US Pool - Pool - Dynamic European Championships - Pupils/Juniors/Girls - Brandenburg (GER)
Saturday starts with 10-ball competition - No major upsets on day to yet
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Bence Varga (HUN)
Today, the 10-ball competition of the Dynamic Billiards European Championships Youth started.
In the junior's division, Bence Varga (HUN) was the only player remaining from last year's medallists. He had a walk over in his first match, then defeated Jose Alberto Delgado Hernandez (ESP) with 7:5. Another favourite in this division is definitely Wojciech Szewczyk (POL). He also won his first two opening matches (7:2 over Borna Vukojevic [CRO] and 7:0 over Andrey Seroshtan [RUS]). Together with Tobias Bongers (GER), Vitaly Pavlukhin (RUS), Gergely Papp and Bence Deak (both HUN), these players can be considered to be the favourites in the junior's 10-ball discipline.
In the pupil's division, the cards are shuffled completely new this year. Last year's runner up Tian Zhang (SWE) is the only remaining top 3 player. Pavlukhin and Seroshtan left for the junior's division since they have reached the age limit for pupils. Zhang has won his opening match 6:3 over Eimantas Sveikauskas (LIT) and will now meet Mikolaj Zabecki (POL) in the winner's qualification round. Other favourites in the juniors could be Joshua Filler and Can Salim-Giasar (both GER). The German Team won the team competition over the strong Russians last year. Filler and Salim are both in the winner's qualification round.
Unlike in the pupil's division, last year's medallists in the girl's division are almost complete. Except last year's winner Darya Sirotina (RUS), all medallists are in attendance in Brandenburg a.d.Havel. Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS), Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) and Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) are definitely to be counted among the favourites in this division. Seroshtan had to play Khodjaeva in the second round of the competition already and lost 2:5. But she will still have a chance on the loser's side. Two players who could come out as a surprise of this year's girl's 10-ball competition are Nathalie Seichter (NED) and Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER). Both won their openers and will try to make it to the single elimination stage on the direct way.
The tournament continued today at 15:00 CET with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final matches in straight pool, junior's and pupil's division.
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