Fantastic Jeanette Lee-Line Kjorsvik match-up highlights WPBA U.S. Open
By SEAN CHAFFIN

The four semifinalists have been determined at the WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, and fans were treated to a stellar battle between two of the biggest names in billiards.

Fisher proves fantastic
In Quarterfinal No. 1, defending champion Allison Fisher defeated Helena Thornfeldt 7-1. Thornfeldt found herself in a 3-0 hole early as Fisher dominated play with consistent shots and safe play. In rack two, Fisher opened with a dry break, but Thornfeldt failed to sink the 9-Ball. She then continued by running the table on Rack 3. Thornfeldt was able to capture the fourth rack thanks to a table-length bank shot on the 9-Ball after a safe play by Fisher. In Game 5, Thornfeldt fouled after the break when her clothing touched a ball. The two women traded a couple misses before Fisher was able to pocket the remaining four balls and take a commanding 4-1 lead.

Fisher continued her brilliant play in the tournament by winning rack six and then ran the table on the seventh and eighth racks to win the match. Her play was smooth and controlled throughout and looks on form to make a run at back-to-back titles.

“I got off to a nice start and tried to relax,” she said after the match. “I was really pleased. It was solid. I feel like I controlled the match. I played some great safeties, some great technical shots. It was good all around for me.”

Webb rolls up impressive victory
In Quarterfinal No. 2, Monica Webb was impressive in a 7-3 victory over Brittany Bryant. Webb took an early 2-1 lead and then ran the table after Bryant’s break was dry on rack four. Bryant would battle back in the next rack bringing it her to within one rack of tying it at 3-2. Webb would then take advantage of some Bryant errors including a scratch on the break on rack six, and would sink the final four balls for the win. She then took the next rack as well. In rack eight, Bryant barely missed a combination shot on the 9-Ball, but left it just in front of the pocket. Webb would later bank it in herself for an early win and a 5-3 lead.

Throughout the match, Webb played safe well and took advantage of mistakes. She finished off her opponent on the last two racks to advance. Despite some stellar play, Webb said she felt a bit rusty going into the match.

“I went from being nervous to calm, nervous to calm,” Webb said. “I just felt rusty for some reason. I didn’t feel quite on. I think Brittany was a little nervous and that was fortunate for me and I came out the winner. I was trying to take her out of her game and give myself easier shots because I didn’t feel great. I just kept fighting, keeping myself in the match, hoping that was enough, and it was.”

Webb will take on Fisher in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon.

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Quarterfinal No. 3 proved to be the best of the day, with Jeanette “The Black Widow” Lee taking on top-notch Kjorsvik.

Quarterfinal No. 3 proved to be the best of the day, with “The Black Widow” Jeanette Lee taking on top-notch Line Kjorsvik. The seesaw battle would go to the final game in a thrilling conclusion that will make for great television on ESPN. In Game 1, Kjorsvik’s break was dry and Lee missed a tough shot on the 1-Ball. Kjorsvik’s shot on the 1 was good, but then missed a bank shot on the 2. With the 9-Ball just in front of a corner pocket, Lee’s combination 2-Ball to 9-Ball ended the game. Kjorsvik would have her chance in Game 2 when Lee scratched after sinking three balls. The resulting ball in hand allowed Lee to sink a 5 to 9-Ball combination for the win and the score was tied 1-1.

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