Final Four Set for Cuetec Cues Florida Classic
by InsidePOOL Staff
Billiards News – The 64-player field of the Cuetec Cues Florida Classic has wound down to their top 4, with Allison Fisher, Melissa Herndon (pictured right), Xiaoting Pan, and Ga Young Kim emerging as the top competitors. The event is hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL.
After scorching through the winners’ side, Allison Fisher arrived in the top four via victories over Cathy Metzinger 9-2 and Jennifer Chen 9-5. In her match with Austria’s Gerda Hofstatter, who earlier defeated Julie Kelly 9-4 and then Karen Corr 9-7, Fisher squeaked by with a hill-hill win.
In the same bracket, L.A.’s Melissa Herndon whizzed through her bracket, notching wins over Ga Young Kim 9-6 and snooker player Sarah Ellerby 9-7 to reach the final four. In her next match against Atlanta’s Helena Thornfeldt, who bested snooker player Kelly Fisher in a double-hill match and then won 9-4 over Cathy Metzinger, Herndon triumphed 9-7. Herndon will play Allison Fisher Sunday afternoon in the semifinals.
Xiaoting Pan is still going strong and in the final four, by virtue of her wins over 9-2 win over Kim White and then Atlanta’s Monica Webb 9-7. Webb had earlier defeated Vivian Villareal 9-4 and Lisa D’Atri 9-2.
Meeting Xiaoting Pan will be Ga Young Kim, who had a tough road to the finals in having to defeat Dawn Hopkins twice in a row. Once she escaped that, though, when she bested Kelly Fisher 9-7, it was smooth sailing. Pan will meet Kim in Sunday’s semifinal rounds.