Andrey Suslov shoots 1427 series to win the qualifying in Russian Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #13

    Second-place Daniel Vezis of Latvia is the only non-Russian bowler in the top 12; score to make the cut in 42nd place is 1167 (194.50 average)

    2014EBT13AndreySuslov.jpg2014EBT13DanielVezis.jpgAndrey Suslov (pictured left) of Russia was the lone player in the Russian Open who surpassed the 1400-mark en route to win the qualifying and to lead a field of 48 players into the finals Sunday at Russian Field bowling center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Suslov led Squad 4 on Saturday morning with 1427 total, an average of 237.83, including games of 216, 217, 234, 248, 279 and 233. Russian bowlers dominated the 94-player, 80 men and 14 women, from nine countries (Belarus, Egypt, Finland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and the host country Russia) as Daniel Vezis (right) of Latvia was the lone non-Russian bowler in the top 12.

    Fresh of a second-place finish in the Brunswick Etna Open last week, the two-handed lefty, who led after day one qualifying, finished in second place with 1398.

    2014EBT13AlexanderEfremov.jpgIvan Semenov, one of three Russian European Bowling Tour titlists (2010, Pavlovskiy Posad Open) and Anton Zelenkov were next to Suslov in Squad 4 with 1367 and 1354 to secure their spots in the top 4, who will bypass the first two rounds of the finals.

    2014EBT13AlexanderMedveditskov.jpgAlexander Efremov (left), who led Squad 5 with 1350 and an average of 225.00, missed the top 4 by four pins to land in fifth place. Alexey Drojbin had 1344 in Squad 4, good for sixth place overall.

    Alexander Medveditskov (right) paced the sixth and last qualifying squad on Saturday evening with 1336 (222.67 average) including a 278 high game to finish seventh. Defending champion Maria Bulanova slipped from second to eighth place with 1333 including eight pins handicap each game.

    2014EBT13MariaBulanova.jpgThe 15-year-old Russian women's national team member (pictured left) became the youngest player ever to win an European Bowling Tour title when she defeated Mykhaylo Kalika of Ukraine, 420-413, to win the 2013 RedExpress Russian Open at the age of 14. Bulanova is the only woman in the field in the top 12 and one of nine, who survived the first cut.

    2014EBT13AndreyReva.jpgRounding out the top 12, who will receive a first-round bye were Andrey Reva (right, 1332), Igor Gorodnichiy (1329), Nikita Kuznetsov (1329) and Yan Korshak (1327).

    Alexandra Udem of Russia took the 42nd and last place to advance with 1167 and an average of 194.50. Those 42 will be joined in the finals by the top six players of the one-game Desperado Squad, which concluded qualifying on Saturday evening.

    Three women, Veronika Hudjakova, Latvia (235), Anastasia Mishkina, Russia (223) and Olga Tabachkova, Russia (214) as well as three men Petri Murto, Finland (232), Anatoly Ivanov, Russia (216) and Mohamed Essa, Egypt (214) shared those six spots.

    2014EBT13RussianOpenLogo_small.jpg The Russian Open is the 13th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the fifth out of nine EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season. The three-day event runs from Sept. 12-14 at 52-lane Russkoe Pole "Russian Field" bowling center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    The Russian Open offers total prize fund of 25.000 Euro with 2.500 Euro going to the winner, 2.200 to the runner-up and 2.000 and 1.700 Euro for the third and fourth place finishers respectively. Final cash spot is 48th place worth 200 Euro.

    Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 & 13 and concluded with the Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire event, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events.

    Total 48 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 14 including the top 42 players from the qualifying standings and the top 6 players from the Desperado Squad. The top 4 qualifiers earn two byes while qualifiers 5-12 receive a first-round bye.

    The first three rounds of the finals consist of four games scratch, which will cut the field to 30, 20 and then 8 players who will determine the champion in three match-play rounds over two game total pins. In each round the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, etc.

    The winners of the semifinal matches bowl for the title and the 2.500 top prize, while the losers meet in a roll-off for third and fourth place.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and nine Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.



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    2014 Russian Open - Standings after Qualifying

    Top 42 qualifiers plus the top 6 of the Desperado Squad advance to the finals. The top 4 qualifiers earn two byes, qualifiers 5-12 receive a first-round bye.