All favorites through to final round at Swiss Open

On Day One of the Swiss 10-Ball Open in Gstaad, all favorites made their way to the final round. In 4 groups of approximately 20 players each, the top 4 players qualified for the single-elimination stage Saturday.

Group 4 was dominated by German World Games champion Souquet.

Group 4 was dominated by German World Games champion Souquet.

In Group 1 it was Michal Gavenciak from the Czech Republic who had no problems and won two easy matches. His fellow countryman Roman Hybler, who actually lives in Munich/Germany, followed him only minutes later. On the one-loss side it was the third well-known player in this group, Vincent Facquet from France, who took his last chance by eliminating Harry Perathoner.

Whilst England’s Imran Majid did not appear in Switzerland it was young gun Mario He of Austria who was in the driver’s seat in Group 2. Two very fast 9-0 and 9-3 wins let him go through to the final 32.

In Group 3 it was time for the Swiss players like Dimitri Jungo and Marco Tschudi. Both had no problems winning their matches to make it to the final round. Group 4 was dominated by German World Games champion Ralf Souquet. He only lost three games in two matches, so it was a very short appearance of “The Surgeon.”

Harald Stolka, former EuroTour champion from Germany, had a few more problems but finally had the better end in a very close match against Rolf Hollenstein.

All results, live scoring, and live streaming can be viewed on gstaadswissopen.ch.