On solely his second look within the occasion, 19-year-old William Bjerregaard Jakobsen defeated Jakob Lund Andersen 4-3 within the ultimate to win the 2021 Danish Nationwide Snooker Championship on the Copenhagen Pool and Snooker Home.
Organised by the Danish Billiard Union, a complete of 56 gamers entered this 12 months’s occasion within the capital metropolis, with the nation’s high 16 ranked gamers routinely positioned into the final 32 the place they met the qualifiers. First held in 1990, this was the thirty second version of the championship.
After receiving a walkover within the final 32, Jakobsen eradicated Carl-Emil Hartig Rysgaard 3-0 within the final 16, nationwide ranked primary and final 12 months’s runner-up Per Micki Christensen 3-2 within the quarter-finals and five-time Danish champion Allan Norvark 3-1 within the semi-finals.
On his strategy to the ultimate, Andersen ousted report 13-time champion Rune Kampe 3-2 within the final 16 after which eight-time defending champion Daniel Kandi by the identical rating within the final 4. Kandi – who registered a 147 on this occasion in 2018 – had not lengthy returned dwelling from the UK having taken half in Q College.
That includes two maiden finalists, the title match was a nervy and topsy-turvy affair with each gamers holding the lead and by no means greater than a body between them. Jakobsen got here again from 2-3 down, claiming the final two frames for a 4-3 victory to grow to be solely the eighth completely different winner of the occasion.
Jakobsen’s progress within the sport could be very notable. He started taking part in a Danish billiards recreation referred to as Skittlebillard when he was simply 4-years-old and briefly tried snooker when he grew to become a teen. After an absence from the baize, Jakobsen has returned to snooker over the previous 18 months and now trains between 60 to 80 hours per week within the hope of turning skilled sooner or later.
Following his triumph, Jakobsen – who’s from the small city of Vig and primarily hones his abilities on the Asnæs Grevinge Billiard Membership – mentioned “It feels so extremely good that every one my coaching has been profitable and that I achieved what I had set out for. It’s one thing surreal and an enormous reduction, whereas on the identical time I’m happy with my achievement. I sit up for representing Denmark in future tournaments.”
Article by Michael Day.