I’d rather play a bank shot or a combination instead of a safety shot“. However, it worked for him this time. „I am so happy to belong to the best four junior players in the World“, said Varga, „now I must focus for my semi-final match tomorrow against Konrad Piekarski from Poland“.
Other notable results include Marc Bijsterbosch (NED) winning over last German hope Lars Kuckherm with 11:4. Hometown hero Marek Kudlik (POL) creamed David Maslov (RUS) 11:9. Konrad Piekarski (POL) won over Vitaly Pavlukhin (RUS) 11:4.
Darya Sirotina (RUS) was ousting Briana Miller (USA) with 9:6. Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) also made it to the semi-finals, defeating Karen Garcia-Gallego (NCA) 9:6. In the wheelchair division, Henrik Larsson (SWE) made his way into the semi-finals by handing a doughnut 7:0 to Leszek Blumcynski (POL). He will be joined by Fred Dinsmore (IRL) who crushed Roy Kimberley (GBR) with 7:4.