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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Kelly Fisher wins first world pool title. Captures the Women's World 10-Ball

Kelly FisherManila, Philippines-  Great Britain's Kelly Fisher accomplished her life goal of becoming the World Champion in pool. Fisher maintained her undefeated run in Manila to race to the WPA World 10-Ball Championship title with her 10-4 dismantling of Taiwan's Pei Chen Tsai. Fisher excelled in a field that had 70 pro players worldwide vying for the title, and fought for 5 days winning 9 matches in a row in the sport's hardest tournament to win. 

Pei Chen Tsai knocked out heavy hitters prior to the finals including a 8-7 thriller over Filipina Rubilen Amit in the quarters, and then squeaked by paper favorite Ga Young Kim of Korea 9-7 in the semis. Tsai made an incredible kickshot on the final 3 balls with the match hanging in the balance at 8-7. The shot set up her win and seat at the finals.
"It was an amazing shot to come with at that moment", said Charlie Williams of Dragon Promotions.
"We really like to see new faces succeed at our events. We have had Asian, European, and American winners. We like the fact the players come knowing it's going to be fair for all. In our final four we had a Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and British player. We couldn't have hoped for much better diversity," commented Cindy Lee, CEO of Dragon Promotions.
In the finals, Kelly Fisher  took down the first game 1-0 but Tsai leveled it off the next frame. Fisher kept the lead but saw it tied again at 3-3. The table was playing tight, and Fisher used a controlled break while Tsia cannoned her break each time. Neither players having much success on the break, which is common in 10-Ball. Fisher then capitalized on a miss from Tsai and proceeded to win the next 6 games in a row. Both players getting opportunities, but Fisher making the most of it, defeating Tsai tactically the majority of the time. Tsai was able to mark one more game up on her side, but the lead was too insurmountable by then. Fisher clenched her fists over her cue and threw her hands up in the air as she pocketed the final ball.

It was the first finals of a World Championship for both Tsai and Fisher.
"I can't believe that I've finally done it. It really hasn't hit me yet," said Fisher after the match.  

"This tournament is very exciting! I hope I can come back and win it in the future", said Tsai in her closing interview after the finals.

"I've had alot of ups and downs the past couple years, and haven't really won anything. It's frustrating sometimes, but I kept working on my game and trying to get better. And then finally I had a good result last week in China getting to the finals, and then came here and won. It proves you just have to stick with it," added Kelly.
Fisher joins Allison Fisher as the only two players, man or woman, to hold World Championship titles in both snooker and pool. Both players coincidentally are both from England and both share the same last name, though not related.

"It's nice that the veterans are the ones keeping up with the Asians lately. Kelly really deserves it and I'm happy for her," said Allison Fisher. Allison could be seen at all of Kelly's matches giving her support.