Vivian VillarrealThe Texas Tornado began playing pool when she was eight years old, and she dominated local tournaments right away, compiling over 200 trophies before she was a teenager. But Vivian abruptly stopped playing to play other high school sports, where she excelled at basketball and volleyball.Luckily, she returned to pool while in college. I took my basic classes and thought about accounting, but I got back into pool and wound up being a professional billiards player. In the past 13 years, she has amassed 16 titles, including the 1992 National Championship and the 1996 ESPN World Championship. But the win she remembers most is the 1992 Kasson Classic, which propelled her to number o­ne, where she remained for nearly two years. Since then, Vivian hasn’t fallen out of the top ten.

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