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Murat Naci Coklu champion in Turkey

Posted by on December 25, 2018

Murat Naci Coklu champion in Turkey

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Murat Naci Coklu, the new champion in Turkey, representing his country in Viersen with Lütfi Cenet

IZMIR - At the end of 2018 and after four Turkish Grand Prix tournaments were completed, Murat Naci Coklu is the number one ranked player. Second on the ranking is Lütfi Cenet. Semih Sayginer won the last tournament in Izmir in the final against Lütfi Cenet. Murat Naci Coklu is the new Turkish champion after two victories and two third places. He will represent Turkey with Lütfi Cenet at the World championship for national teams in Viersen next year.

In the fourth and final tournament, with the best 32 players on the ranking, Semih Sayginer won the final against Lütfi Cenet 40-29 in 16 innings. The two finalists defeated Murat Naci Coklu and Tarik Yavuz in the semi-finals. Sayginer was the better of Coklu 40-25 in 18, Cenet beat Yavuz 40-27 in 24.

Vice minister Hamza Yerlikaya of Youth and Sports attended the tournament on the final day. He handed out the prizes to the podium.

The general ranking after 4 tournaments:

1 Murat Naci Coklu
2 Lütfi Cenet
3 Turgay Orak
4 Semih Sayginer

1st Grand Prix, Antalya (1552 participants):
1 Murat Naci Coklu
2 Turgay Orak
3 Haci Arap Yaman
3 Tayfun Tasdemir

2nd Grand Prix, Antalya, 1230 players
1 Murat Naci Coklu
2 Lütfi Cenet
3 Tayfun Tasdemir
3 Birol Uymaz

3rd Grand Prix, Batman (557 spelers)
1 Turgay Orak
2 Lütfi Cenet
3 Murat Naci Coklu
3 Can Capak

4th and final Grand Prix, Izmir (final with 32 players):
1 Semih Sayginer
2 Lütfi Cenet
3 Murat Naci Coklu
3 Tarik Yavuz

The last podium with Murat Naci Coklu as the Turkish champion and Semih Sayginer as the last Grand Prix winner

Original text: Yayinlayan Emel Coklu


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My Comments

The Turkish championship of Murat Naci Coklu can never change the reality that Semih Sayginer is the only one and best billiard player by far in Turkey.

Message 1/7 - Publish at December 26, 2018 12:10 AM

Murat olé
The player who wins 2 of 4 Grand Prix events and is 4 times on stage, is by far the best in his country in 2018.
And Semih lost his title, but is the all time champion and miracle man.
Olé for Murat.

Message 2/7 - Publish at December 26, 2018 11:20 AM

Mr Frist, if we are fixed on statistics, we can’t advance.. so they are not too important for me. Semih Sayginer is a totally different talented billiard player who is able to increase the billiard future and popularity. Others may be sometimes can beat him or can get better positions or more cups. But all of these do not show that they are better than Semih Sayginer. He is even better than Caudron. In last semi final he proved this but he unfortunately missed the last point unluckily. Anyway, if he continues like this, we’ll see that he will be soon on the top again. And also I like Murat and congratulate him much. But Murat is third player in Turkey. Before him there is Tayfun Tasdemir.

Message 3/7 - Publish at December 26, 2018 6:22 PM

Tip ten
When it’s not about ranking, my top ten of players I like to watch and interview:
1 Zanetti
2 Sayginer
3 Jaspers
4 Blomdahl
5 Merckx
6 Sánchez
7 Tasdemir
8 Polychropoulos
9 HJ Kim
10 Leppens

Message 4/7 - Publish at December 28, 2018 5:54 PM

Sorry for the name:

Message 5/7 - Publish at December 28, 2018 5:55 PM

Good list you made. I agree totally.. I mean that the billiard is not just about making too much points in a row or big averages.. of course these are important but I like to watch beatiful and also sometimes unbelievable points which comes together with successes. Also, I like the player who is charismatic, challenging, creative, stylish with his stand at table and with his speech, etc. I don’t belive that the straight players can give too much contribution for improving of billiard’s future. So, let’s aware of the value of the special ones and back them as much as possible. Thanks..

Message 6/7 - Publish at December 29, 2018 1:19 AM

Just my opinion...
Right now, these are my dangerous world top 5 in my opinion.
1. Caudron
2 Dick Jaspers
3. Sayginer
4. Merckx
5. Marco

My top 5 I love to watch.
1. Caudron (Top notch technician and positioning)
2. Sayginer (Unbelievable stroke and solutions)
3. Marco (Strategist and comedian)
4. Tran (Fundamental and mentality)
5. Jaspers (Sharpness and precise)

Message 7/7 - Publish at December 30, 2018 12:34 PM

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