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Fisher vs Fefilova In VG 9-Ball Finals

Kelly Fisher will face Margaret Fefilova in the finals of the Women’s Poison VG 9-Ball Championship on Thursday. Both players had decisive wins on Wednesday to earn their spots in the final. 

First up on Wednesday was Fisher taking on Japan’s Yuki Hiraguchi. Hiraguchi had won day two of the events round-robin stage, while Fisher had finished as a runner-up on day three, which was enough to earn her a wildcard spot in the final stage. 

Fisher was her usual dominating self in the match with Hiraguchi. The match saw players facing off in races to five racks against the ghost in a “two out of three” format. It took Fisher just six racks in both sets to eliminate Hiraguchi. The third rack in both sets was what caused Fisher problems, as she ran out in all of the other racks. Hiraguchi had three misses across both sets on shots she might have let her attention lapse on. The misses led to Fisher with back to back 5-3 wins. 

The second set of the day saw Margaret Fefilova with an even more dominating win over Turkey’s Eylul Kibaroglu. In the first set, Fefilova ran the first four racks before finally missing a 4-ball in the fifth rack. Even with that miss, Fefilova led the set 4-2 and would put it away on rack six with another break and run. 

Kibaroglu came out and took a quick 1-0 lead in the second set, but failed to finish in her next four straight racks. By that time, Fefilova held a 3-1 lead that would prove to be insurmountable. Both players ran out in rack six for a 4-2 Fefilova lead and she expanded on that lead in the next rack with a table run for another 5-2 win. 

Hiraguchi and Kibaroglu both earned $600 for their 3rd place finishes. Fisher and Fefilova will be playing for a $2000 first prize and $1200 second place prize. 

The match will expand to races to six on Thursday and will kick off at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. Fans can catch the final match online at https://www.facebook.com/CueItUpPodcast.

Hiraguchi Advances, Wei On The Outside Looking In At Poison VG 9-Ball

Action at day two of the Women’s Poison VG 9-Ball Championship is complete and the first tiebreaker has determined who was advancing from a group. 

In Friday play, group favorite Wei Tzu Chien finished with a 2-1 record, after losing a match to Indonesia’s Angeline Ticoalu. Japanese champion Yuki Hiraguchi also turned in a 2-1 record, dropping her match against Chien. The tie-breaker was not “head to head” play though. The first tiebreaker was “racks won”, and both players had ran twelve out of twenty four racks. That meant the tiebreaker went to number of balls made, and that meant that Hiraguchi moved to the single elimination stage with 169 balls made, compared to Chien’s 145 balls made. 

In worse news for Chien, her score of twelve racks ran leaves her below day one’s runner-up, Eylul Kibaroglu from Turkey, who ran fifteen racks. With only two players earning wildcards into single elimination play, Chien will have to hope that no runner-up finishers from days three or four are able to run more than twelve racks. 

Saturday play will see another all-star group of players competing in round robin play against the ghost. The early favorite has to be World Champion Kelly Fisher, but Germans Ina Kaplan and Yvonne Ullmann, as well as Japan’s Miina Tani will do everything in their power to keep Fisher from advancing. 

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 9:00 AM Eastern Time and can be followed online at https://www.facebook.com/CueItUpPodcast

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