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IMMONEN VS. SOUQUET FOR $65,000
by Mike Mazek Jul 22, 2001, 11:43 AM EST

For the first time since 1996, a European player will take home the top prize in pool. The final of the 2001 Admiral World Pool Championship comes down to two Europeans - Finland's Mika Immonen and Germany's Ralf Souquet. The winner of today's final tilt will take home $65,000, while the loser will pocket $30,000.

Souquet, who won the World Pool Championship in 1996, coasted into the final match with wins over Marcus Chamat in the quarterfinals, and later Chia-hsiung Lai in Saturday evening's semifinal on the main table. During his two matches, Souquet outscored both of his opponents by a total margin of 22-3.

"It's not easy to be out there in the arena and play your best all the time but I think over the years, I've mastered playing on the TV tables," said Souquet, who beat Lai 11-2.

Immonen, meanwhile, had a more difficult time with his opponents on Saturday. He beat Niels Feijen, 11-7, in the quarterfinal, then rallied from a 5-2 deficit for another 11-7 win over Alain Martel in the semifinal.

"Me and Ralf have got a lot of respect for each other and he is a real gentleman," said Immonen. "We'll both be concentrating on our respective games and not worry about each other."

The final match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EST.



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