Amateur Snooker - 2016 EBSA European Ladies and Masters Snooker Championships
4th-11th June 2016 / Panorama Hotel, Vilnius, Lithuania
ROUND ROBINS COMPLETE IN LITHUANIA
We have now reached the knock-out stages for the 2016 European Ladies and Masters Snooker Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania. The KO action is set to begin Thursday at the Panorama Hotel.
Defending Ladies Champion, and hot favourite to defend her title, Wendy Jans (Belgium) comfortably qualified top from Group A after a trio of 3-0 wins over opposition from Romania, Poland and the host nation. The 32 year old is chasing down a staggering 10th European victory.
Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia), Daria Sirotina (Russia), Diana Stateczny (Germany), Michelle Sherwin (Republic of Ireland) and Anna Prysazhnuka (Latvia) also finished with perfect 100% records in not dropping a single frame.
In total, there were 11 groups of 4 which consisted of 44 players from a healthy 14 different countries.
The top 2 from each have qualified, with the Preliminary Round of 22 being sorted out before the more even number of 16 etc.
Fresh from winning the European Open last Friday, reigning Masters title holder Darren Morgan (Wales) is still on course for a seventh win in this event by virtue of an untroubled qualifying campaign in Group E.
The former top 8 ranked professional made six breaks of 40 or above (85 being the highest) on route to a hat-trick of 3-0 successes.
Last year's runner-up in Prague and the current English Amateur Champion, Jamie Bodle, also repeated the feat as did fellow ex-pros Michael Judge (Republic of Ireland) and Craig MacGillivray (Scotland).
Darren Ellis (Scotland) was also 9 frames out of 9.
Malta's Alex Borg entered this tournament before he regained a World Snooker tour card at Q-School, and was therefore permitted to still compete. He will also feature in the KOs, after winning all 3 matches.
Borg has the highest break so far with an effort of 114.
Other likely contenders to make it through include more former pros in Ian Sargeant (Wales) and Darren Paris (Switzerland), Aidan Owens , Wayne Brown, Simon Dent, Shaun Wilkes (all England), Jason Peplow (Malta), Rune Kampe (Denmark) and John Torpey (Republic of Ireland).
For more information and the full results (including news on the ongoing teams events too), please visit the European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) website here.
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Written and published by Michael Day on the 9th June 2016