Kelly Fisher will play Eylul Kibaroglu in the Women’s Division final of the Pro Billiard Series’ Predator Germany Open but in the Open division, Hall of Famer Ralf Souquet was defeated by Dimitris Loukatos in the quarter finals.
Loukatos will face Ramazan Akdag in the semi finals when play commences at 9am local time on Saturday. Alfa Las Vegas Open champion Wiktor Zielinski defeated European 10 Ball Champion Sanjin Pehlivanovic of Bosnia 6-5 in a Sudden Death shootout to face Can Salim in the last four. Salim was 4-2, 4-0 winner against Soufi Mohammad.
Both divisions of the event carry €45,400 added money and both of tomorrow’s champions will earn €20,000. The Open champion will be invited to the World 10-Ball Championship in Las Vegas next year and the Women’s champion will receive a spot in this fall’s World Women’s 10-Ball Championship in Austria.
An exciting quarter-final match saw Fisher defeat Jasmin Ouschan 4-3, 4-2. A shootout win against Germany’s Veronika Ivanovskaia took Sarac to final four and a semi-final which was a repeat of last year’s Austrian Women’s Open final, won by Fisher.
The Brit won a close opening set when at hill-hill Sarac scratched and with ball in hand Fisher negotiated the table to win the set 4-3. The Serbian rising star took a 2-1 lead in the second set when Fisher missed the kind of 10 ball she’d make 99 times in 100. Sarac ranout the fourth game but a missed 6 ball to the middle brought Fisher back from her chair. Two more opportunities then escaped Sarac. First, she couldn’t unpin the 8 from the side rail, allowing Fisher to tie the set, and a missed 4 then allowed Fisher to take the decider.
The Brit will now go for her third Pro Billiard Series titles in a row and has enjoyed the conditions in Germany. She said: “The table is playing great, the best it has played, it is playing perfect. Predator have gone a great job, they have taken feedback from players and referees and put it all together. You couldn’t ask for better conditions.”
The Open division has arrived at its semi final stage with Salim as the only German player remaining. That is because Souquet suffered a 4-3 shootout defeat to Greece’s Loukatos in the last eight. Souquet lost the first set 4-3 and fought back to make the shootout by winning the second set 4-1, but was defeated after missing two shots of his four innings of the shootout.
Each of this year’s Pro Billiard Series events are WPA Category 3 sanctioned events, allowing players to earn more WPA ranking points from each event. The Predator Germany Open is also sanctioned by the EPBF and DBU.
The Predator Germany Open is partnered by Reelive. Teleo Logistics, Hansestadt Bremen Innovations and Hansestadt Bremen Immobilien are official event partners of the Predator Germany Open. The events use Predator Apex Pro tables covered with Predator Arcadia Reserve Performance Cloth, with Predator Arcos II balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights. CSI, Kamui and Alfa Coin are global Pro Billiard Series Partners.
The Predator Pro Billiard Series is a series of open, professional events held around the world to provide more opportunities for professional and aspiring pool players to compete in high-quality events, earn more income, sharpen their skills.
The winner of each 2022 Pro Billiard Series event will receive a guaranteed spot in the 2023 Predator Cues World 10-Ball Championship, which will be held February 27 through March 3 in Las Vegas. The winner of the Women’s Division will receive a guaranteed spot in the 2022 Predator World Women’s 10-Ball Championship, which will be held in Klagenfurt, Austria, September 6-10.
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