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.

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.

Lee Defeats Kelly for Florida Classic Title

Jeanette Lee took the WPBA Cuetec Cues Florida Classic title with a final win over Julie Kelly.

This even featured expanded TV coverage, with coverage of the final seven matches, rather than just the final three as at previous tournaments.

Lee collected $15,000 for first place and Kelly took home $9,000 in second. Allison Fisher and TV-rounds-first-timer Jennifer Barretta tied for third and took home $6,000 each.

Lee wins Trick Shot Championship

With an 8-7 win at almost midnight Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT, Jeanette Lee is the new Ladies Trick Shot Champion

Lee started the event with an 8-4 win over Loree Jon Jones, and then watched as Ewa Laurance defeated Ming Ng 9-5 to set up the match in the finals. Then with Lee’s new baby Cheyenne waiting with daddy up in the room, Lee pulled off the 8-7 win over Laurance in the finals.

The only downside to the win for Lee was that her new daughter Cheyenne was not allowed on the casino floor to see it happen. “This was Cheyenne’s first tournament and she wasn’t even able to see me win it.” said Lee.

The win was worth $25,000 for Lee, while Laurance took home $5000 for second. Jones and Ng each won $2000 for third place.

Jeanette Lee Adopts Baby Girl

The happy family.

The happy family.

Pool pro Jeanette Lee and her husband, George Breedlove, have announced the adoption of a baby girl, Cheyenne Lee Breedlove.

The Lee family’s new addition was born to an unwed mother of Korean descent and a Caucasian father. Lee was approached about the possibility of adoption through a member of her sister’s church. Lee and her husband George Breedlove have long wanted to be parents.

Cheyenne was born June 11, 2004, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Lee contends that motherhood will not distract her from her pool career. “Cheyenne is a great source of inspiration for me and I can’t wait to play for her. I have never felt happier or more motivated in my life than I am now as a parent.”

Liu Takes Amway Title for Taiwan

Liu remained placid, even after winning a momentous title for her country.

Liu remained placid, even after winning a momentous title for her country.

In a surprisingly one-sided final match, Taiwan’s Sin-Mei Liu took the $20,000 prize at this year’s Amway Cup in Taipei, Taiwan in a final against top-ranked Allison Fisher. This is only the second time in the event’s six-year history that a Taiwanese player has won the event. (The previous Taiwanese victor was Jennifer Chen). All the other titles have gone to Fisher.

This time, the British perennial champ took a brutal 11-2 loss . She did not score a point until a seventh-game run out brought the score to 6-1, and she failed to pick up momentum from there, scoring only once more. Fisher didn’t capitalize on several of Liu’s mistakes, including a 7-ball bank that left the ball sitting on the lip of the pocket.

Liu took the final game with a tricky run-out that included jumping out of a safety on the 1 and recovering from poor position on the 4. As icing on the cake, she sank the 5 and 7 in one shot before running what was left of the rack. She registered little emotion as she won the title, but did say that this was the first time that she had beaten Fisher in Taiwan.

Fisher took home $10,000 for second place, Monica Webb took $8,000 for third, Karen Corr took $7,000 for fourth, and Jeanette Lee and Korean Ga-Young Kim tied for fifth and $5,000 each.

Lee TV

96aPool star Jeanette Lee’s appearance on Fox Sports Net’s “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” has been postponed. Lee’s appearance on ESPN’s “Unscripted with Chris Connelly” is still scheduled for April 4 or 5. Check your local listings for exact air times.

Also look for Lee (ESPN’s third-sexiest athlete) in an upcoming issue of FHM magazine.

Who Would You Pick, Jeanette Lee or Anna Kournikov

86aJeanette Lee is used to facing tough seeded players, just usually not in the first round. But in ESPN’s World’s Sexiest Athletes poll, which is being conducted using a 32-athlete March Madness-style bracket, Lee has the misfortune of going head-to-head against one of the Internet’s most-searched celebrities, Anna Kournikova. The Russian tennis star, who is reportedly married to Detroit Red Wings perennial National Hockey League All-Star Sergei Federov, has been consistently named Lycos’ Most Searched Athlete, ahead of legends like Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.

Lee is the billiard community’s most recognizable face, with numerous television and print appearances. Despite multiple surgeries last year, Lee has hardly missed a step, closing out the 2001 season with a runner-up finish behind No. 1-ranked Karen Corr at the Cuetec Cues National 9-Ball Championship.

To vote for Lee in the poll, log on to http://espn.go.com/sexiestathletes/. ESPN will televise the results during a two-hour special, The World’s Sexiest Athletes presented by US Magazine, on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. EST.

Going For Gold

American Jeanette Lee and Taipei’s Ching-Shun Yang captured the 9-ball divisions of the 6th World Games in Akita, Japan, Aug. 16-26. Lee took home the Gold Medal after beating Ireland’s Karen Corr, 9-3. Lee’s finish gave the United States a second-best 15 total Gold Medals during the Games, and a combined 31 medals to place third overall behind leader Russia (44) and second-place Germany (35) in the medal count.

Yang knocked off Germany’s Ralf Souquet, 11-8, in the final to claim the Gold Medal. Despite Souquet’s defeat, Germany’s medal count was boosted when Souquet’s countrymate Thomas Engert topped American Jon Kucharo to claim the bronze medal.

Belgium’s Bjoern Haneveer edged Filipino Marlon Manalo, 4-3, to take the snooker Gold Medal, while Spain’s Daniel Sanchez upset Dick Jaspers, 40-30, to earn the Gold in carom.

Mexico’s Ismaez Paez, who suffered a heart attack before one of his matches early in the 9-ball tournament, underwent heart surgery and is currently recovering.

Lee and Deuel Victorious in Vegas

Jeanette Lee ended Karen Corr’s two-tourney win streak when she came from the one-loss side to hand Corr her only loss of the tournament, 7-5, at the Billiard Congress of America Pro 9-Ball open. Lee also ended a drought of her own, taking her first tournament top prize since prior to her 2000 back and shoulder surgery.

On the men’s side, Cory Deuel came through the left side and won 12 consecutive matches to take the top prize, defeating Jose Parica, 7-5, with a jaunty 8-9 combo in the final.

Lee and Deuel each won $15,000.