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White Upsets Corr in WPBA Nationals Round Three

In round three on the winners’ side of the Women’s Professional Billards Tour’s Cuetec Cues National 9-Ball Championship, newly elected WPBA President Kim White, ranked No. 41, upset No. 2 Karen Corr, 9-6.

The year-end event, being held at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Ore., Nov. 9-13, is down to eight women on the no-loss side going into round four Saturday morning. Sixteen players remain in the one-loss bracket.

At 11am today, the one-loss survivors will duke it out. Melissa Little plays Julie Kelly, Tracie Hine faces Jennifer Barretta, Jennifer Chen faces Megan Minerich and Sarah Rousey plays Karen Corr, among other matches. At 2:30 this afternoon, the winners’ brack will be reduced to four players. Those matchups are Allison Fisher against Tiffany Nelson, Kelly Fisher against Monica Webb, Ga Young Kim against Gerda Hofstatter and Vivian Villarreal against the rampaging White.

WPBA U.S. Open Offers Surprises

There have been a few early upsets at the Women’s Professional Billiard Association’s Cuetec Cues U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, being held Oct. 12-16 at the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, N.M.

Taiwanese player Hsin Huang beat No. 4-ranked Kelly Fisher, 9-5, while Megan Minerich defeated Gerda Hofstatter and Sarah Rousey beat Tiffany Nelson in the first round. Terri Mason, described on the WPBA’s Web site as a “WPBA newcomer and New York State champion,” also beat Romana Dokovic in the first round.

The competition continues through the weekend – visit www.wpba.com for the tournament chart and highlights.

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.

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 – 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.

Allison Fisher Locks Up First and Throws Away The Key

Allison Fisher continued her domination of the Women’s Professional Billiards Association’s Classic tour at the Mueller Recreational Products Great Lakes Classic in Michigan City, Ind., March 2-6.

While Fisher’s continuing reign at the top of the rankings is far from unexpected, other pros made waves at the Great Lakes, too. Most notable was Fisher’s final-match opponent, Tiffany Nelson, who’s last trip to the television rounds was in 1994, when Nelson was just 14 years old.

Nelson defeated Texas tornado Vivian Villarreal in a television round in order to get to the final. In the final, Nelson played well and looked cool and unflustered under the lights, but she couldn’t get a look at the 1 ball after her breaks in the alternate-break format. The result was a 7-1 win for Fisher.

Fisher collected $10,000 for first prize, while Nelson settled for $7,000. Villarreal took home $5,500 for third place, and snooker import Kelly Fisher collected $4,500 for a fourth-place finish.

Corr Wins Nationals

Karen Corr won the Women’s Professional Billiards Association’s National 9-Ball Championship, held at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Ore, Nov. 9-14.

Her triumph over Gerda Hofstatter in the final match solidified her lead over formerly dominant Allison Fisher, who took third in Oregon. Recent snooker import Kelly Fisher came in fourth place.

Corr won $12,500, while Hofstatter settled for $9,000. Allison Fisher and Kelly Fisher took home $7,000 and $5,500 respectively.

For brackets from the event and updated rankings, visit www.wpba.com.

Kim wins WPBA US Open

Korean Sensation Ga-Young Kim capped off an uncharacteristic final day of play with a 7-6 win over Karen Corr to win the 2004 WPBA US Open.

The TV rounds, usually only the domain of a few certain players, were invaded by not only Kim but also Melissa Herndon from California and Kelly Fisher who defeated Allison Fisher on Saturday night to earn her spot.

Corr won her first two matches on Sunday to earn her place in the finals against Kim. Corr and Kim had faced off in the finals of the same event last year with Kim missing a key 9-ball at hill-hill to lose this match. The score might have been the same this time, but it was a different winner as Kim hoisted the trophy high for her first WPBA tour win.