WPBA San Diego Classic / Alpine, CA
The upsets continue at the WPBA’s San Diego Classic, held at the Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA. Friday’s matches left eight undefeated players on the winners’ side, with twenty-two fighting it out on the one-loss side to return to the right side of the chart.
Sarah Rousey led the pack on the winners’ side with a 9-4 victory over Austria’s Gerda Hofstatter and now awaits an opponent to come over from the one-loss side. But the bigger story seems to be the match between Karen Corr and Iris Ranola. Corr, who recently had neck surgery, found herself in so much pain in the match she had to forfeit 5-2. She is scheduled to play in the one-loss side at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and as yet, it is unknown whether or not she will be able to do so.
Holly Sholes squeaked by Helena Thornfeldt 9-8 to join Ranola and Rousey, while Allison Fisher also survived a hill-hill bout against Tiffany Nelson-Crain to make it through to the final eight as well. Jeanette Lee dealt Jennifer Chen a 9-5 loss, Monica Webb defeated Line Kjorsvik 9-2, and Xiaoting Pan bested Melissa Herndon. Rounding out the final eight, Yu Ram Cha sent Vivian Villareal to the one-loss side in yet another hill-hill match.
Still alive on the west side, Kelly Fisher faced down Orietta Strickland 9-3 and will next play Tamara Rademaker. Jasmin Ouschan dealt a donut to My-Hanh Lac and next will play Brittany Bryant. Ga Young Kim and Vivian Villareal will fight for one of the final sixteen slots, as will Kim Shaw and Line Kjorsvik. The rest of the field is still playing down.
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