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Gülsen Degener almost back to brilliant best

Posted by on April 12, 2013

Gülsen Degener almost back to brilliant best

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Gülsen Degener had a spectacular finish with a 10-run

BRANDENBURG – The second time it was my own fault, in my first match I had bad luck, commented Monique van Hamond, mourning after two losses on one carom. The Dutch lady said: ,,I really should have won against Danielle le Bruyn,  because I got some good chances. My first loss against Steffi Träm was very unlucky.''

Sixteen women are going to battle for eight places in the quarters tomorrow (Saturday, 9:00 am). Therese Klompenhouwer, the four-time European champion and big favorite, could not really convince so far.

She played her two matches with a black armband, due to the death of a young Spanish lady player with whom she was good friends and two people from her surroundings last weeks.

After a bad start Klompenhouwer ran to the finish against German Michaela Esser in high speed (25-10 in 26), but in her duel with Marianne Mortensen from Denmark, the Dutch champion only closed the match after a difficult final (25-20 in 33).

Gülsen Degener, the Turkish competitor, ran spectacularly to the finish in her first match, in which she did not have a promising start vs Natascha Al Mamar from Austria. But Degener finished with four and ten in the final innings.

,,I wished I had ran these ten earlier in the match, because now I had to stop. And it was the highest run in my career.’’
Degener seems to be back after two or three minor years. She shines again and found her motivation after she moved from Germany to Istanbul with her family. There she wants to give her billiards career a new start.’’

Karina Jetten had the worst start of the favorites: the Dutch even seemed not go reach the 25 points finish in her match against Susanne Stengel-Ponsing, because the maximum limit of innings is 50. In the last inning, Jetten scored four and grabbed the full win.

Her second match was much better and even the best so far: a win in 23 innings against Ingrid Engelbrecht from Austria.

The last session is decisive for the top two finishers in each group. Three players are almost certain of victory in three groups, in the other groups it will be a hard fight for the qualification.

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