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Webb Takes First WPBA Title

Posted by insidepoolmag on November 17, 2008

Webb Takes First WPBA Title
WPBA Tour Championships / Hollywood, FL

by InsidePOOL Staff

Webb scored her first title on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association tour.

Webb scored her first title on the Women's Professional Billiard Association tour.

Monica Webb secured her first Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) championship title, winning their Tour Championships over top-ranked Kelly Fisher. The event was held November 13-16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL.

Webb’s undefeated tournament journey started with a 9-4 victory over Val Finnie. She then sent Ewa Laurance to the left side of the chart with a compelling 9-4 win, and Jeanette Lee was her next victim, falling in a tightly contested 9-7 match. In the final 16, she met young gun Anna Kostanian, and the two fought to hill-hill before Webb advanced to the quarterfinals.

Her opponent, the number-two ranked Karen Corr, took the first game of the match, but after that Webb took the next three for a 3-1 lead. They traded the next two games after a failed safety attempt by both, and then some back-and-forth play led to Webb going up 5-2 in the shortened race to 7. Corr got a shot on the 4 ball that was intended to be left safe by Webb, and she ran out to get back within two games. Webb left Corr an open shot on the 1 ball in the next, and Corr cleared the table, but Webb then reached the hill when Corr fouled on the 1 ball. After trading innings, Webb forced a foul from Corr on the 3 ball, and Webb took ball in hand to win the match 7-4.

Vivian Villareal and Xiaoting Pan played in another quarterfinal match that was neck and neck until the score reached 3 apiece. However, two critical errors by Pan put Villareal at 5-3 up, and then a failed safety attempt by Pan on the 5 ball gave Villareal the hill. Pan only took one more rack before Villareal, with a stunning one-rail massé kick shot on the 3 ball that ultimately led to her pocketing the 6-9 combo for the win.

Sarah Rousey, who defeated Allison Fisher again for the second time this year, reached the quarterfinals to match up with Gerda “G-Force” Hofstatter. Still high on her success, she took a commanding three-rack lead against the Austrian. Rousey missed a kick shot on the 3 ball in the next rack, and Hofstatter drew a bit closer, but Rousey rallied after trading safeties on the 2 ball and cleared to go up 5-2. Hofstatter’s bad luck continued as she hooked herself on the 5 and fouled, giving Rousey ball in hand and the hill. Hofstatter took the next rack when Rousey left her a peek at the 4 ball. It looked as though Hofstatter would win the following game, too, after Rousey clipped the 9 ball en route to the 2, but Hofstatter scratched on the 3 ball, and Rousey ran out to win 7-3.

In a brutal quarterfinal match that saw Kelly Fisher advance to the semifinals, Helena Thornfeldt never seemed to get composed throughout. A series of errors and rattled balls gave Fisher such an advantage, she was able to win the match in a wipeout 7-0.

Though it’s been 10 years since Villareal has won a title, her opponent in the semifinals, Webb, had never won one, and she was on a mission. However, Villareal is sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and was playing in their casino. It turned out to be a tight match. Though Webb took a three-rack lead from the get-go, Villareal got on the board when Webb, playing from a snooker behind the 7 and 8 balls, left Villareal an open table. Webb recovered to take advantage of a poor safety and go up 5-1. But if Webb was hoping for an easy victory at that point with two racks to go, she had another thing coming. Villareal fought back to come within a game to make it 5-4, but they traded the next two racks, with Webb reaching the hill. Villareal had the break advantage but missed a two-way shot on the 4-9. With an open table, Webb was able to dish up to make it to the finals 7-5.

“Kwik Fire” Fisher made short work of her semifinal opponent, Rousey, taking a 6-0 lead. A combination of bad luck and a couple of mistakes went against Rousey, and though the crowd was behind her, she was overpowered. In the seventh game Rousey broke, pocketed a ball, and cleared the table to get on the board 6-1. When Fisher rattled the 3 ball, it seemed as though Rousey might get another rack, but she didn’t have a clear shot. She kicked in the 3 but then was forced to play safe on the 4 ball and left it dead center. Fisher could see just enough to pocket it and then clear the rest of the table to win 7-1.

The final match between Fisher and Webb started off fairly evenly, with the first two racks being split. From there, though, Fisher took the next two games to go up 3-1. Unfazed, Webb broke and ran the next rack and then won a safety battle over the 1 ball to knot the score at 3 apiece. Webb missed a one-rail kick in the next, giving the lead back to Fisher, but she quickly tied it back up when Fisher scratched on the 8, leaving Webb only the 9 ball. A failed position shot on the 5 ball by Fisher put Webb in the lead for the first time in the match. When Fisher instigated a safety skirmish on the 1 ball in the following rack, it was she who ended up leaving Webb a shot and handing her the hill 6-4. Webb broke and played safe on the 2 ball; when Fisher kicked at it and left Webb a tricky shot, Webb opted to cross-bank it into the corner. She negotiated another difficult shot on the 3 to get excellent position on the 4, and from there, with four balls left, she painstakingly picked her way through to win her first WPBA title 7-4.

Results:
1st Monica Webb
2nd Kelly Fisher
3rd Sarah Rousey
Vivian Villareal
5th Helena Thornfeldt
Gerda Hofstatter
Xiaoting Pan
Karen Corr
9th Jeanette Lee
Anna Kostanian
Jennifer Chen
Ga Young Kim
Kim Shaw
Allison Fisher
Joanne Ashton
Melissa Herndon

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Kelly Fisher Earns New West Coast Billiards Title

Posted by insidepoolmag on October 6, 2008

Kelly Fisher Earns New West Coast Billiards Title
WPBA Pacific Coast Classic / Lincoln City, OR

by InsidePOOL Staff

Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher bested Vivian "The Texas Tornado" Villareal on the finals of the Women's Professional Billiard Association Pacific Coast Classic.

Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher bested Vivian "The Texas Tornado" Villareal on the finals of the Women"s Professional Billiard Association Pacific Coast Classic.

After a stunning, hotly contested final match, Kelly Fisher has emerged the champion of the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic. This four-day event was hosted by the Chinook Winds Casino & Resort in Lincoln City, OR, and boasted a full 64-player field.

In the first semifinal match, shorted to 7 for ESPN taping purposes, Monica Webb and Vivian Villareal faced off. It’s been ten years since the veteran Villareal has captured a title, and Webb has never taken first on the tour. Though Villareal broke in the first game, Webb ended up taking first blood after her opponent missed the 3 ball. A safety battle gave the advantage back to Villareal, who tied it up at 1-all despite a cell phone going off when she was getting down to shoot the 9.

Surprisingly, the first phone alarm was not enough to deter it from happening again, as Villareal was shooting the 6 ball in the third rack and was interrupted. Though disturbed, she continued on to clear the table and then took the next rack to go up 3-1. A scratch on the 2 ball by Villareal led to Webb drawing within a game after the following rack. However, a scratch on the break by Webb in the next gave Villareal back the two-rack advantage. Villareal then missed position on a safety on the 7 ball, putting Webb back in action to make it 4-3 Villareal. Though she won game 8, while trying for a break-out shot on the 5 and 8, Webb missed the 4 ball in the next rack, and Villareal cleared. She then reached the hill after a failed safety attempt by Webb, making it 6-4. An empty break by Villareal gave the table to Webb in the final rack, but she missed position on the 2 ball, and Villareal gained another inning. She ran out, showing off her shot-making skills, to win 7-4 and advance to the finals.

The second semifinal turned out to be a hill-hill nail-biter. Kelly Fisher scratched on the break in the first rack, and Karen Corr ran out to take the first game. Fisher countered in the next by winning the safety battle on the 1 ball. Several errors by Corr allowed Fisher to take the lead 4-2. Fisher broke and ran out the next rack to make it 5-2, and then Fisher reached the hill after a failed safety attempt on the 1 ball by Corr left her an out. Fisher came up empty on her next break, and Corr cleared to make it 6-3. Corr also notched the next rack: She pocketed a ball on her break but missed the 1 ball. Unable to see it, Fisher was forced to kick and left Corr a long shot, which she missed. However, Fisher scratched on the 2 ball, giving Corr ball in hand and another game.

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View the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic single elimination tournament brackets.

Another safety battle ensued in the following rack, with Corr maneuvering Fisher into a position where she fouled, again ending with Corr receiving ball in hand and a free rein, which she used to draw within a rack at 6-5 Fisher. Fisher got to the table when Corr came up dry on her next break, but Fisher, after fluking in the 6 ball, missed a defensive play on the 2 and left Corr a shot. Corr played out the dicey rack and made it a hill-hill encounter. Fisher made a ball on her final break and was faced with a long-rail bank on the 1, which she pocketed with aplomb. She picked through the rest of the balls to win the match 7-6 and advance to meet Villareal in the finals.

The final match was as closely contended as they come. It was touch and go from the start. Fisher ran out the first rack after a kick by Villareal on the 3 ball, but she missed a 5-9 combo in the next, and “The Tornado” tied it up. An easy 2 ball was missed by Villareal, and Fisher dished up, but then Villareal countered with a break and run-out. Not to be outdone, Fisher did the same, making the score 3-2 in her favor. A miss on the 4 ball in the next led to Villareal evening the score, and then she took the lead to make it 4-3.

Fisher capitalized on a missed 3 ball to make it an even match, but a determined Villareal took charge when Fisher came up dry on her next break, making it 5-4 in her favor. But Fisher had other ideas. Villareal took a swing at a 5-9 combo but missed, leaving an open table for Fisher in the following rack, and then Fisher reached the hill after each player exchanged innings on the 5 ball. Charged up for the win, Villareal ran out the final rack but missed the 9 ball. After studying it carefully, Fisher coolly banked it into the side for the 7-5 victory.

Results:
1st Kelly Fisher
2nd Vivian Villareal
3rd Monica Webb
Karen Corr
5th Xiaoting Pan
Allison Fisher
Kim Shaw
Yu Ram Cha
9th Jeanette Lee
Anna Kostanian
Iris Ranola
Line Kjorsvik
Gerda Hofstatter
Ga Young Kim
Sarah Rousey
Janet Atwell

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Four Ladies Return for Sunday Billiard Action

Posted by insidepoolmag on October 5, 2008

Four Ladies Return for Sunday Billiard Action
WPBA Pacific Coast Classic / Lincoln City, OR

by InsidePOOL Staff

Karen "The Irish Invader" Corr will be taking on Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher in the semifinals of the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic.

Karen "The Irish Invader" Corr will be taking on Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher in the semifinals of the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic

From a field of 64, only 4 ladies remain to vie for first place at the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic. Hosted by Chinook Winds Casino & Resort in Lincoln City, OR, this event concludes Sunday, October 5.

The final round of 16 began earlier Saturday evening, with half of the field coming in from the one-loss side and half from the winners’ side. Monica Webb found herself challenged by Janet Atwell but was too strong, advancing 9-7 to meet defending champ Allison Fisher in the quarterfinals. Fisher had ousted Sarah Rousey with a resounding 9-3 win. That momentum wasn’t enough, though, to carry Fisher through to the semifinals, for Webb defeated her after a tightly contested 9-7 match.

Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal, who took fourth at the WPBA Carolina Classic last month, advanced to the quarterfinals after a 9-4 drubbing of the tour’s number-four player Ga Young Kim. She played third-ranked Xiaoting Pan, who earlier wreaked revenge on Gerda Hofstatter and eliminated her 9-6. In the previous round, Hofstatter had sent Pan to the west side of the chart 9-6. On a roll, Villareal rolled right through Pan in the quarterfinals, going hill-hill with her before triumphing 9-8.

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View the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic single elimination tournament brackets.

Number-two-ranked Karen Corr returned from the one-loss side to challenge fellow former snooker player Kim Shaw after winning a 9-8 nail-biter over Line Kjorsvik. Corr suffered a surprising 9-6 loss in the first round to Kyoko Sone. Shaw pulled off a 9-4 defeat of U.S. Open runner-up Iris Ranola of the Philippines. In the quarterfinals, a determined Corr took charge of the match and surged through to win 9-5.

The last quarterfinal match featured the tour’s number-one-ranked player, Kelly Fisher, versus Yu Ram Cha. Interestingly, Fisher lost in the second round to Cha 9-7. To reach the quarterfinals, Fisher eliminated Jeanette Lee 9-4, while Cha sent Anna Kostanian packing 9-6. Fisher got her revenge, sending Cha home in a fifth-place tie by winning 9-5.

The two semifinal matches will feature Monica Webb versus Vivian Villareal and Karen Corr versus Kelly Fisher.

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Final Eight Ladies Set for Sunday Billiard Action

Posted by insidepoolmag on October 5, 2008

Final Eight Ladies Set for Sunday Billiard Action
WPBA Pacific Coast Classic / Lincoln City, OR

by InsidePOOL Staff

Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal, who took fourth at the WPBA Carolina Classic last month, advanced after a 9-4 drubbing of the tour’s number-four player Ga Young “Little Devil Girl” Kim.

Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal, who took fourth at the WPBA Carolina Classic last month, advanced after a 9-4 drubbing of the tour’s number-four player Ga Young “Little Devil Girl” Kim.

From a field of 64, only 8 ladies remain to vie for first place at the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic. Hosted by Chinook Winds Casino & Resort in Lincoln City, OR, this event will conclude Sunday, October 5.

The final round of 16 began earlier Saturday evening, with half of the field coming in from the one-loss side and half from the winners’ side. Monica Webb found herself challenged by Janet Atwell but was too strong, advancing 9-7 to meet defending champ Allison Fisher in the quarterfinals. Fisher had ousted Sarah Rousey with a resounding 9-3 win.

Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal, who took fourth at the WPBA Carolina Classic last month, advanced after a 9-4 drubbing of the tour’s number-four player Ga Young Kim. Villareal will match up against third-ranked Xiaoting Pan, who earlier wreaked revenge on Gerda Hofstatter and eliminated her 9-6. In the previous round, Hofstatter had sent Pan to the west side of the chart 9-6.

View the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic double elimination tournament brackets.

View the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic single elimination tournament brackets.

Number-two-ranked Karen Corr returns from the one-loss side to challenge fellow former snooker player Kim Shaw after winning a 9-8 nail-biter over Line Kjorsvik. Corr suffered a surprising 9-6 loss in the first round to Kyoko Sone. Shaw pulled off a 9-4 defeat of U.S. Open runner-up Iris Ranola of the Philippines.

The last quarterfinal match will feature the tour’s number-one-ranked player, Kelly Fisher, versus Yu Ram Cha. Interestingly, Fisher lost in the second round to Cha 9-7. To reach the quarterfinals, Fisher eliminated Jeanette Lee 9-4, while Cha sent Anna Kostanian packing 9-6.

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Kelly Fisher Toppled at Pacific Coast Classic

Posted by insidepoolmag on October 3, 2008

Kelly Fisher Toppled at Pacific Coast Classic
WPBA Pacific Coast Classic / Lincoln City, OR

by InsidePOOL Staff

Cha defeated Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher 9-7 at the Women's Professional Billiard Association Pacific Coast Classic.

Cha defeated Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher 9-7 at the Women's Professional Billiard Association Pacific Coast Classic

The second round of the WPBA’s Pacific Coast Classic saw Kelly Fisher taking a journey to the west side of the chart after a 9-7 defeat at the hands of Yu Ram Cha. Fisher, who took over the top spot on the WPBA’s ranking system two events ago at the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. Cha will next face Monica Webb, who just bested Lisa D’Atri in a 9-0 whitewash.

Allison Fisher, though, continues on in the winners’ bracket, having won her second match against Kim White 9-4. Her next match will be against Kim Shaw, who defeated Melissa Morris 9-7.

Two others near the top of the rankings and looking to move up, Ga Young Kim and Xiaoting Pan, also won their second-round matches. Kim triumphed 9-4 over Caroline Pao and will next face Janet Atwell, who defeated Val Finnie 9-6, while Pan easily swept through Gail Grecar 9-2 and will play Gerda Hofstatter in her next match.

Kyoko Sone, who delivered a first-round defeat to the tour’s number-two player Karen Corr, lost her second match to Line Kjorsvik 9-7. Kjorsvik will play Dawn Hopkins in the third round. Hopkins sent Laura Smith west with a hill-hill win.

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Iris Ranola, who surprised many with her runner-up finish at the U.S. Open this year, won her second match against Michell Monk 9-4 and advances to meet Vivian Villareal, who won 9-5 over Melissa Herndon. Young guns Anna Kostanian and Sarah Rousey are also set to meet in the third round, having won their matches over Belinda Calhoun and Helena Thornfeldt, respectively. And Jeanette Lee and Ewa Laurance are set to face off against each other in the third round by virtue of their respective wins over Melissa Little and Stacy Hurst.

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First Round Complete at WPBA Pacific Coast Classic

Posted by insidepoolmag on October 3, 2008

First Round Complete at WPBA Pacific Coast Classic
WPBA Pacific Coast Classic / Lincoln City, OR

by InsidePOOL Staff

Hurst managed to squeak by Nelson in the first round of the Women's Professional Billiard Association Pacific Coast Classic.

Hurst managed to squeak by Nelson in the first round of the Women's Professional Billiard Association Pacific Coast Classic

The first round at the WPBA’s Pacific Coast Classic, hosted by the Chinook Winds Casino & Resort in Lincoln City, OR, has wound down, with some surprising upsets along the way.

Perhaps the most surprising result of the first-round matches revolved around the match-up between Karen Corr and Kyoko Sone. Corr, currently ranked number two on the women’s tour, was sent to the one-loss side by the Japanese player with a decisive 9-6 score.

Tiffany Nelson also enjoyed a quick trip to the west courtesy of Southern California’s Stacy Hurst, who defeated her in a 9-7 upset. And Yu Ram Cha bested Montana’s Morgan Steinman in a match that didn’t see Steinman lodge a game on the scoreboard.

Otherwise, the top seeds have come through in the first round. Kelly Fisher, the tour’s number-one player, easily handled Irene Henry 9-2, while Allison Fisher bested Maureen Seto 9-1. Ga Young Kim, ranked fourth on the tour, had little trouble sending Supadra Boonpasook left 9-4, and third-ranked Xiaoting Pan won her match against Michelle Rakin 9-5.

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Runner-up at the WPBA’s last event, Iris Ranola of the Philippines shows every indication that she is here to stay, besting Melinda Huang 9-3. Her next opponent will be Michell Monk, who just defeated Megan Minerich in a double-hill nail-biter.

Up-and-coming Anna Kostanian breezed through her first match, dealing a 9-0 loss to Stephanie Mitchell, and will next play Belinda Calhoun, who earlier bested Brittany Bryant 9-3. Jeanette Lee had little trouble with Colorado player Bonnie Plowman, sending her west 9-2, while Ewa Laurance also won her match with a resounding 9-0 score.

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Ouschan Overpowers Lee to Take Carolina Classic Title

Posted by insidepoolmag on September 14, 2008

Ouschan Overpowers Lee to Take Carolina Classic Title
WPBA Carolina Classic / Durham, NC

by InsidePOOL Staff

Ouschan commanded Lee and Villareal during her matches on Sunday at the WPBA Carolina Classic.

Ouschan commanded Lee and Villareal during her matches on Sunday at the WPBA Carolina Classic.

In a stunning near-wipeout final match, Jasmin Ouschan of Austria has taken first place at the WPBA Carolina Classic over Jeanette Lee. This marks only the second championship title Ouschan has taken on the WPBA, the first being the 2006 EnjoyPool.com 9-Ball Championships in Las Vegas, NV.

Though Ouschan missed the 3 ball in the first game, she didn’t leave any easy options for Lee, who left Ouschan the opportunity to clear the table for the first point. Lee then came up empty on her break, and Ouschan carefully picked her way through to go up 2-0. A safety battle in the next game saw Ouschan again triumphing.

A rare missed jump shot by Ouschan gave Lee the chance to run the final few balls and get on the board 3-1, but her momentum was soon stumped by Ouschan, who broke and ran the next rack. Another dry break by Lee saw Ouschan return to the table in the sixth rack, but she missed the 3 ball. Lee, though, missed the 6 ball, as did Ouschan in her next inning. Left with a thin cut on the 6, Lee missed again, and Ouschan cleared the table to go up 5-1. The missed 6 ball apparently rattled Lee badly, for Ouschan was able to take control of the table in the next two games to win the title and tournament 7-1.

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View the WPBA Carolina Classic double elimination brackets

  Results:
1st Jasmin Ouschan
2nd Jeanette Lee
3rd Line Kjorsvik
Vivian Villareal
5-8th Karen Corr
Allison Fisher
Helena Thornfeldt
Xiaoting Pan
9-16th Kelly Fisher
Gerda Hofstatter
Sarah Rousey
Ga Young Kim
Anna Kostanian
Kyoko Sone
Dawn Hopkins
Miyuki Sakai
17-24th Jennifer Chen
Melissa Little
Tiffany Nelson
Melissa Herndon
Maureen Seto
Brittany Bryant
Monica Webb
Belinda Calhoun

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Ouschan Overpowers Lee to Take Carolina Classic Title

Posted by insidepoolmag on September 14, 2008

Ouschan Overpowers Lee to Take Carolina Classic Title
WPBA Carolina Classic / Durham, NC

by InsidePOOL Staff

Ouschan commanded Lee and Villareal during her matches on Sunday at the WPBA Carolina Classic.

Ouschan commanded Lee and Villareal during her matches on Sunday at the WPBA Carolina Classic.

In a stunning near-wipeout final match, Jasmin Ouschan of Austria has taken first place at the WPBA Carolina Classic over Jeanette Lee. This marks only the second championship title Ouschan has taken on the WPBA, the first being the 2006 EnjoyPool.com 9-Ball Championships in Las Vegas, NV.

Though Ouschan missed the 3 ball in the first game, she didn’t leave any easy options for Lee, who left Ouschan the opportunity to clear the table for the first point. Lee then came up empty on her break, and Ouschan carefully picked her way through to go up 2-0. A safety battle in the next game saw Ouschan again triumphing.

A rare missed jump shot by Ouschan gave Lee the chance to run the final few balls and get on the board 3-1, but her momentum was soon stumped by Ouschan, who broke and ran the next rack. Another dry break by Lee saw Ouschan return to the table in the sixth rack, but she missed the 3 ball. Lee, though, missed the 6 ball, as did Ouschan in her next inning. Left with a thin cut on the 6, Lee missed again, and Ouschan cleared the table to go up 5-1. The missed 6 ball apparently rattled Lee badly, for Ouschan was able to take control of the table in the next two games to win the title and tournament 7-1.

View the WPBA Carolina Classic single elimination brackets

View the WPBA Carolina Classic double elimination brackets

  Results:
1st Jasmin Ouschan
2nd Jeanette Lee
3rd Line Kjorsvik
Vivian Villareal
5-8th Karen Corr
Allison Fisher
Helena Thornfeldt
Xiaoting Pan
9-16th Kelly Fisher
Gerda Hofstatter
Sarah Rousey
Ga Young Kim
Anna Kostanian
Kyoko Sone
Dawn Hopkins
Miyuki Sakai
17-24th Jennifer Chen
Melissa Little
Tiffany Nelson
Melissa Herndon
Maureen Seto
Brittany Bryant
Monica Webb
Belinda Calhoun

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Finals Set at Carolina Classic

Posted by insidepoolmag on September 14, 2008

Finals Set at Carolina Classic
WPBA Carolina Classic / Durham, NC

by InsidePOOL Staff

Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee is going into her first WPBA final this year.

Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee is going into her first WPBA final this year.

Jasmin Ouschan and Jeanette Lee will face off in the final match of the WPBA Carolina Classic Sunday afternoon. This event is being hosted by the American Tobacco Historic District Campus in Durham, NC, and boasted a 64-player field.

Newcomer Ouschan and tour veteran Vivian Villareal met in the first semifinal of the afternoon. In the race to 7, shortened because of ESPN taping, Ouschan quickly took a 2-0 lead, almost pocketing the 9 ball on her break in the second rack. Villareal was forced to jump to make contact with the 1 ball in the third game, and she left the table wide open for Ouschan, who cleared it to go up another game. Though the Austria won the safety battle in the fourth rack, she lost the one in the following as Villareal ran out from the 4 ball to make it 4-1 Ouschan. The young Austria gained more ground with a break and run, and then, when Villareal played a weak safety in the next rack, she dished up to reach the hill 6-1. Only one more game and Ouschan was on her way to the finals for the second time at a WPBA event.

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View the WPBA Carolina Classic double elimination brackets

In the second semifinal match, Jeanette “The Black Widow” Lee and Line Kjorsvik of Norway had less of a lopsided bout. Lee took the first game after Kjorsvik missed the 6 and then broke and ran the next to take an early 2-0 lead. However, Kjorsvik countered, capitalizing on errors by Lee in two consecutive racks to draw even. They traded the next four games, which were peppered with safety battles, to make it 4-all. A nicely played 4-9 carom put Kjorsvik ahead briefly, but Lee quickly returned to form when Kjorsvik missed the 3 ball in the following game, allowing Lee to make it 5 apiece. Attempting to reach the hill, Kjorsvik ran out to the 9 ball but got out of line and missed, handing the hill to Lee instead. In the final rack, Kjorsvik was forced to jump to hit the 8 ball and left a tough long shot for Lee. Undaunted, Lee stepped up and coolly pocketed the 8 and 9 to reach the finals.

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Final Four to Return at Carolina Classic Billiards Event

Posted by insidepoolmag on September 14, 2008

Final Four to Return at Carolina Classic
WPBA Carolina Classic / Durham, NC

by InsidePOOL Staff

Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee will be facing Line Kjorsvik in the final four of the WPBA Carolina Classic.

Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee will be facing Line Kjorsvik in the final four of the WPBA Carolina Classic.

The final four ladies remaining in the WPBA Carolina Classic are set to return for Sunday’s matches, which will be taped by ESPN. In the first semifinal match will be Jasmin Ouschan versus Vivian Villareal, and the second semifinal match will feature Line Kjorsvik and Jeanette Lee.

Having gone through the winners’ bracket to reach the semifinals, Lee faced tough opposition, including My Hanh Lac and Anna Kostanian. In the final round of 16, she dusted Dawn Hopkins 9-1 to go on to face off with the WPBA’s number-two-ranked Karen Corr. Corr had just bested Japan’s Miyuki Sakai 9-5 but wasn’t prepared for Lee, who sent her home in a fifth-place tie 9-7.

View the WPBA Carolina Classic single elimination brackets

View the WPBA Carolina Classic double elimination brackets

Lee’s opponent will be Line Kjorsvik, back in action from a hiatus that hasn’t seemed to negatively affect her game. Kjorsvik was one of the few players who went undefeated through to the semifinals, having bested Anna Kostanian in a hill-hill match and then eliminating former number-one Allison Fisher 9-6 in the quarterfinals. Fisher also was undefeated to that point, having just come off a 9-5 win over Kyoko Sone in the final round of 16.

Jasmin Ouschan of Austria bounced back from a third-round loss to Sarah Rousey to return to the winners’ side and face off with Kelly Fisher, currently ranked number one on the tour. She soundly defeated “KwikFire” 9-4 to move on to her quarterfinal match with Xiaoting Pan. Pan had also made a return from the west side of the chart after her third-round loss to Line Kjorsvik 9-5 and routed Gerda Hofstatter 9-2. Up against Ouschan, though, she fell just shy, and Ouschan advanced 9-7.

Ouschan’s opponent, Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal returned from the one-loss side after Corr bested her 9-4 in the third round. She tackled Rousey and ousted her 9-2 to advance to play Helena Thornfeldt. “The Sledgehammer,” back from the one-loss side herself because of her 9-2 loss to Kelly Fisher in the third round. Though Thornfeldt made quick work of defending champion Ga Young Kim 9-3, she fell short in her double-hill match with Villareal.

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