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Liu Shasha is World 9-Ball Champion! -Jerry Forsyth, WPA Press Officer-

Shasha with trophy. Photo by Michael Newman

The pool world has a new World Champion and she is only 16 years old. Liu Shasha of China has defeated Karen Corr of Great Britain 9-5 to claim the title and set her career in motion in grand style. When the last day of the Kappa 2009 Women’s World 9-Ball Championship in Shengyang, China began there were four undefeated players all seeking the same prize. The two semi-final matches could not have been closer. First, Karen Corr defeated

Fu Xiofang of China 9-8 to earn her berth n the final set. Then Liu Shasha edged her fellow Chinese citizen Pan Xiaotang by the same 9-8 margin to get her ticket punched for the honor of playing Corr in the finals. Before the final match a playoff was held between Pan Xiaotang and Xiaofang to determine our third place finisher. Pan controlled this match throughout and took that spot with a very convincing 9-1 victory. Then a crowd of over 1,000 very excited fans took their seats to watch the final battle. It appeared that Corr would walk away with the title. She was the master of the table early on and rarely gave Shasha a glimpse of daylight. At one point she led our race to nine games by the score of 5-1. Shasha was obviously nervous and off her game. But then, assuming that she had to be aggressive to have a chance at victory, she put her nerves

down and began her march. She won the next game to make the score 5-2, then broke and ran five racks in a row to lead 7-5. The penultimate rack had a bit of back and forth but Shasha won that as well and then on the final break she made four balls on the snap and easily made the clearance to take her 6th break and run of the match and earn the gold! Congratulations to our youthful champion and to all of the organizers who worked so hard to make this event a grand success. Every detail was handled with care and the event ran as smoothly as any ever witnessed.

Karen Corr

Albay wins at Eastside Billiards Wilfredo went undefeated with a 6 - 0 win/loss record, defeating Mike Davie 6 - 2; Bhavin Patel 6 - 2 ; Robert Kight 7 - 2; Yomaylin Feliz 6 - 1; Kyle Ferris 7 - 6 and Geoffrey Bauer 7 - 5 in the Finals. Special praise goes to Runner-Up Geoffrey Bauer with an impressive 7 win/ 2 loss record. And congratulations to Kyle Ferris on his 3rd place finish in his first Tri-State event. The Tri-State Tour thanks Sterling - Gaming; Ozone Billiards; Viking Cues and our other sponsors for their continued support in our favorite sport. Finally, we wish to thank the owner of Eastside Billiards ( Jerry Shipman) for hosting the event. RESULTS: 1st $670 Wilfredo Albay 2nd $340 Geoffrey Bauer 3rd $190 Kyle Ferris 4th $110 Robert Kight 5/6 $65 Yomaylin Feliz, Gary Murgia 7/8 $50 Teddy Lubis, Trevor Heal

From left to right; Geoffrey Bauer, Wilfredo Albay, Kyle Ferris.

December 2009 - Stroke Magazine 9

Stroke Magazine December 2009  
Stroke Magazine December 2009  

The Pool Players Voice for the East Coast now has the December issue online. Read all the latest news from tournaments and events.