World Games Quarterfinals Set

Americans Rodney Morris, Charlie Williams and Vivian Villarreal will take U.S. medal hopes into quarterfinal matches today at the World Games in Duisburg, Germany.

In men’s 9-ball, Morris, who routed Aruba’s Roland Acosta, 11-4, on Wednesday, will face Germany’s Thomas Engert, and Williams, an 11-7 winner over Japan’s Massashi Hoshi, will battle Vangelis Vettas of Greece. Vettas shocked Germany’s Ralf Souquet, 11-10, in the opening round of the 16-player single-elimination event.

Villiarreal, the lone U.S. competitor in the women’s 9-ball division, faces Korea’s Sung-Hyun Jung. Defending champion Jeanette Lee pulled out of the competition at the last minute because of impending back surgery.

Sweden’s Tom Storm, Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann, Holland’s Neils Feijen and Chinese star Pei-Wei Chang round out the final eight in the men’s division.

Top-ranked Allison Fisher, Taiwan’s Jennifer Chen, Italy’s Tiziana Cacciamani, Austria’s Jasmine Ouschan, Japan’s Yukiko Hamanishi and former WPBA regular Line Kjorsvik of Norway make up the remaining women competitors.

Men’s carom billiards and men’s snooker is also being contested at the international sports festival, which is seen as an important stepping stone for the cue sports’ Olympic Games hopes. Two high-ranking officials, Kelly Fairweather, Sports Director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Ron Froelich, President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), were on hand at the Saalbau arena in Bottrop for the opening matches of the billiard competition.

Corr Recovers to Capture Southeast Classic Crown

After losing in the second round of the WPBA’s Southeast Classic, Karen Corr went on a tear that landed her in the final match against rising star Ga Young Kim. After trading blows with Kim to 4-4, Corr reeled off three straight games to win her first classic Tour event of the 2005 season, 7-4.

Going into Sunday’s final three matches at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., the marquee matchup appeared to be the first tilt pitting WPBA No. 2 Corr against No. 1 Allison Fisher, who likewise lost in the second round. But Fisher woke up Sunday morning with muscle spasms on the left side of her neck that severely limited her mobility around the table, forcing her to consider forfeiting against Corr. Fisher, always a gamer, ultimately decided to play on, improvising during much of the early games by shooting left-handed or with a bridge. By the time her body loosened up, the score was already 6-2 in Corr’s favor. The Irish Invader went on to win, 7-3.

Corr then faced WPBA No. 6 Monica Webb, who had yet to finish higher than 3rd in a Classic Tour event. The always-consistent Webb continued that streak, falling 7-4 to Corr after scratching in the 10th game, and then watching Corr break and run out in the final frame.

The last match was the third finals meeting between Corr and Kim, with each having won a U.S. Open title at the other’s expense. By this point in the day, Corr was in dead stroke, while Kim came out shooting a bit carelessly and blew some chances to take a decisive advantage. After battling back from a 4-2 deficit to tie the match at 4-all, Kim fell victim to Corr’s clever safety play in game 9, and then fell out of line in game 10 to hand the keys to victory to her opponent. A break-and-run in game 11 sealed Corr’s win.

Kim and Corr Face Off in Florida

The final match has been set for the WPBA Southeast Classic at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Karen Corr, currently ranked second on the Classic Tour, will face reigning world champion Ga Young Kim.

Coming through the one-loss side, Corr bested top-ranked Allison Fisher, 7-3, and advanced to face Monica Webb. Corr had a similarly decisive victory over Webb, beating her 7-4 to earn her spot in the final against Kim.

Kim takes Florida hot-seat

The TV Matches are now set for the WPBA Southeast Classic at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood Florida.

In the hot seat sits reigning world champion Ga Young Kim, who defeated Monica Webb 9-6 on Saturday.

Webb, will await the winner between #1 ranked Allison Fisher and #2 ranked Karen Corr in the first match on Sunday. Karen Corr defeated Jeanette Lee 9-3 on Saturday night, while Allison Fisher defeated Kelly Fisher 9-6.

BCA 9-Ball Champs Crowned

Thorsten Hohmann and Allison Fisher have taken titles at the Billiard Congress of America’s annual pro event, the BCA Pro Open 9-Ball Championship.

Fisher fought off three-time defending champ Karen Corr in the final, and won, 7-5.

The men’s final match was a shocker. Hohmann kept Johnny Archer in his chair for nearly the whole match, laying down a break-and-run each time he broke in the alternating format. Archer, meanwhile, struggled with the break, sinking nothing once and scratching once. The result was a lopsided 7-0 win by Hohmann.

Both winners collected $15,000. For detailed brackets from both divisions, visit www.wpba.com.

Surprises Galore at BCA 9-Ball Tilt!

The BCA Open 9-Ball Championships, the first of the year’s three “majors” in pool, has yielded some big surprises in the early going in Las Vegas this week. After three days of play, the ranks of the undefeated on the men’s side had narrowed to Johnny Archer, Thorsten Hohmann and the largely unknown Chris Szuter and Filipino Marlon Manalo. Big names like Gabe Owen, Charlie Bryant and Cory Deuel suffered early exits in the competition.

Over on the women’s side, Hall-of-Famer Ewa Laurance was riding a jaw-dropping hot streak that put her in the winners’-bracket semifinal against Karen Corr, while Allison Fisher faced off against the vastly improved Tiffany Nelson. (Laurance’s impressive list of victims included Julie Kelly, Jennifer Barretta and Jennifer Chen.) Even more surprising was the notable absence among those still playing — British sensation Kelly Fisher, who scored her first Classic Tour win in April but went 0-2 at the BCAs.

Fisher Takes Fifth Amway Title

Fisher grabbed Amway title number five.

Fisher grabbed Amway title number five.

Allison Fisher has taken her fifth Amway Cup title. The Amway Cup World Women Billiards Invitational was held May 6-9 in downtown Taipei, Taiwan.

In the final, televised live on Taiwanese television station Videoland, Fisher bested Korea’s Ga Young Kim, 11-6. Fisher collected $24,000 for her win. Kim took home $12,000 for second place.

The rest of the field finished as follows: 3. Karen Corr; 4. Shin-Mei Liu; 5. (tie) Yuan-Chun Lin, Wendy Jans; 7. (tie) Jasmin Ouschan, Jennifer Chen; 9. (tie) Shu-Han Chang, Jeanette Lee; 11. (tie) Jennifer Barretta, Kajitani Akimi.

Finals Set for Amway Cup

The quarter- and semifinal rounds are complete at the Amway Cup World Women Billiards Invitational, being held May 6-9 in Taipei, Taiwan. Korea’s Ga Young Kim is slated to face British “Duchess of Doom” Allison Fisher in the final tonight.

In one quarterfinal round, Karen Corr bested Yuan-Chun Lin, advancing to a semifinal against Fisher, where Corr was eliminated, 7-3. In the other quarterfinal, Shin-Mei Liu beat young Belgian Wendy Jans, 7-5. Liu then took a 7-2 beating from good friend Kim.

The playoff for third place between Corr and Liu takes place this evening before the final. All matches are being shown live on Taiwanese television.

Amway Cup Kicks Off

The first day’s matches are complete at the 2005 Amway Cup World Women’s Billiards Invitational, being held May 6-9 in Taipei, Taiwan. The 12-woman field consists of Allison Fisher, Karen Corr, Jasmin Ouschan, Wendy Jans, Jeanette Lee, Jennifer Barretta, Jennifer Chen, Shin-Mei Liu, Akimi Kajitani, Yuan-Chun Lin, Shu-Han Chang, and Ga-Young Kim.

The schedule was shortened on the first day, due to Taiwanese holidays celebrated this week. This meant that 10 matches have been completed in the round-robin format, and some competitors have not yet played two matches. Of those who have completed two matches, there are some clear leaders and trailers. Hometown heroes Chen and Liu are the sole competitors with two wins on their scorecards so far. American player Barretta, Austrian Ouschan, and Japan’s Kajitani trail the field with two losses each. Women’s Professional Billiards Association first- and second-ranked players Fisher and Corr have one win apiece, and will play their second matches tomorrow morning.

Fisher – No, Not That One – Takes WPBA Title

Snooker-champ-turned-9-ball-pro Kelly Fisher won the Women’s Professional Billiard Association’s Mueller Recreational Products West Coast Classic at Viejas Casino in Alpine, Calif., Mar. 30-Apr. 3. The outcome was a shocker. It was Kelly Fisher’s first pro 9-ball title, and she was joined in the television rounds by Gerda Hofstatter (who took second), Vivian Villarreal (third) and Karen Corr (fourth place).

What was most surprising, however, was who did not make the TV rounds. Super-dominant top-ranked Allison Fisher (no relation) was relegated to tie-for-fifth, after being knocked into the one-loss bracket by Hofstatter and then eliminated by Corr. Kelly Fisher took home $10,000 for her win; Hofstatter settled for $7,000.