Ouschan wins WPBA Nationals

Jasmin Ouschan notched her second straight and third overall WPBA Classic Tour Title at the WPBA National Tour Championship held November 12 - 15 at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Ouschan was unbeaten moving into the final day of play and started Sunday with a TV Table match against Jeanette Lee. Lee, always a tough opponent, was in the drivers seat early with a 2-0 lead. Ouschan would fight back to tie the score at 4-4 and then went ahead 5-4 and 6-4 before Lee could win another game. Lee got back within one game at 6-5, but an Ouschan safety in the twelfth game led to ball in hand and Ouschan ran out for the 7-5 win.

The second semifinal match of the day saw #2 ranked Xiao Ting Pan taking on 2008 player of the year Kelly Fisher. On paper, this match looked to be in favor of Fisher as she had played dominating pool all week, while Pan had struggled in earlier matches. With that in mind, it was Pan who struck first and took an early 2-0 lead. Fisher would gamely fight back, but would be unable to close the gap in this match as Pan cruised to a 7-3 win and a spot in the finals.

Both Ouschan and Pan had a lot riding on this match. A Pan win would move her into first place on the WPBA Points list, while an Ouschan win would give her three titles this year and a frontrunner for player of the year. A close match was expected by all in attendance, but that was not meant to be on this day. While both players would break and run racks in this match, it was Ouschan who took advantage of Pan mistakes and scored a one-sided 7-2 win for the title. Ouschan's win also moved her ahead of Pan into second place on the WPBA points list.