Andres Petrov retained the Estonian National Snooker Championship in the capital city of Tallinn last weekend. It was the sixth time in succession that the 22-year-old has claimed the title.
The championship’s early rounds were split across dual venues – Club 147 Snooker and the Hill Hill Billiard Club. Qualification was held with eight spots available to join the top seven from the Estonian Snooker Premier League ranking list and reigning champion Petrov in the final 16.
Petrov didn’t lose a frame in defeating Tanel Kuusik (3-0) and former two-time winner Rafig Adigazalov (4-0) in the opening rounds. In a rerun of last year’s title match, Petrov recovered from 2-0 down to again deny Alexander Leitmäe 5-2 in the last four.
His opponent in the final this time around was Denis Grabe, a renowned pool player currently ranked 24th in the world rankings. Grabe secured his final berth following a rapid 48-minute 5-0 win over youngster Denis Sokolov in the semi-finals.
In an intriguing contest that was televised by Delfi TV – one of the biggest media companies in the Baltics – Petrov registered breaks of 125, 69 and 64 during a 6-3 victory.
Petrov is one of Eastern Europe’s most promising talents. In 2017 he reached the final of the EBSA European Amateur Championship in Cyprus where he lost to Chris Totten. During the same trip he also made the semi-finals of the under-21 event.
Many thanks to the Estonian Snooker Federation and Andres Petrov who assisted in compiling this article.
Article written and published by Michael Day on the 11th December 2018