Ranola Versus Fisher Finals Set
WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Norman, OK
In the first semifinal match of the day, Ranola of the Philippines and Yu Ram Cha of Korea, both at the event by virtue of qualifiers they had won on the regional tour circuit, met. Ranola started off strong with a break and run after winning the lag, but Cha countered by taking the next three games in a row to take a 3-1 lead. A missed kick by Cha brought Ranola within one rack, but when she missed a cut on the 6 ball in the next, Cha took that game. Ranola grabbed the next rack, but Cha then broke and lined up perfectly for a 2-9 combo, but Ranola fought back to take the next two racks after a couple of key errors by Cha, bringing the score to 5 apiece. After a safety skirmish over the 7 ball, Cha reached the hill first. Ranola joined her there after winning the next rack. It was Ranola’s break in the final game, and she pocketed four balls on her break, leaving an easy run-out to win 7-6 and advance to the finals.
The second semifinal was almost as tight as the first, with Fisher and Jeanette Lee trading racks between them. Safety battles in the first two racks split them up, and then two misses by Fisher gave Lee a 3-1 advantage. Lee scratched off the 1, giving the next to her opponent, but Fisher missed the 8 ball in the next to hand the game to Lee, making it 4-2. Displaying excellent defensive play, Fisher won the next two racks to knot the score at 4 apiece. She then smoothly pocketed a 6-9 combo to take the lead. However, she came up empty on her following break, and Lee cleared the table. When Lee missed the 3 in the next rack, Fisher took the hill 6-5. It looked as though it was going to reach double-hill, but Lee missed a bank shot on the 1 ball, and dished up to win 7-5.
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