Four Ladies Return for Sunday Billiard Action
WPBA Pacific Coast Classic / Lincoln City, OR
From a field of 64, only 4 ladies remain to vie for first place at the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic. Hosted by Chinook Winds Casino & Resort in Lincoln City, OR, this event concludes Sunday, October 5.
The final round of 16 began earlier Saturday evening, with half of the field coming in from the one-loss side and half from the winners’ side. Monica Webb found herself challenged by Janet Atwell but was too strong, advancing 9-7 to meet defending champ Allison Fisher in the quarterfinals. Fisher had ousted Sarah Rousey with a resounding 9-3 win. That momentum wasn’t enough, though, to carry Fisher through to the semifinals, for Webb defeated her after a tightly contested 9-7 match.
Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal, who took fourth at the WPBA Carolina Classic last month, advanced to the quarterfinals after a 9-4 drubbing of the tour’s number-four player Ga Young Kim. She played third-ranked Xiaoting Pan, who earlier wreaked revenge on Gerda Hofstatter and eliminated her 9-6. In the previous round, Hofstatter had sent Pan to the west side of the chart 9-6. On a roll, Villareal rolled right through Pan in the quarterfinals, going hill-hill with her before triumphing 9-8.
Number-two-ranked Karen Corr returned from the one-loss side to challenge fellow former snooker player Kim Shaw after winning a 9-8 nail-biter over Line Kjorsvik. Corr suffered a surprising 9-6 loss in the first round to Kyoko Sone. Shaw pulled off a 9-4 defeat of U.S. Open runner-up Iris Ranola of the Philippines. In the quarterfinals, a determined Corr took charge of the match and surged through to win 9-5.
The last quarterfinal match featured the tour’s number-one-ranked player, Kelly Fisher, versus Yu Ram Cha. Interestingly, Fisher lost in the second round to Cha 9-7. To reach the quarterfinals, Fisher eliminated Jeanette Lee 9-4, while Cha sent Anna Kostanian packing 9-6. Fisher got her revenge, sending Cha home in a fifth-place tie by winning 9-5.
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