Women at the World Cup of Pool

WPBA Players Proudly Represent Respective Countries
in PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool

The WPBA congratulates exempt WPBA pro’s selected to compete in the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool. The competition will be held in Manila, Philippines at the Midtown Wing of Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila from Tuesday, September 7th to Sunday, September 12th and will feature 32 teams (2) person teams, representing 31countries.
Women’s Professional Billiards Association superstars Ga Young Kim, Yu Ram Cha, and Jasmin Ouschan are set to compete against the best of the best in male competition.  Top male professionals include Johnny Archer, Daryl Peach, Rodney Morris, Dennis Orcollo, Niels Feijen, Mika Immonen, Oliver Ortmann, Karl Boyes, Fu Jianbo, Tony Drago and Marcus Chamat who will all be firing at a $250,000 prize fund.
Kim and Cha will make up the only “all female” team. These two heavy hitters pack a lot of firepower and routinely take on and take down some of the toughest male competition around.  Cha has proven herself to be a more than worthy opponent when pitted against her male counterparts.   She has career wins over Shane VanBoening, Thorsten Hohmann, and her own coach, Charlie Williams, just to name a few.  When asked about how she feels about being part of the only all female team, Yu Ram responded, “As the only “all female” team, I feel a small burden to play well. I guess I will learn from the world’s best players!” When asked about her feelings going into the event and her new teammate, Yu Ram responds, “I am very excited and I can’t wait to play. I missed not participating in this event last year due to circumstances beyond my control. I will do my best in upcoming matches with my partner, Ga Young. She is a veteran and has more experience than me. She and I have never played together so I am a little bit worried. On the other hand, I am very excited to play with her. Due to the importance of teamwork, I am trying to harmonize with her.” Kim and Cha will be up against team Italy, Bruno Muratore and Fabio Patroni,  in the first round.

In addition, Austrian native Jasmin Ouschan will also join the mix.  Ouschan, who is no stranger to the toughest of competition, finished 3rd in the World Straight Pool Championships where she defeated the #1 seed, Mika Immonen and top German pro, Oliver Ortmann on her way to the semi-finals. “It is an honor again to be selected to play in the World Cup of Pool. This year will be my third time and the best result was the fifth place in 2008. This year I am playing with a young upcoming player from Austria and I hope we can beat the fifth place from 2008. It is a tough event especially since there is no losers’ round but we are strong together and I hope we can show it in Manila‚” explained Ouschan. She will pair up with Mario He in this 32 team format and will face off with Holland’s Neils Fejien and Huidji See in the first round.

Event sponsor Luke Riches of Matchroom Sport says, “We always enjoy having female players in the PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool and will endeavour to include more as the standards rise. The ladies bring a different dimension to the tournament and they can play!”

For more information, please visit www.PartyPoker.net  and www.matchroompool.com.  Meet the ladies of the WPBA at www.wpba.com.

Ga Young Kim Defends Title

Ga Young Kim Defends US Open Title & Regains #1 Ranking

(Ga Young Kim Photo courtesy of WPBA Staff)

(Norman, OK) August 4th, 2010: It was a star-studded week at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino where the Women’s Professional Billiard Association held its prestigious 2010 US Open Championship.  Sixty-four beautiful and talented billiard professionals converged on the Norman, Oklahoma venue in search of the championship title.

Thursday thru Friday’s match-play narrowed the field to eight finalists and included seven hours of ESPN original programming. Kyoko Sone reached her first WPBA TV appearance with wins over Julie Comitini, Jennifer Barretta, Megan Smith and Allison Fisher. She was defeated 7-4 by Julie Kelly who also made it to TV along with Vivian Villarreal, Jasmin Ouschan, Kim Shaw, Karen Corr, Ga Young Kim and Gerda Hofstatter.

Ouschan, hoping to maintain her #1 ranking, would have to get past an always aggressive Vivian Villarreal in the quarterfinals to keep her title hopes alive.  It was a tight match as the score went hill-hill with Vivian breaking in the final game. After repeated safety shots on the 1-ball, it was Ouschan who made the first mistake giving Villarreal a look at a sliver of the 1-ball. Villarreal successfully pocketed the 1-ball with brilliant shape on the 2-ball and closed out the game and the match to knock out Ouschan.

With Ouschan out of the tournament, the #1 ranking on the tour was up for grabs and several top players were still in contention to grab those points. In other quarterfinal matches, Corr bested Shaw 7-5, Kelly sank Sone 7-4, and Kim defeated Hofstatter 7-3.

Corr started Sunday’s semifinal matches dominantly with a shut-out against Villarreal, while, Kim made quick work of Kelly with a 7-2 win and was on her way to face Corr in the finals. Kim and Corr have met many times in the finals with close matches. Kim had an opportunity to close out the match at 6-3 but came up short on the 7-ball and was left with a tough shot, which she missed.  Corr capitalized on the mistake, stayed focus, and found herself facing a hill-hill game for the championship. With the final break of the match, Kim pocketed two balls and left a perfect opening on the 1-ball. She ran the first 2 balls with tough position on the 4-ball. Expeditiously, she pocketed the four thru the eight, but overran her position on the nine.  Without a moment’s hesitation, Kim aimed thin and fired the nine in the corner for her second consecutive US Open Title. This win puts Ga Young Kim back on top of the WPBA rankings.

ESPN/2 coverage of the 2010 US Open Championship airs:

Quarterfinals: Sunday, Sept. 26, 1-5pm on ESPN2, and

Semis and Final: Sunday, Oct 3, 2–5pm on ESPN2.

WPBA extends many thanks to its sponsors: American Poolplayers Association, Cuetec Cues, Simonis Cloth, Delta-13 Rack, Diamond Billiards, Pooldawg, and Mueller Recreational Products. The WPBA would also like to thank the venue host, Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma who just recently updated their property to include a newly built hotel with a laundry list of amenities.

The next event, the WPBA Atlanta Classic, will be held at the Gwinnett Convention Center in Duluth, Georgia, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3rd during the first ever Atlanta Billiard Show produced by pro player Dawn Hopkins.

We look forward to seeing you in Duluth or at any event you may be able to attend.  In the meantime, please visit HYPERLINK “http://www.wpba.com”www.wpba.com for the most up to date information and live streaming details for the women’s pro tour.