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was sunk As the decisive Ball, remained to him an embarrassed Smile. What else could it be? A cheering pose would have been to make Sport and the bow tie on the shirt collar as little appropriate as the role of the Defeated. So Alexander Ursenbacher looked at his opponent, almost apologetically, as he shook hands with him, and the two a few words exchanged.

Ursenbacher was just full of happiness. Finally, the 22-year-old Swiss in this 3 had. Round of the Welsh Open in Cardiff, not anyone to be defeated, but Ronnie O'sullivan, the five-time world champion, "The Rocket". The man he calls his Idol. The man who was the reason for this is that Ursenbacher at all for Snooker interested. When he started with 12 at the Snooker Club in Basel, was O'sullivan's third world champion. Over 10 million pounds in prize money, has earned the British from the Midlands in his career.

"this Time, I was the beetle"

"This is my biggest victory," said Ursenbacher. "I would not have thought to be able to beat him, but I have used my chances." After O'sullivan failed in the sixth Frame when you try to punch the yellow Ball, countered Ursenbacher, in turn, with a brilliant kick on Yellow. Shortly thereafter, he won the decisive fourth point and stand as the winner.

O'sullivan was delighted afterwards for the Aargauer from Rheinfelden. "Sometimes you're the beetle, and sometimes the windshield. This time I was the beetle," he wrote on Twitter. To said he said: "The better player has won. He has played some great balls, and I have to praise him. It's Fun to watch." The commentator of TV channel BBC cheered: "Here is a Roger ousted Federer from the front pages. Switzerland has a new Champion."

but the trees do not protrude, even after a sensational victory in the sky, had to recognize Ursenbacher on the same evening: In the eighth-final of the Welsh Open, he lost to the Chinese player Zhao Xintong 2:4. A bitter defeat: In the fierce struggle for a place in the professional field for the next season is Zhao, a direct competitor.

The Inkonstanz has always been a constant companion in the career of the only Swiss Snooker professionals. With 17 qualified Ursenbacher, for the first time for the main tour of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) with 128 professionals. His place must confirm every two years by advancing among the top 64 in the world, and this Ursenbacher 2015. In the meantime, he had lost 14 games in a row, he was number 119 in the world, and had barely earned more than 2000 francs.

brilliant sunk Alexander Ursenbacher the yellow Ball. Source: World Snooker via Twitter

Ursenbacher returned to Switzerland, but he was not disillusioned. On the tables in the Snooker club Basel in münchenstein, he trained alone, up to seven hours a day. He tried twice to recommend the qualifying tournament, Q-School again for the Tour, but without success. And yet, he tried it – the skepticism of his parents. His passion, he once declared: "Every Ball sunk, a small feeling of happiness. And the better you get, the more happiness you experience. It's like an Addiction."

The persistence paid off. 2017 Ursenbacher Cyprus U-21 European Champions and secured a starting place on the main tour. And since it went fast: The English Open, he defeated former world champion Shaun Murphy and joined in the semi-final. As the first German player ever. 20'000 pounds of goods to him, for sure, be so far the largest prize money.

Focus: Alexander Ursenbacher. Image:

But again he fell in a Deep, suddenly felt Ursenbacher pressure. In six tournaments in a row he was eliminated in the first round, four months he remained without prize money. "When I came on the Main Tour, I thought, I've done it now," confessed Ursenbacher once. Today he knows: "to establish, there is still much more difficult". Beautiful words of O’Sullivan may be good for the soul, for the future and only victories and pounds help.

Three months remain until the end of the season, three months, from its current Position 71 in the world rankings, shot on square 64 by expanding it. Otherwise, it would lose Ursenbacher the professional status of the WPBSA for the second Time. And then what? Last year he hinted: "I would not stop, but try again." (

Created: 15.02.2019, 18:47 PM

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