Romania’s Ioan Ladanyi and England’s Chris Melling have punched their tickets to the semifinals of the 8-Ball Classic Championship.
Playing in his home country, Ladanyi overcame a 7-2 deficit to upset Russia’s Fedor Gorst, 13-11 at the IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania. Ladanyi took advantage of a handful of unforced errors and missed opportunities by the previously unbeaten Gorst to gut out the three-and-a-half hour match.
“A crazy match,” Ladanyi said through a translator after the match. “It was an unpredictable match. I was down at first but was able to come back.”
Gorst used two dry breaks, a scratch on the break and a missed shot by Ladanyi as well as two breaks-and-runs to build an early lead. Ladanyi responded in the middle stages of the match, taking advantage of two dry breaks from his opponent and adding in two breaks-and-runs to win six of eight racks to pull within one game. Gorst gutted out a 20th game that included safeties and missed shots by both players to regain a two-game lead but gave the very next rack away when he accidentally pocketed the 8-ball out of turn in the 21st game.
Ladanyi used a break-and-run in the 22nd game then capitalized when Gorst failed to complete a run out after the break in the following rack to take a 12-11 lead. Remaining at the table with the break, Ladanyi worked through the set-clinching game like an excavator, breaking up two frozen clusters of balls near the rack to clear the balls and advance to tomorrow’s semifinals.
Ladanyi will face Melling, who took advantage of the early breaking struggles of Wojciech Szewczyk, then held off a late comeback to win, 13-9.
“He just made a couple of mistakes and a couple of dry breaks during the match,” Melling said. “I made a couple of mistakes too but I feel like I capitalized on most of my chances.”
Melling used a pair of dry breaks and a couple of unforced errors by Szewczyk to build an early 8-3 lead in the race-to-13 match. Szewczyk cut the lead to 8-6 after a missed 8-ball and dry break from Melling but then failed to pocket any balls on his breaks in the 15th and 17th games. Melling won both racks and mixed in another break-and-run to take a commanding 11-6 lead.
Szewczyk wasn’t finished, cutting the lead to 11-8 and at the table again after a dry break by Melling. He appeared positioned to cut the deficit to two but left the 7-ball in the corner pocket’s jaws in the 20th game. Melling closed out the game to get on the hill then broke-and-ran to finish off the set.
“He played well. I played well. I don’t think either of us deserved to lose. It was just one of those matches,” Melling said.
Both players struggled throughout the match with their break shots, accumulating nine total dry breaks in all – with Szewczyk accounting for six of those.
Szewczyk had been undefeated entering Thursday’s quarterfinals, posting victories against Mario Toader, Ralf Souquet, Ciprian Gindac, and Albin Ouschan.
The 8-Ball Classic Championship is the third event of the four-tournament 2018 World Pool Series. This event will be held at the IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania from August 7th to 10th 2018. The World Pool Series is sponsored by Rasson, Aramith, Predator, Iwan Simonis, Tiger, and Kamui. Our suppliers and partners are Billiards Digest, CueScore, Outsville, and the WPA.
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