Final 16 Revealed at Pacific Coast Classic
WPBA Pacific Coast Classic / Lincoln City, OR
by Anne Craig – WPBA
Kelly Fisher is still in position to defend her Pacific Coast Title at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR, having reached the round of 16 unscathed. But her next opponent may prove to be her biggest challenge yet.
Fisher has had some tough opponents so far in the event, defeating Maureen Seto and Melissa Herndon in the first two rounds. She then had to face Yu Ram Cha, the Korean sensation who has been playing not only in WPBA events but the men’s events as well. This was a close match, but Fisher prevailed 9-7 to reach the final 16. But her next opponent will be Ga Young Kim, ranked number one on the tour.
Kim was going strong until the third round, where she encountered Norway’s Line Kjorsvik. In this knock-down, drag-out battle, Kjorsvik sent Kim to the one-loss side of the chart with a 9-8 victory, a huge win for “Rockstar.” From there Kim had to find her way out of the west side, eliminating Liz Ford 9-3 to make her return to the final 16.
Also joining them there is Eleanor Callado, a former junior champion who has made several appearances on the WPBA Tour of late. She lost her second-round match to Dawn Hopkins 9-3 but rallied, winning three matches in a row on the one-loss side. She ousted Tamara Rademakers 9-6, Rhio Flores 9-6, and finally Yu Ram Cha 9-7. Callado’s next opponent will be Xiaoting Pan, who went undefeated to the final 16.
Karen Corr, Allison Fisher, Iris Ranola, Jennifer Chen, and Jasmin Ouschan are also among the final 16 in the Pacific Coast Classic. Visit InsidePOOL for the latest news in the sport of billiards and pool.