Albin Ouschan Becomes Two-Time World Group Champion With Victory Over Kuwait’s Omar Al Shaheen At The Marshall Arena; the Austrian said: “I didn’t think for a moment about qualifying or the check but, of course, when you finish you think about it, and it’s very nice.”
Last Updated: 06/11/21 9:20 am
Austrian Albin Ouschan became a two-time World Group champion by defeating Omar Al Shaheen 13-9 in a high-quality final in Milton Keynes on Thursday.
Having won the Championship League in March, Ouschan is now number one in the world after claiming his second title of the year.
“When you say two-time world champion, it sounds amazing, and it really is,” said Ouschan, who takes home $ 50,000 and the newly commissioned world championship trophy, also engraved with his 2016 name.
“On the last shelf, you just want to be as easy as possible on every shot, so I was really happy that he went for 1-ball after I called push out. He left me a tricky shot, but after I did it all. it was opened and ready to take home. “
Ouschan won the delay and ran the first three racks before Al Shaheen won three in a row to tie the final at 3-3. The next six racks were also shared as the match came and went. Al Sheehen had a chance to extend to a two-frame lead 7-6 ahead, but lost his chance and Ouschan was able to level again.
Al Shaheen moved ahead again from 9-7 down, Ouschan found his best game and after leveling at 9-9 his momentum took him up the hill three racks ahead.
Breaking for the title at 12-9 up, the 2016 winner hit three balls but did not have a shot in 1. He played a push and Al Shaheen took it, but missed the shot with the cue sticking to the top bar. .
Ouschan made a nice cut to make 1 and after that it was a roadmap. The remaining five balls were eliminated with the kind of icy composure he’s known for, and Ouschan closed out the title.
“I think after the loss against Roberto, I thought well, what is going to happen next. But then I swallowed it and became stronger the next day.”
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“I had a very good start to the game and a very good finish, but the center section was a bit tough, but my hat is off to Omar who played a very good game,” he said.
“After the loss to Roberto Gómez I swallowed it and became strong the next day, and now I am here. I didn’t think for a moment about the ranking or the check, but of course when you finish you think about it, and it’s very nice. “
“Playing in a final is tough, a loose ball and you can lose,” said Kuwait’s Al Shaheen. “Albin played very well, I made a couple of mistakes, but I am totally proud and I know that all over the Middle East are very happy, and I am excited and proud about that.”
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