Liz Taylor Makes a Statement

Liz Taylor Makes a Statement to go Undefeated at Prime Time Billiards
By Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com

Liz Taylor

For their second tour stop of the season, the ladies of the J. Pechauer Northeast Tour headed to Prime Time Billiards in Sayreville, NJ.  A thirty-two player field of players from all over the East Coast came to make a statement in this event.  Some of the top names include WPBA rising stars Liz Ford (NY), Megan Smith (PA), My-Hanh Lac (MD), Liz Taylor (MA), Supadra Geronimo (NY), and Kim Jones (MD).
The first day of competition at Prime Time brought some early surprises, including Megan Smith, winner of the JPNEWT season opener in Frederick, MD, falling to Kim Jones (7-6).  However, Smith powered through her next five matches, only giving up five games total in those sets.
Meanwhile, the winner’s side saw four players go undefeated to return on Sunday.  One final four match up featured 14-year-old phenom Briana Miller against new WPBA tour card holder and Kiss of Death team member, Emily Duddy, where Emily closed the set with a 7-4 win.
In the other final four match, New York’s transplant from Turkey, Neslihan “Ness” Gürel, faced ’08 and ’09 New England Player of the Year, Liz Taylor, but did not fare so well and was sent to the one-loss side, 7-0.  To follow up her shut out in the final four, Liz Taylor nearly blanked out Emily Duddy in the match for the hot seat, ending the set 7-1.
In the previous round, after defeating Rhio Flores and Borana Andoni both 7-5, Liz Taylor faced one of her toughest challenges against one of the events other favorites, My-Hanh Lac, ranked #28 in the WPBA for 2009.  The two battled to double-hill, where Liz took the case game to move to run through to the final match.  However, My-Hanh was far from exiting the tournament… on the one-loss side, she easily defeated Erin McManus (7-2), and Megan Smith (7-3).
My-Hanh Lac also had little trouble with Briana Miler, who had come from the winner’s side final four, winning 7-1.  Also grinding through the one-loss side, Liz Ford then faced Ness Gürel, who came with an upset win 7-3.  Ness then moved on to the quarterfinal, where she was eliminated by My-Hanh Lac 7-2.
In the semifinal match, Emily Duddy was looking to make a comeback after losing to Liz Taylor in the winner’s side final.  Emily and My-Hanh battled through the first half of the match, alternating games until they tied at 4-4, where My-Hanh ran away with the set to finish 7-4.
Liz Taylor awaited a rematch with My-Hanh Lac in the finals, where My-Hanh would look to avenge her earlier hill-hill loss to Liz.  However, Liz Taylor asserted her dominance in this match and never let My-Hanh in the door, winning 7-2.  Congratulations to Liz Taylor on her impressive win!
The next tour stop of the season will be the WPBA Maryland State Women’s 9-ball Championships at Champion’s Sports Bar & Grill in Frederick, MD, to be held on May 1-2.
Final Results:

1st: Liz Taylor – $750

2nd: My-Hanh Lac – $500

3rd: Emily Duddy – $375

4th: Neslihan Gurel – $255

5th/6th: Briana Miller, Liz Ford – $150

7th/8th: Kathy Friend, Megan Smith – $110

9th/12th: Olga Gashkova, Erin McManus, Erica Testa, Kim Jones

Liu Shasha is New Women’s World 9-Ball Champion!

Opening Day at the Kappa 2009 Women’s World 9-Ball Championship

-Jerry Forsyth, WPA Press Officer-

Banquet Room

Banquet Room

Our first day at the Kappa 2009 Women’s World 9-Ball Championships began with a press conference. Local officials welcomed the players to the tournament. A briefing was given on the number of players (64) and the qualifying stages and an explanation of when the players meeting and draw would be held. Sponsors were recognized and thanked for their contribution to the event. We were also informed as to the massive participation of the Chinese media in this event with newspapers, magazines, television and radio all participating in the coverage.

In addition to the large staff responsible for carrying out the event, it was also announced that 40 volunteers were chosen to assist in these efforts.  After the government officials made their welcomes the General Manager of our title sponsor, Kappa Sportswear, also made a welcoming address and spoke of how pleased they were to be associated with such a prestigious undertaking.

Players Meeting

Players Meeting

WPA President Ian Anderson then expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the event and his pleasure that the event has been presented in a first-class order. He specifically thanked everyone for the skill of the referees, the quality of the equipment and the beauty of the venue. He also spoke of how he looked forward to returning to Shengyeng next year.

Next was the player’s meeting. The head referee took the floor first and explained the format of the event. He explained that there would be 8 players seeded into the eight initial groups. These players, chosen by their WPA rank, will be joined by 7 other players in each group and the 8 groups will play a double-elimination format to get down to the final 32. Two losers and two winners from each group of eight will pass through to the final stage. These 32 players will then play a standard single-elimination tournament to determine our champion.  All of the rules were explained in detail so that there could be no question as to how the event would be run.

Dignatary Table

Dignatary Table

Then it was off to the grand welcoming banquet. 250 players and honored guests were feted to a massive 20-course meal that left no appetite unsatisfied. Gymnasts entertained the crowd as they ate. It must be said, this was a magnificent opening to what portends to be an event that will be difficult for others to match.

November 20, 2009


Asians Take Control in Kappa Women’s World 9-Ball Championship!

-Jerry Forsyth, WPA Press Officer-

The power of the Asian pool-playing contingent has surged to the forefront of the Kappa 2009 Women’s World 9-Ball Championship. Now in the single-elimination knockout stage, our field of 32 players has tonight been reduced to 16. Of these 16, 13 hail either from Taipei, China, or Korea. Indeed, only Karen Corr (GBR) seemed to be able to withstand the Asian onslaught when she defeated C Z H Charlene of Singapore 9-3.

For the most part, the victories tonight were not even close, with domination being the theme of the evening. Number one seed Chou Chieh-Yu (TPE) rolled over Liu Jia (CHN) 9-1 and Chen Xue (CHN) bested Liz Ford (USA) 9-4. Allison Fisher (GBR) lived up to her billing with the 9-0 destruction of Brittany Bryant (CAN). Pan Xiaoting (CHN) ruled Keiko Yukawa (JPN) 9-3, You Ram Cha (KOR) continued her strong year by beating Chang Su-Han (TPE) 9-4, Chen Siming (CHN) ran past Akimi Kajatani (JPN) 9-3, Liu Shasha (CHN) defeated Tamara Rademakers (NED) 9-4 and Gerda Hofstatter (AUT) ended the tournament for Johana Espinoza (VEN) 9-4.

The next round on Saturday will bring our field down to the Great Eight. It will be interesting to see how the dominating players of Friday when pared against one another. Will domination continue or will close play be the call of the day? We will bring you the news of these rounds as soon as they reach fruition.

Field Reduced to Final Four in China

-Jerry Forsyth, WPA Press Officer-

Gerda Hofstatter

Gerda Hofstatter

Two rounds were completed on Saturday at the Kappa 209 Women’s World 9-Ball Championship. In the first round the field was reduced from sixteen players to eight. This round found number one seed Chou Chieh-Yu (CHN) upset 9-4 by Zhou Doudou (CHN) and Allison Fisher (GBR) eliminated from the field 9-8 by Chen Xue (CHN). The top-bracket action also found Fu Xiafang (CHN) beating Han Fang (CHN) 9-8 and Karen Corr (GBR) rolling over Tsai Pei Chen (TPE) 9-3, making Ms. COrr the only western player to survive into the round of the great eight.

The bottom bracket found crowd favorite Pan Xiaoting ((CHN) defeating qualifier Gao Meng (CHN) 9-4, Korean powerhouse Yu Ram Cha beating Gao Shu Pin (TPE) 9-3, Liu Shasha (CHN) getting by Chen Siming (CHN) 9-7 and former world champion Liu Shin-Mei ((TPE) progressing 9-5 over Gerda Hofstatter (AUT).

Yu Ram Cha

Yu Ram Cha

The round of the great eight began with five Chinese players still in the mix, an incredible feat for the representatives of the host nation. But Karen Corr kept western hopes alive as she defeated Zhou DouDou (9-3) to make the final four. She is joined in the elite group by Fu Xiofang, who easily escaped Chen Xue 9-2. The last two slots are filled by Pan Xiaoting with her victory over Yu Ram Cha (9-4) and Liu Shasha who steamrolled Liu Shin-Mei 9-1.

Sunday will find a single victor.

Liu Shasha is New Women’s World 9-Ball Champion!

-Jerry Forsyth, WPA Press Officer-

Liu Shasha

Liu Shasha

The pool world has a new World Champion and she is only 16 years old. Liu Shasha of China has defeated Karen Corr of Great Britain 9-5 to claim the title and set her career in motion in grand style.

When the last day of the Kappa 2009 Women’s World 9-Ball Championship in Shengyang, China began there were four undefeated players all seeking the same prize. The two semi-final matches could not have been closer. First, Karen Corr defeated Fu Xiofang of China 9-8 to earn her berth n the final set. Then Liu Shasha edged her fellow Chinese citizen Pan Xiaotang by the same 9-8 margin to get her ticket punched for the honor of playing Corr in the finals.

Before the final match a playoff was held between Pan Xiaotang and Xiaofang to determine our third place finisher. Pan controlled this match throughout and took that spot with a very convincing 9-1 victory. Then a crowd of over 1,000 very excited fans took their seats to watch the final battle.

It appeared that Corr would walk away with the title. She was the master of the table early on and rarely gave Shasha a glimpse of daylight. At one point she led our race to nine games by the score of 5-1. Shasha was obviously nervous and off her game. But then, assuming that she had to be aggressive to have a chance at victory, she put her nerves down and began her march. She won the next game to make the score 5-2, then broke and ran five racks in a row to lead 7-5. The penultimate rack had a bit of back and forth but Shasha won that as well and then on the final break she made four balls on the snap and easily made the clearance to take her 6th break and run of the match and earn the gold!

Karen Corr

Karen Corr

Congratulations to our youthful champion and to all of the organizers who worked so hard to make this event a grand success. Every detail was handled with care and the event ran as smoothly as any ever witnessed.