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“Kwikfire” goes undefeated to win second straight WPBA title

Kelly Fisher

Fresh off her undefeated win two weeks ago at the WPBA’s Northern Lights Classic in Minnesota, where she faced Allison Fisher for the first time in a final match since 2016, Kelly Fisher came to the CSI/Predator US Pro Billiard Series’ Alfa Women’s Las Vegas Open, held this past weekend (March 31-April 3) and went undefeated a second time to capture her second straight WPBA title. Though Allison Fisher was, once again, ‘in the house,’ the two did not meet up at this latest event. Allison was eliminated in the opening round of the single-elimination final phase to which they’d both advanced. The event drew 64 entrants to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The event was divided into two phases; an opening, 64-entrant, double-elimination Phase 1, followed by a 16-entrant, single-elimination Phase 2 that eventually crowned Kelly as the champion. The format was best-two-out-of-three races to 4. If the competitors were tied after two matches, a “spot shootout’ followed to determine the winner.

Kelly, who was in a 16-player, Phase 1 bracket that included eventual runner-up, Brittany Bryant, advanced to be among the eight winners’ side entrants in Phase 2 without having to play a third match. She played a total of 27 games against three opponents in Phase 1 and gave up only three of them, downing Sarah Kapeller (4-0, 4-1), Ashley Burrows (4-0, 4-0) and Cathy Metzinger (4-1, 4-1). To join Kelly in advancement to Phase 2, Bryant, in the meantime, had to play 44 games and lost 18 of them. She got by Anna Riegler and junior competitor Savannah Easton, both 4-2, 4-2, before facing Jennifer Baretta, who won the opening set 2-4. Bryant came back to win the second set and the “spot shootout,” both double hill.

Angela Ticoalu got by Jeannie Seaver, Nicole Keeney and Woojin Lee with an aggregate score of 24-15 to qualify for Phase 2, as did Susan Williams from the same 16-entrant section of the opening bracket. Williams sent June Maiers, Vang Bui Xuan and Joanne Ashton to the loss side to join Ticoalu in the winners’ side advancement to Phase 2.

Allison Fisher chalked up an even more impressive Phase 1 than Kelly had. She, too, advanced to Phase 2 without having to play a third match against any of her three opponents, downing Susan Wilbur, Veronique Menard and Naomi Williams and giving up only two racks (to Menard, in their second race-to-4). Kyoko Sone joined Allison in advancement to Phase 2 from the same 16-entrant section of the opening bracket, downing Sandy Badger, 13-year-old junior competitor Sofia Mast and Amalia Matas Heredia.

Rounding out the field of eight winners’ side competitors to advance to Phase 2 were Jasmin Ouschan and Line Kjorsvik. Ouschan got by two of her opponents without having to play a “spot shootout” third match, downing Tamami Okuda 4-2, 4-1 and Beth Fondell 4-1, 4-2, before splitting her first two against Mary Tam 1-4, 4-3. Ouschan won the shootout 3-2 to advance. Kjorsvik did not play a third, tie-breaking “spot shootout” against any of her first three opponents either, joining Ouschan in advancement after defeating Gigi Callejas (4-1, 4-2), Camille Campbell (4-2, 4-0) and Melissa Helland (4-0, 4-1).

After five losers’ side rounds, Kaylee McIntosh, Woojin Lee, Angela Janic, Heather Cortez, Melissa Helland, Mary Tam, Amalia Matas Heredia and Ashley Burrows joined the eight winners’ side competitors in advancement to Phase 2, which in some ways, was notable for those left behind as much as for those who advanced. Among those who failed to make the cut were long-time WPBA veterans (in no particular order) Stephanie Mitchell, Teruko Cucculelli, Monica Webb, Jeannie Seaver, Liz Cole, Kim Newsome, Emily Duddy, Dawn Hopkins, Loree Jon Brown, Janet Atwell and Caroline Pao. It should also be noted that while both 13-year-old junior competitors, Sofia Mast and Skylar Hess, failed to advance, one (Mast) fell to an opponent (Angela Janic) who was among the final 16 and the other (Hess) was eliminated by someone (Cucculelli) who arguably should have been. It was the first appearance for these two extraordinarily talented and professionally-composed young women and WPBA competitors should be on notice that these two will be back and barring any unforeseen life changes, for many years to come.

The Final Four in this event competed in plenty of time for those so inclined to turn their attention to the NCAA Final Four, which got started well after the four ladies in Vegas got underway at about 2 p.m. on Saturday. It was an International Final Four, which was absent representation from the United States.  Kelly Fisher, representing the UK was matched up against Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan. Spain’s Amalia Matas Heredia, who, in February, chalked up her first win on the European Ladies’ Tour, faced Canada’s Brittany Bryant.

Kelly Fisher had kept her no-third-match streak going through the opening round against Heather Cortez, whom she defeated 4-1, 4-0 before drawing Angeline Ticoalu, who took the opening set against Fisher 4-2. Fisher came back to win the second set 4-1 and then, in something of a nail-biter, the “spot shootout” 6-5. Ouschan, who got by Kaylee McIntosh 4-0, 4-1 in the opening round of Phase 2 had her own nail-biter in the second round, where she won two straight double hill fights against Kyoko Sone to draw Kelly.

Advancing to the other semifinal, Bryant had played 24 games against two opponents, eliminating Woojin Lee 4-2, 4-1 and then Ashley Burrows 4-2, 4-3 to advance. Heredia proved to be Allison Fisher’s downfall in the opening round of Phase 2. Fisher took the opening set, double hill, but Heredia came back to win the second set and the “shootout,” double hill. Heredia went on to down Mary Tam 4-1, 4-3 to pick up Bryant.

Kelly Fisher downed Ouschan 4-2, 4-1 in their semifinal matchup. She was joined in the finals by Bryant, who’d defeated Heredia 4-2, 2-4 and 4-2 in the “shootout.” 

It’s not hard to imagine Fisher’s “I’ve got this,” and Bryant’s “Uh, oh, trouble right here in Sin City” when Fisher shut Bryant out in the opening set of the final. It’s also not hard to imagine the spectator’s rooting for Bryant in the second set when she and Kelly finished the 6th game, tied at 3 apiece. Fisher, though, completed her undefeated run by winning the second set to claim the event title.

Tour representatives thanked the ownership and staff at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, as well as sponsors and partners the WPBA, Alfa Coin, CueSports International, Predator Group, Kamui, Seybert’s, Medalla Light, Rums of Puerto Rico, BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League.

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Zlateva Books Her Place In Woman’s VG 9-Ball Finals Brackets; Chien Competes On Friday

After one day of play at the Woman’s Poison VB 9-Ball Championship, Bulgaria’s Kristina Zlateva has booked her place in the final six player bracket. Zlateva went undefeated on Thursday, with wins over Monica Webb, Eugenia Gyftopoulos and Turkey’s Eylul Kibaroglu. Kibaroglu had wins over Webb and Gyftopoulos on Thursday and will hope to earn one of the two wildcard spots when group play is complete. 

Day two of the event on Friday will see another four players competing in round robin play, with Taipei’s Wei Tzu Chien, Japan’s Yuki Hiraguchi, Indonesia’s Angeline Ticoalu and Belarus’s Yana Halliday all in action. 

All of the ladies will be competing in 8 racks of 9-ball against the ghost, hoping to run more balls than their opponent. The top finisher in the four player group will earn her place in the final bracket, with two wildcards who don’t win their groups also making the final bracket. 

Play begins at 1:00 PM Eastern Time and can be followed online at https://www.facebook.com/CueItUpPodcast

Amway Cup Day 2 – Surprising Whitewash on TV Table

Kelly Fisher (Photo courtesy of Samuel Lai)

The Amway eSpring International Women 9-Ball Championship 2017 continued its action today (Mar 3 local time) at the Taipei Gymnasium.  All matches in the round robin stage were completed, with the leader of the respective group advancing directly into the last 16, while the players in second and third place will have to play in the last 24.
 
FURY sponsored Kelly Fisher (GBR) won the last match on the TV table against WEI Tzu-Chien (TPE) to gain a direct entry to the last 16 of the tournament.  Kelly was one of the players that had 4 wins in her respective group after the initial round robin stage.  Wei and Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER) came in as 2nd and 3rd place respectively in Group H, hence advancing to play in the round of last 24.
 
Sandy LIU ShaSha (CHN) and Angeline Ticoalu (INA), the other two FURY sponsored players, were drawn into the same group.  They finished off 2nd and 3rd respectively in Group B, thus advancing into the last 24.  Even though Sandy was leading most of the time throughout the stage, Allison Fisher (GBR) took her down on TV table to equal their scores in games and had a better rack-difference to snatch the first place and advanced directly into the last 16.
 
In Group D, PAN XiaoTing (CHN) was another player that had 4 wins after whitewashing the three times Amway Cup champion and the local favourite Rita CHOU Chieh-Yu, giving as much pleasure as well as shock to the audience both at the stadium and on TV.  During an interview earlier on, Pan reviewed that this was a match long expected, while the result was a pleasant surprise as she expressed in the post-interview.  Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) came in as third and will follow Rita into the next round.
 
In the other groups, despite the fact that Jasmine Ouschan (AUT) lost to the defending champion Chezka Centeno (PHI) yesterday, Jasmine had more wins in the end and therefore became first place in Group A.  Chezka finished second after making a couple of critical errors to lose two hill-hill matches against Kristina Tkach (RUS) and WU Hsiso-Wen (TPE).  Wu successfully made it into the last 24 after qualifying from stage 1.
 
Japanese leading lady Chihiro Kawahara had a rough ride in Group C, with only one win against Claudia Von Rohr (SUI), the new face in the tour.  All of the other three players had the same result of 3 wins, but in the end it was Karen Corr (IRL) that secured a seat in the last 16 with a 2-rack difference.  FAN Yu-Hsuan (TPE), who had made her appearance in stage 2 through qualifiers, fell short marginally by one rack against her local senior CHEN Ho-Yun.
 
Current world #1 Han Yu (CHN) gave no chance to HSIEH Yu-Wen(TPE) on the TV table yesterday, then went on to win all the matches in Group E.  HSIEH, who came through from the Taiwanese qualifier, and LEE Woo-Jin, the rising star from South Korea that made her way through stage 1, were on the same page before their last encounter with each other.  In the end, it was HSIEH that had a better day, turning an hill-hill excitement into an entry ticket to the last 24 for herself, leaving her opponent out of the tour.  Two times world champion Rubilen Amit (PHI) finished second in the group.
 
KIM Ga-Young (KOR) stood out in Group F with 4 straight wins, thus advancing to the last 16.  For the remaining players, it was a close call amongst Natalia Seroshtan (RUS), CHEN Chia-Hua and qualifier Bean HUNG Meng-Hsia, with all three of them winning 2 games and losing 2.  Natalia was the lowest one after rack counts and therefore the two Taiwanese girls went through to the last 24.
 
It was not exactly a joyride but CHEN SiMing (CHN) still surfed through Group G by winning all of her matches.  Twice Amway Cup winner LIN Yuan-Chun had a close one, lost in the decider against Chen, but still managed to win all of her other matches to go through to the next stage.  Kristina Grim of Germany, who took down qualifier KUO Szu-Ting (TPE) on the first TV match yesterday, came third in the group.
 
Upon the completion of the last match on the day, all players gathered at the TV table to draw for the positions tomorrow in the last 16 to 24 stage.
 
Round-robin stage Results & Draw for last 16 to 24 stage: click here

Ga-Young Kim takes the crown in the China Open

Ga Young Kim (Photo courtesy of Alison Chang)

Ga-Young Kim ousted the favorite Austrians Jasmin Ouschan and Ho-Yun Chen of Chinese Taipei from the tournament with 9:5, 9:6 victory in the single elimination.
 
In the semi-finals, Kim had a deal with Han Yu of China. Han was unlucky and made some dry breaks and illegal breaks, and Kim was played decent, won the match with 9:3 to make into the final. It was like a little revenge, Kim had lost to Han Yu in the final last year.
 
Fu Xiaofang made her way with smashed Angeline Ticoalu (INA) 9:0 in her first match in the single elimination. She defeated the new young Nation Team member Liu Yuchen with 9:7 in the quarter-finals, then to overpower Chen Siming in the semi-final with 9:4. That earned her a seat in the final match.
 
The final match played between Fu Xiaofang and Ga-Young Kim, the "Little Devil Girl". Both of them played well. Two of them break & clear every rack to 3:3. In rack 7, Kim missed the 6-ball, Fu cleared the table up to 4:3. Then Fu missed the 1-ball after her breaking rack in the rack 12, Kim take her chance to clean the table to get a 7:5, lead 2 racks plus kiss 9 in rack 13. Even Fu clear next rack still wouldn't save her match, Kim took down Fu with 9:6 to be the Champion of China Open 2015.
 
“I didn’t give up, I tried hard to maintain my confidence. I am enjoy the result. Seven years since I first played in this tournament in Shanghai, I finally WIN!” Said Ga-Young with smile after the match.

China Open Day One Results

We have very limited information coming out of China. What we have at this point is the results from the first day of matches:

 

2015 CHINA OPEN RESULTS – Day 1

MEN

Group A – First Round

Carlo Biado PHI / Chen Shuangyou CHN 9/6

Lee Van Corteza PHI / Oi Naoyuki JPN 9/4

Zhu Hongming CHN / Daryl Peach GBR 9/8

Chu Binjie CHN / Thorsten Hohmann GER 9/6

Loser’s Side

Oi Naoyuki JPN / Chen Shuangyou CHN 9/3

Thorsten Hohmann GER / Daryl Peach GBR 9/6

Winner’s Side

Lee Van Corteza PHI / Carlo Biado PHI 9/6

Chu Binjie CHN / Zhu Hongming CHN 9/5

Group B – First Round

Fu Jianbo CHN / Johann Chua PHI 9/4

Dang Jinhu CHN / Jeong Young Hwa KOR 9/6

Fu Zhewei TPE / Bashar Hussein QAT 9/7

Albin Ouschan AUT / Alejandro Carvajal CHI 9/6

Loser’s Side

Johann Chua PHI / Jeong Young Hwa KOR 9/7

Bashar Hussein QAT / Alejandro Carvajal CHI 9/8

Winner’s Side

Dang Jinhu CHN / Fu Jianbo CHN 9/2

Fu Zhewei TPE / Albin Ouschan AUT 9/8

Group C – First Round

Niels Feijen NED / Alexander Kazakis GRE 9/4

Marc Bijsterbosch NED / Enrique Rojas CHI 9/4

Jeffrey Ignacio PHI / Toru Kuribayashi JPN 9/5

Nick Economopoulos GRE / Karol Skowerski POL 9/6

Loser’s Side

Enrique Rojas CHI / Alexander Kazakis GRE 9/4

Toru Kuribayashi JPN / Karol Skowerski POL 9/5

Winner’s Side

Marc Bijsterbosch NED / Niels Feijen NED 9/8

Jeffrey Ignacio PHI / Nick Economopoulos GRE 9/4

Group D – First Round

Warren Kiamco PHI / Zhou Long CHN 9/7

Ralf Souquet GER / Mateusz Sniegocki POL 9/8

Fan Zhisong CHN / Denis Grabe EST 9/8

Darren Appleton GBR / Moh Ali Pordel IRI 9/2

 

Loser’s Side

Mateusz Sniegocki POL / Zhou Long CHN 9/7

Denis Grabe EST / Moh Ali Pordel IRI 9/7

Winner’s Side

Warren Kiamco PHI / Ralf Souquet GER 9/8

Darren Appleton GBR / Fan Zhisong CHN 9/3

Group E – First Round

Zhong Yulong TPE / Wen Yu NZL 9/4

Mika Immonen FIN / Justin Cambell AUS 9/8

Wu Jiaqing CHN / Hamzaa Moh Saeed Ali ERI 9/5

Wang Can CHN / Radoslaw Babica POL 9/4

Group F – First Round

Li Hewen CHN / Jalal Yousef VEN 9/3

Do Thekien VIE / John Morra CAN 9/6

Francisco Diaz Pizarro ESP / Hunter Lombardo USA 9/5

David Alcaide ESP / Liu Haitao CHN 9/4

Group G – First Round

Do Hoang Quan VIE / Shane Van Boening USA 9/3

Karl Boyes GBR / Jason Klatt CAN 9/7

Xu Kailun TPE / Moh Hasan Al Hosani UAE 9/5

Xu Xiacong CHN / Dennis Orcullo PHI 9/6

Group H – First Round

Zhen Yuxuan TPE / Zang Ronglin TPE 9/8

Ke Bingzhong TPE / Matthew Edwards NZL 9/6

Nick Van Den Berg NED / Jassem Al Hasawi KUW 9/4

Ke Bingyi TPE / Aloysius Yapp SIN 9/6

WOMEN

Group A – First Round

Liu Shasha CHN Bye

Kawahara Chihiro JPN / Annette Grigg AUS 7/1

Wang Xiaotong CHN / Chai Zeethuey 7/1

Bai Ge CHN Bye

Winner’s Side

Liu Shasha CHN / Kawahara Chihiro JPN 7/1

Bai Ge CHN / Wang Xiaotong CHN 7/3

Group B – First Round

Pan Xiaoting CHN Bye

Park Eunji KOR / Sh Enkhsetseg MON 7/1

Kuo Siting TPE / Wuang Chen CHN 7/6

Allison Fisher GBR Bye

Winner’s Side

Pan Xiaoting CHN / Park Eunji KOR 7/1

Allison Fisher GBR / Kuo Siting TPE 7/3

Group C – First Round

Kelly Fisher GBR Bye

Wesolowska Katarzyna POL / B Uyanga MON 7/2

Gao Meng CHN / Karen Corr IRL 7/6

Lin Yanjun TPE Bye

Winner’s Side

Kelly Fisher GBR / Wesolowska Katarzyna POL 7/3

Lin Yanjun TPE / Gao Meng CHN 7/5

Group D – First Round

Angeline Ticoalu INA Bye

Oliwia Czuprynska POL / Keiko Yukawa JPN 7/4

Claudia Kunz SUI / Natalia Seroshtan RUS 7/5

Kim Ga Young KOR Bye

Winner’s Side

Angeline Ticoalu INA / Oliwia Czuprynska POL 7/5

Kim Ga Young KOR / Claudia Kunz SUI 7/4

Group E – First Round

Chen Siming CHN Bye

Liu Xinmei CHN / Chen Chunzhen USA 7/4

Hyun Jiwon KOR / Molrudee Kasemchaiyanan NZL 7/4

Zhou Jieyu TPE Bye

Winner’s Side

Chen Siming CHN / Liu Xinmei CHN 7/5

Zhou Jieyu TPE / Hyun Jiwon KOR 7/3

Group F – First Round

Chen Heyum TPE Bye

Chen Xue CHN / Wu Zhiting TPE 7/4

Doanthi Ngocle VIE / Wu Jing CHN 7/4

Fu Xiaofang CHN Bye

Winner’s Side

Chen Heyum TPE / Chen Xue CHN 7/6

Fu Xiaofang CHN / Doanthi Ngocle VIE 7/3

Group G – First Round

Rubelin Amit PHI Bye

Zhou Doudou CHN / Jasmin Ouschan AUT 7/1

Chezka Centeno PHI / Zheng Xiaochun CHN 7/4

Wei Ziqian TPE Bye

Winner’s Side

Zhou Doudou CHN / Rubelin Amit PHI 7/3

Wei Ziqian TPE / Chezka Centeno PHI 7/5

Group H – First Round

Liu Yichen CHN Bye

Su Yiyun TPE / Tan Huiming SIN 7/1

Jiang Teng CHN / Choi Sollip KOR 7/4

Yu Han CHN Bye

Winner’s Side

Liu Yichen CHN / Su Yiyun TPE 7/2

Yu Han CHN / Su Yiyun TPE 7/3

Yuan-Chun Lin wins her 2nd Amway Cup title

Taipei – The championship game of 2015 Amway eSpring International Women 9-Ball Championship in Taipei Gymnasiums was between Yuan-Chun Lin from Taiwan and Rubilen Amit from Philippines. The final was tense and close, went up from 3:3, 5:5 and 9:9 until Lin broke the tie to take the lead and game point 10:9. In 20 racks, Lin broke and missed one ball, but was able to come back to the table and won the game after Amit's fatal error on the 3-ball. Lin's second Amway Cup trophy with the final score 11:9 brought her a prize of $34,000. 
 
Although being struggling throughout recent years, Yuan-Chun Lin had her first challenge in the tournament, to play Kelly Fisher in the quarterfinal. Lin's 5:1 early lead turned 7:6 after multiple misses and illegal breaks, but she gathered up and advanced 9:6. 
 
The young talent from China Liu Yuchen was Yuan-Chun Lin's semifinal opponent. Lin trailed for most time of the game and was 8:9 behind, one game shy of elimination. The next game Lin took her chance from her opponent's illegal break and ran out the deciding game. For the second time Lin entered the final of Amway Cup after her championship run of 2008. 
 
The other semi was between Rubilen Amit and Angeline Ticoalu from Indonesia. The score was 9:1 as Amit cruised into the final, which was her second appearance after 2007's runner up.
 
Yuan-Chun Lin says after the final she felt "offended" when the ‘Taiwan Sports Lottery’ gave her 1-50 rate for winning the trophy before the tournament. She was on a mission to prove something and took a step at a time in games. Her fantastic performance in front of a huge home crowed plus a little bit of luck brought her the champion and confidence as well. 
 
The 30 years old Taiwanese has a long career and plays Amway Cup since 2004. Four year later she won the 2008 Amway Cup which was her greatest moment in her career. The next year her 14 consecutive winning streak in the tournament ended in the game against her fellow Ho-Yun Chen. After that Lin did not achieve much and last year's loss in the group stage almost destroyed her confidence. 
 
This much needed trophy could be a topping point of Lin's career. She thanked all for not letting her give up and honored her passed enlightenment coach. She's also planning to use to prize to open a pool hall where she can practice in her own place. 

An Epic Worthy of A Final

Kim, Fisher, Photo courtesy of Pan Yulong

(Shenyang, China)–Korea’s Ga Young Kim and Great Britain’s Kelly Fisher are two giant names in today’s world of women’s professional pool. And today, as the 2012 Women’s World 9-ball Championship entered the knockout stages, the two put on a show that will surely enhance their reputations many fold for years to come.

Kim is a two time former world 9-ball champion and US Open champion who  lights up arenas wherever she plays. Besides her prodigious talents on the table, Kim is about as good an ambassador as the sport will ever find. In addition to her native tongue, she speaks fluent Chinese and English. And her looks, charm and fashion sense are impeccable.

With her rugged looks and style, world number 2 Fisher can appear at first to be almost the antithesis of Kim. But the affable Brit is just as deadly on the pitch, and just as nice off of it.

So when the two met up today in the round of 32 inside the ultra hip Richgate Shopping Center here in Shenyang, the match had the feel of a finals showdown.  For some reason the organizers decided not to put this match on the TV table, and instead stuck the pair in the very back of the 2nd floor trade hall where all the outside table matches have been played.  Perhaps it was just as well because the barebones setting gave the match the feel of a back alley brawl, which is what it turned out to be.

The few dozen fans squeezed into the small space who watched the pair slug it out will not soon forget what they saw. Both players, who know each other’s games well,  played their usual manner of fast and aggressive pool. And they combined that fan-friendly style by playing just about as perfect as one could play over the course of 17 racks.

Up early, Kim, fiery and intense, continually repulsed every effort by Fisher to grab the lead. Along the way,  Kim continually pushed her lead up then always saw it shrink back again. The pair executed one amazing shot after the next, as if the contest was a great heavyweight fight of years past, where every bomb was answered with another bomb back.   Stellar banks, pots off kicks, lock down safeties, great escapes, you name it; this was championship 9-ball at its best.

Eventually Kim found herself on the hill, up 8-6. But Fisher would have the last laugh, as she pounced on Kim’s one missed shot in the match, in the last rack, and took a 9-8 win, to move into the final 16.

“That was one of the best matches I’ve ever played,“ an obviously ecstatic and relieved Fisher said afterward. “The standard was so high. I had to play that good to beat her because when she’s on fire, she’ll kill me. She has in the past.”

Fisher has to like her chances as the world championship heads into the last two days, but with the quality of the field remaining, she knows the deal.

“Just give 100% and hope that the luck is on my side,” she said. “I can win here. But this is 9-ball and anything can happen. I just have to take it one match at a time.”

Fisher will now face the lone American entry in this year’s championship, Monica Webb,  on Wednesday. Webb came off the losers side in the group stages today and took down China’s Bai Ge in the round of 32, 9-4 in a fairly sloppy match.

The remaining two days are shaping up to be a fascinating slugfest of epic proportions as the race to the world title intensifies. Unlike last year where the Chinese had already taken over by the final 16, this year the remaining field is much more varied; six Chinese, four Taiwanese, two Brits, 2 Japanese, 1 Korean and 1 American.

China had 33 players in the field of 64 but the six remaining are all capable of taking the title. 18 year old Chen Siming looks like she is going to be very difficult to stop. First out on the TV table today, world number 1 Chen demolished former world champion Shin Mei Lui of Tawain, 9-3.  2010 World 9-ball Champion Fu Xiao Fang, and 2009 World 9-ball Champion Liu Shasha  also looked ready for glory as they easily won their matches.

One of the surprises of the day came when Japan’s Sone Kyoko shocked the home town fans by defeating defending champion Bi Zhu Qing of China 9-7 on the TV table. Kyoko will join compatriot Chichiro Kawahara in the round of 16 after Kawahara easily beat the Philippines’ Rubilen Amit, 9-2.

Hall of Famer and four time world 9-ball champion Allison Fisher made it a bummer of a day for the Philippines, as she knocked out Iris Ranola, 9-6.

The contingent from Taiwan is looking very strong so far, especially 2008 World 9-ball champion Lin Yuan Chun and two time and current Amway champion Chou Chieh Yu, who both advanced today.

Two dark horses fans should look out for are Korea’s Park Eunji and China’s Yu Han. Yu made it to last year’s semi-final where she barely lost to Chen Siming. Yu is quietly playing strong pool and can beat anyone in the field.  Park is surely a bit of a longer shot but this stylish young lady seems to have a knack for finding the finish line.

The round of 16 begins Wednesday in Shenyang at 10am local time(GMT +8). The field will be down to four after tomorrow’s play. The semi-finals and finals will take place on Thursday June 21. The winner will receive $40,000 while the runner up gets a check worth $20,000. The total prize fund is $160,000.

The WPA will be providing full coverage of all the action from the 2012 Women’s World 9-ball Championship in Shenyang on our website,www.wpapool.com. There you can get all the latest updates with live scoring of all matches, articles offering insights and analysis, updated brackets and photos. Fans around the world can also follow the tournament via the WPA Twitter feed, @poolwpa.

Round of 16 Matches
Wednesday June, 20, 2012
Race to 9, Alternate Break

Chen Siming(CHN) vs. Chichiro Kawahara(JPN)
Lin Yuan Chun(TPE) vs.Fu Xiao Fang(CHN)
Yu Han(CHN) vs. Li Jia(CHN)
Tsai Pei Chen(TPE) vs. Shou Chieh Yu(TPE)
Sone Kyoko(JPN) vs. Park Eunji(KOR)
Kelly Fisher(GBR) vs. Monica Webb(USA)
Allison Fisher(GBR) vs. Tan Ho Yun(TPE)
Chen Xue(CHN) vs. Lui Shasha(CHN)

 
Day 2 Results, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Round of 32 Knockout Stage. Race to 9, Alternate Break

Chou Chieh Yu(TPE) 9 – 7 Lin Hsiao Chi(TPE)
Li Jia(CHN) 9 – 4 Han Fang(CHN)
Lin Yuan Chun(TPE) 9 – 4 Line Kjorsvik(NOR)
Chen Siming(CHN) 9 – 3 Liu Shin Mei(TPE)
Yu Han(CHN) 9 – 4 Ren Qiuyue(CHN)
Fu Xiao Fang(CHN) 9 – 4 Wei Tzu Chien(TPE)
Chichiro Kawahara(JPN) 9 – 2 Rubelin Amit(PHI)
Tsai Pei Chen(TPE) 9 – 5 Lai Hui Shan(TPE)
Kelly Fisher(GBR) 9 – 8 Ga Young Kim(KOR)
Monica Webb(USA) 9 – 4 Bai Ge(CHN)
Sone Kyoko(JPN) 9 – 7 Bi Zhu Qing(CHN)
Park Eunji(KOR) 9 – 5 Angeline Ticoalu(INA)
Lui Shasha(CHN) 9 – 4 Wu Jina(CHN)
Allison Fisher(GBR) 9 – 6 Iris Ranola(PHI)
Tan Ho Yun(TPE) 9 – 5 Caroline Roos(SWE)
Chen Xue(CHN) 9 – 5 Marika Poikkijoki(FIN)

 1st Session. Losers Bracket. Winner is through to final 32, loser is out

Group A
Wei Tzu Chien(TPE) 7 – 0 Jing Siya(CHN)
Li Jia(CHN) 7 – 2 Liu Yichen(CHN)

Group B
Ren Qiuyue(CHN) 7 – 5 Masami Nouchi(JPN)
Kim Ga Young(KOR) 7 – 2 Chan Ya Ting(TPE)

Group C
Iris Ranola(PHI) 7 – 6 Charlene Zhai Zeet Huey(SIN)
Angeline Ticoalu(INA) 7 – 2 Keiko Yukawa(JPN)

Group D
Kyoko Sone(JPN) 7 – 4 Sylvia Lopez(ESP)
Marika Poikkijoki(FIN) 7 – 6 Jung Bo Ra(KOR)

Group E
Caroline Roos(SWE) 7 – 2 Junko Tsuchiya(JPN)
Monica Webb(USA) 7 – 5 Wu Zhiting(TPE)

Group F
Line Kjorsvik(NOR) 7 – 6 Zhou, Doudou(CHN)
Lin Hsiao Chi(TPE) 7 – 5 Kaori Ebe(JPN)

Group G
Tsai Pei Chen(TPE) 7- 1 Gao Meng(CHN)
Liu Sha Sha(CHN) 7 – 3 Akimi Kajatani(JPN)

Group H
Liu Shin Mei(TPE) 7 – 5 Zheng Xiaochun(CHN)
Kawahara, Chichiro(JPN) 7 – 4 Liu Liying(CHN)