WPA World Women’s 9-Ball Championship / Shenyang, China
The World Women’s 9-Ball Championship has revealed the final 4 players of the original 128 talented ladies vying in Shenyang, China, for the title. Great Britain’s Allison Fisher is one of the four, while the other three players hail from Asia.In the first round of the single-elimination phase that comprised 32 players, Fisher faced off against Xiaochun Zheng of China. She handled Zheng easily 9-2 and went on to play Angelina Paglia of the U.S., whom she also defeated with ease 9-1. In the third round Fisher went head to head with the WPBA’s top player, Ga Young Kim, and though they had a closely contested battle, it was Fisher who advanced 9-7.
Fisher’s semifinal opponent will be Shu-Man Chang of Taipei. After besting Yun Mi Lim of Korea 9-1 in the first round of the final 32, Chang also eliminated Monica Webb of the U.S. 9-7. Her closest match came from fellow countrywoman Yuan Chun Lin, which went double-hill before Chang moved on to the semifinals.
China’s Xiaofang Fu fought off three Taipei players en route to the semifinals. She bested Hui Shan Lai 9-3 in the first round and then advanced to meet Ho Yun Tan. Another quick victory for Fu went 9-2 and then she met Chieh Yu Chu. This match was much closer, but still Fu was able to move forward with a 9-7 victory.
Meeting Fu in the semifinals will be Shasha Liu, also from China. In Liu’s first match she ousted Miso Lin of Taipei 9-5. Her second match, though, did not go so easily. Her opponent was Kelly Fisher of Great Britain, and Fisher took Liu to the hill but did not advance. Liu bested her 9-8 and then went on to meet China’s Siming Chen, whom she defeated 9-5.
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