Final Four Return Sunday in San Diego
WPBA San Diego Classic / Alpine, CA
by InsidePOOL Staff
The Women’s Professional Billiards Association (WPBA) San Diego Classic field has narrowed down to its final four returning Sunday for the semifinal matches. In the first semifinal, top-ranked Allison Fisher will meet Karen “The Irish Invader” Corr, while in the second semifinal, Gerda Hofstatter will play Ga Young Kim.
Hofstatter, who hails originally from Austria, suffered a 9-7 loss to Kim after two solid wins in the first two rounds. Once on the one-loss side, she faced down Laura Smith 9-4 to reach the final 16 draw. From there she soundly defeated Monica Webb 9-3 and then ousted three-time defending champion Kelly Fisher 9-7 to advance to the semifinals and a rematch with Kim.
Kim has had an undefeated run through the event as yet, dealing losses to Michelle Rakin 9-5 and then Belinda Calhoun before her match with Hofstatter. From there she went on to defeat former ACUI champion Eleanor Callado 9-6 and then Sarah Ellerby 9-7 to reach the semifinals.
Both Corr and Fisher have also experienced no defeats as yet, and one will advance to play in the final match Sunday. Fisher virtually walked over the field on her way to the semifinals, advancing with wins over Melissa Morris 9-1, Jennifer Barretta 9-1, Vivian Villareal 9-4, and Cathy Metzinger 9-2 before meeting her biggest challenge of the event so far in Helena “The Sledgehammer” Thornfeldt, whom she eliminated 9-7.
Corr also enjoyed an equally unchallenged run to the semifinals. She started off by defeating Candi Rego 9-1, Laura Smith 9-2, and then Caroline Pao 9-4 before reaching the final 16. There she eliminated Villareal 9-4 and went on to oust Anna Kostanian 9-3.
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