Chieh-Yu Chou wins 2009 Amway Cup

Chieh-Yu Chou

Taipei's Chieh-Yu Chou is the 2009 Amway Cup Champion.

Chou advanced from Group B in the group stages with a 4-1 record, only losing to qualifier Akimi Kajitani. Kajitani and #1 ranked WPBA Player Monica Webb also advanced from Group B.

As the #1 player in her group, Chou earned a bye in the first round of the single elimination stage of the event. While Chou was resting with the bye, a handful of dangerous opponents were eliminated from the event. 2007 Champion Xiao-Ting Pan lost to local favorite Yu Han and former WPBA #1 Kelly Fisher lost to Gerda Hofstatter.

The next round of play saw the remaining sixteen players in action. 2008 Champion Yuan-chun Lin was eliminated by another local favorite Hsian-Ling Tan, Monica Webb was beaten by Taipei's Shu-Han Chang, Shin-Mei Liu lost to Karen Corr and Jasmin Ouschan lost to Gerda Hofstatter.

The quarter finals saw Chou defeat Tan, Chang defeat another local favorite Xiao-Chi Lin, Karen Corr over Ga-Young Kim and Allison Fisher eliminating Gerda Hofstatter.

Chou cruised into the finals with a 9-3 win over Chang in the semi-finals, and Karen Corr earned a 9-5 win over Allison Fisher to book her place in the finals.

The final match was a real marathon lasting until midnight on Sunday night. Corr was looking for her first Amway Cup title after four years not competing in the event, while Chou was looking for the biggest title of her young career. Chou ran out to a 5-2 lead, but a miss on the 2-ball allowed Corr to get back into the match. Corr led 9-8 when a miscue on the 7-ball gave ball in hand to Chou and Corr could do nothing but sit and watch as Chou ran the final three racks for the 11-9 win.

Chou earned $20,000 for first place, while Corr took home $10,000 for second. Shu-Han Chang and Allison Fisher pocketed $5000 for 3rd place.