Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Kelly Fisher captures maiden US Open title

2008 WBPA US OpenEngland's Kelly Fisher avenged last year's final loss and won her first WPBA US Open title.

In the deciding match she defeated surprise finalist Filipino Iris Ranola 7-1. Jeanette Lee (USA) shared third place with Yu Ram Cha (South Korea).

Kelly Fisher took away $15,000 for first place. Ranola won $9,000 for her runner-up position.

This was Kelly's first US Open trophy. It was also her first Classic Tour victory of the season and fourth of her career. Her three previous wins all came in the San Diego Classic.

Allison Fisher (England) came into the event as the three-time defending champion. This year was a completely different story though as she went out early after losing her first two matches.

The win puts Kelly atop the WPBA rankings. She started the week at No.5. Karen Corr (Ireland) is still in second place and Xiaoting Pan (China) drops from shared second to third. Allison Fisher drops all the way from first to sixth.

The event took place from July 1 to August 3 in the Riverwind Casino, Norman, Oklahoma, USA. It was the fourth of seven this season on the Classic Tour. Next up is the Carolina Classic, September 10-14, in Durham, North Carolina.

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  1. Kelly is a great player and it is good to see that she can win outside of San Diego. I met her back in 2004 and have worked with her on a couple of projects back in the UK. A future number 1 ranked player if she keeps up the hard work!

  2. I've also met her, and must say she seemed like a very nice and "real" person.

    It's amazing that she's the third snooker world champion to have conquered the world of pool.

    It'll be interesting to see if the current snooker champ Reanne Evans will do the same.