In the end, the only loss Chris Melling would sustain in his match against Ioan Ladanyi was a loss of concentration.
The Englishman jumped out to a big lead early and coasted to an easy 13-5 victory against Ladanyi in the semifinals of the World Pool Series 8-Ball Classic Championship at the IDM Club in Bucharest Friday morning. Despite the victory, Melling’s performance appeared shaky at times – admitting later that he struggled with focus as well as confidence during the session.
The Englishman opened the race-to-13 match with a break-and-run, then soon found himself ahead 6-0 after two dry breaks and three missed shots by Ladanyi. The Romanian got on the scoreboard after Melling overran position on the 6-ball then committed a foul in the seventh game. Melling appeared positioned to win the following game to take a 7-1 lead but watched as the cue ball took a bigger bounce off of the side rail than he anticipated and overran position on the 8-ball.
“I was brilliant but as soon as that happened I started questioning myself,” Melling said after the match. “The next two-or-three frames I didn’t know what I was doing.”
Ladanyi ultimately won that eighth game and had the opportunity to win the ninth but committed an unforced error. Melling used two breaks-and-runs and another error from his opponent to build an 11-3 lead. The Romanian continued to battle until the end, winning the 15th and 17th games, but eliminated any hope of a comeback when he scratched on the break in the 18th game.
The top four finish was an impressive showing for the Ladanyi. The Romanian lost his second match of the tournament to Russia’s Fedor Gorst, 11-9, then won five straight matches to reach the semifinals – including victories against former WPS champion Ruslan Chinahov and a rematch with Gorst in the quarterfinals.
“He’s a good player and I think he did Romania proud,” Melling said.
Melling will face the winner of the second semifinal between Jayson Shaw and Eklent Kaci scheduled to begin at 2 p.m local time., with the championship match slated for 6 p.m. local time.
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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