VERONIKA IVANOVSKAIA of Germany claimed victory at the EPBF St Johann Open on the ladies’ Euro Tour as she defeated Bojana Sarac (Serbia) by 7-3 in the final. It was her first-ever ET title after having come so close last time out in Tallinn where she went down 7-6 to Oliwia Zalewska in the title match. Ranked #18 coming into the tournament, Ivanovskaia will be climbing he rankings once they are recalculated shortly.
It was her third Euro Tour final and Ivanovskaia finally got over the line. She was naturally delighted with her performance.
“It feels incredible. I must say I’m overwhelmed with my emotions. After losing out in Estonia, a very special person – my fiancé and coach – told me that I’m on a very good wave and should just keep doing what I’m doing and always believe in myself and today I think I proved to myself that I have it in me’” she said.
Ivanovskaia had looked in control throughout the tournament, defeating a string of top players en route to the championship match. Entering the final, she found herself 3-1 down as Sarac asserted herself in the early stages. The German girl got the game back to 3-3 before edging out in front at 4-3.
In the next, Sarac worked her way through the table but lost position going from the 8 to 9.
She missed a tricky cut to take the rack and left the 9-ball hanging, allowing Ivanovskaia to take a two-rack lead at 5-3.Sarac took advantage of an illegal break in the next but once again, a poor positional shot from 8 to 9 saw her miss, and worse still, the cue ball scratched.
That left Ivanovskaia on the hill at 6-3. An illegal break from the Serbian girl, though, gave Ivanovskaia an opportunity for victory. The 5 ball though was blocked by the black 8 but a good safety saw her back at the table and she held her nerve to claim her first Euro Tour title.
Ivanovskaia added, “I’m feeling good, I’m playing well and I’m very excited for the future because I believe I’ve found my zone and I feel very comfortable under pressure.”
For the up-and-coming Sarac, it was her second Euro Tour final and second runners-up spot as she lost out in the same venue last year. Despite her obvious disappointment, there are clearly good things in store for her in the future.
“I played good throughout, up until the final. I made a few mistakes that cost me and she played great. I can’t say I felt anything but it was one mistake after the other. I felt good when I started coming back but I missed two 9-balls that I’m not supposed to and that’s pretty much it,” said Sarac.
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