Going into the fourth and final day of the WPBA Masters at the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino in Mount Pleasant, MI, only four of the world’s top players were left standing with a chance to go home with a victory.
For the first time in the history of the WPBA, the semifinal and final rounds of the tournament were shown live on ESPN3, which was available to ESPN’s cable and satellite subscribers on ESPN3.com. For those who were unable to watch it live, the recordings will continue to be available for viewing on the website for 30 days following the original showing.
The two semifinals were held consecutively, with the first match taking place at 1pm. The format for the semifinals and final matches was different from previous events, with each match being two races to four. A player could win by winning both sets, or if each player won one set, the match would be determined by a sudden death tiebreaker.
The first semifinal match would be between the tour’s #1 ranked player of 2012 Allison Fisher and current World 10-Ball Champion Ga-Young Kim. Fisher was the player to enter the semifinal undefeated, after closing her dominate win over Monica Webb at 9-4 the night before. Kim, meanwhile, had lost in the same round to Karen Corr 9-8, but went on to oust Jasmin Ouschan from the tournament with a 9-6 win.
Allison Fisher and Ga-Young Kim’s semifinal would be the only one to go to the tiebreaker game. Both sets would be very close, with Fisher winning the first at 4-3, while Kim won the second, also 4-3. In the sudden death tiebreaker, the match was decided after Kim played a successful safety on the two ball, gaining ball in hand to run out the final rack and position herself in the final.
The second semifinal pitted longtime top-ranked pro Monica Webb of Atlanta against 2012 BCA Hall of Fame inductee Karen Corr. Corr, who like Fisher had entered the semifinal with no losses, was not able to get into gear in this match…while Webb powered through to sweep the match, winning both sets 4-0 to get a shot at the title in the final match.
In the final match between Monica Webb and Ga-Young Kim, Kim took down the two opening racks, and set the tone for the match. While Webb walked away without losing a game in the previous match, her position would be reversed in the final. Kim was in full force in the final match, winning both sets 4-0 to earn her first WPBA Masters title.
While Ga-Young Kim earned a well-played victory in the opening event of the WPBA’s 2013 season, Monica Webb also had an impressive performance at Soaring Eagle, having defeated 2011 champion Jasmin Ouschan 9-3 and Jeanette Lee 9-6 to make it to the final rounds. Definitely a great start to 2013 for both players!