Sakai wins Hunter WPBA Qualifier

Miyuki Sakai

Japanese sensation Miyuki Sakai went undefeated to win the Hunter Classics Women's Tour stop at Legends Billiards in League City, Tx.

Sakai started the day on Sunday with a win over Michelle Cortez and then a 7-5 win over Tara McCracken for the hot-seat. Sakai and McCracken were tied at 5-5 before Sakai won the last two games to take the hot-seat.

Tara was not able to recover from the loss to Sakai and lost to Orietta Strickland on the one-loss side setting up the final match between Strickland and Sakai.

Sakai looked unstoppable early in the final match as she cruised to a 6-2 lead. However Strickland played her best game with her back to the wall and came out firing in balls from everywhere. With a flurry of jumps and kicks, Strickland clawed back to 6-5 down before Sakai finally sank the final 9-ball for the win.

Sakai collected $750 for first, as well as the qualifier for the WPBA Florida Classic. Strickland settled for $550 in second place prize money. McCracken and Leslie Anne Rogers filled out the top four spots.

1st Miyuki Sakai $750
2nd Orietta Strickland $550
3rd Tara McCracken $380
4th Leslie Anne Rogers $250
5th/6th Melinda Bailey, Michelle Cortez $150
7th/8th Helen Hayes, Heather Pulford $100