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Dick Jaspers, at European podium again

Posted by on June 18, 2022

Dick Jaspers, at European podium again

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Dick Jaspers juicht nadat hij weer de finale van een EK heeft bereikt

BERLICUM - The first finalist at the European three cushion Championship is known: what the Dutch billiard crowd wanted so badly, has happened. Dick Jaspers defeated Turkish magician Semih Sayginer in the first of two semi-finals and will play the final later in the day against the winner of the Dani Sánchez-Martin Horn match.

The cold-blooded Dick Jaspers was admirably strong in the end of the match against Semih Sayginer, in which he struck at a score of 35-32 with runs of 3, 4 and 8, reaching the finish in three innings. Semih Sayginer scored three more points in that last part and capitulated with his head held high.

Dick Jaspers assured again what many billiard fans already know: ''I am not such a spectacular billiard player as Sayginer, Blomdahl or Caudron, I try to be sober in my game. That's my style of play and I had a lot of success with it, especially the last few years. That may be remarkable, because look how strong all my direct opponents have become in the last three or four years.''

The scoring in the match against Sayginer was also solid, sober and so well on average: Jaspers scored four sixes in his first eight innings and produced four misses. That gave Jaspers a valuable 12-0 lead, which despite Sayginer's valiant efforts, never disappeared from the board. The Turkish crack came back twice to a 3 points margin (15-12 and 33-30), but that last, small gap was the signal for Jaspers to finally crown the attack.

''We played a pretty open match'', Jaspers thought. ''Sayginer made a few mistakes in the end, which I could punish well. That shows again that playing to 50 points is an advantage for top players. And if I look again at this European Championship, the top has grown so close together, we have so many players capable of beating each other. I have only managed to win more major tournaments in these recent years, but that does not mean I am a better player.''

Semih Sayginer praised Jaspers' mental strength. ''I really felt mentally just as strong in this match, but it was a bit less. He was fantastic at the end, I did not get the positions to hit back''.

'' The game goes the way it goes'', was Sayginer's conclusion. ''In the World Cup in Sharm El Sheikh, last year, we were also 34-34 in the final part and I finished with 10 and 6. Then it was the other way round, now it rolled Jaspers' way.''



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