Merckx first winner in tentative start of new season. One of the hardest things to do in 3-cushion is to beat Eddy Merckx in a final. Semih Sayginer can tell you all about it. The Belgian and the Turk played the final of the first UMB Virtual One Carom Challenge, and it was the Belgian who made a decisive run of twelve to claim the final win: 50 – 41 in 12.A few weeks ago, Dani Sánchez and Semih Sayginer played a try-out in this virtual format, as suggested by Spanish broadcaster One Sports TV. Two players use their home or club table and play a “virtual” match to 50 points, every inning starting with the break shot. It proved an attractive formula, and the UMB picked it up in an eight-player set up with a €1.000 player guarantee and symbolic first prize of € 1.000, second prize of € 500 and € 500 for the high run.Two groups of four were formed: The A group consisting of Jaspers, Tasdemir, Sayginer and Sánchez, the B group had Blomdahl, Merckx, Myung Woo Cho and Quyet Chien Tran. The two Asians, Sánchez and Jaspers were eliminated in the group stage: Blomdahl – Merckx and Tasdemir – Sayginer played the semifinals.The advantage of the break position resulted in averages well over 3.000 across the board. Sayginer and Jaspers shared the high run: 16. Merckx showed his amazing consistency by missing the break shot only once in 65 attempts. The Belgian averaged 3.830 over the event.
UMB, July 12th, 2020.
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