WPA Women’s World 9-Ball Championship / Shenyang, China
The Women’s World 9-Ball Championship, held this week in Shenyang, China, has gotten through its initial double-elimination, 128-player field and winnowed down to only 32 players to fight for the title in a single-elimination format.
Junior champion Brittany Bryant came through the one-loss side to make her appearance in the final 32. Bryant was defeated by Sarah Rousey in the first round 7-3 but dealt a 7-0 donut to Carlynn Sanchez in the next. She then survived a hill-hill nail-biter against Jasmin Ouschan 7-6 to reach the single-elimination round and to oust the Austrian prodigy.
Monica Webb also survived the west side of the chart to make it through. She won her first match against Nataly Camancho Villarroel of Bolivia 7-1 but was routed by former world champion Shin Mei Liu of Taipei 7-2. But Webb rallied in her next match, which was against Iris Ranola, and defeated the Filipina 7-2 to advance.
Also from the U.S., Rousey and Angelina Paglia have moved on to the single-elimination phase without a loss. After her win over Bryant, Rousey went on to face Adriana Villar and defeat her 7-3. Paglia has bested Japan’s Kajatani Akimi 7-3 and Xiaochun Zheng 7-6.
Both Allison and Kelly Fisher remain unscathed and have moved on to the single-elimination format. A. Fisher first defeated Gerda Hofstatter 7-3 and then Ina Jentschura of Germany 7-2, while K. Fisher scored wins over Ya Ting Chan 7-5 and Siming Chen 7-5.
Ranked number two on the WPBA, Karen Corr did not survive to play in the round of 32. Corr was sent to the west side of the chart after her first-round, hill-hill loss to Chieh Yu Chouh. She bested Kynthia Orfandis 7-4 but then was eliminated by Taipei’s Hui Shan Lai 7-5.
Representing Ireland, Julie “Motor Molly” Kelly survived a stint on the left side of the bracket to make a triumphant return to the final 32. Kelly defeated Ranola in the first round 7-5 and fought hard against Vivian Villareal in the next round but fell 7-5. She advanced to the final 32 after a 7-4 defeat of Canada’s Veronique Menard.
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