Monday, March 26, 2007

Xiaoting Pan takes maiden win in Great Lakes Classic

China's Xiaoting Pan bounced back from last month's finals loss in winning the Great Lakes Classic for her first tour title.

Pan defeated Sweden's Helena Thörnfeldt 7-2 in a one-sided final. Kelly Fisher (England) and Ga-Young Kim (South Korea) finished joint third.

This was the second straight tour victory by an Asian this year. Ga-Young Kim (South Korea) beat Pan in the final of last month's Carolina Classic.

It's worth noting that neither of the two dominant players on tour made it to the semi-finals this time. Fittingly they were downed by the finalists. Karen Corr (Northern Ireland) lost 9-7 to Thörnfeldt in the first round of single elimination. Pan beat Allison Fisher (England) 9-4 in the quarter-finals.

With this win Pan moves from 8th to 4th in the WPBA Rankings. Thörnfeldt improved by 3 positions, from 13th to 10th. The list is still headed by Allison Fisher (England), followed by Karen Corr (Northern Ireland) and Kelly Fisher (England).

The event took place from March 21-25 at the Blue Chip Hotel and Casino, Michigan City, Indiana, USA. This was the second event of the WPBA season. Next up is San Diego Classic, April 18-22.

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