Ga Young Kim vs Vivian Villarreal could be an epic performance for both players as they are peaking Photos courtesy of Cryfoto.com , Charles Eames, and Joe Gonzalez
New York City- East vs West. Dynamic vs Dynamic. Hands down the two best performing players this week has been Texan Vivian Villarreal and South Korea’s Ga Young Kim. Today they showdown in the highly anticipated finale of the Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship. The pro tournament is the longest women’s billiard event of any kind with 6 days of heavy pool action with a round robin event that evolves into a final single elimination chart where players will start out races to 10 in 10-Ball and eventually rise to races to 11,13, and 17 in the finals. All activities are taking place at Steinway Billiards Cafe and sponsored by Andy Cloth, J.Pechauer Cues , Viking Cues, Steinway Billiards. , Olhausen Balls, Pool & Billiard Magazine , the NAPL & Focused Apparel . Patron sponsors include Dr. Greg Diehl, Tom Gleich, and Dr. Michael Frank. Media partners include PKE Partners, IB Sports, NYC Grind, Gotham City Technologies, Nona Photography, and Charles Eames Photography. 7 days of live pool will be filmed and streamed by Inside Pool TV. Pay per view on www.Dragonpromotions.com for the live marquee matches Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship taking place December 16th-21st at the same venue. The Championship is sanctioned by the WPBA Women’s Pocket Billiards Association.
Andy Billiard Cloth is the exclusive both used at international championship as well as numerous World Championships with their specially designed pro cloth for western pool
How well are both players playing? Let’s look at the stats:
24 games lost and 86 games won . 11-0 record with closest match score at 11-6.
24 games lost and 86 games won. 11-0 record with closest match score at 11-5.
Villarreal has just come back from a undefeated run last weekend going 7-0 to win the Space City Open in Texas. This puts her at a 18 match win streak coming into today’s finals.
Ga Young had won all 8 matches the last event she played before the start of this week making her total 19 match win streak in a row.
” I’m really playing the best pool of my life right now. I don’t know why, but I just feel good. Maybe because I’ve been playing with alot of good men players lately”, said Vivian today in an interview. “But I am so happy I’m playing Ga Young today. I love her fast pace style which suits me just fine. Last night my match would’ve been faster but Barretta has a slower pace style which doesn’t really suit me. She is still a very good player. Ga Young told me she is going to play real slow against me and I just laughed. We haven’t played a finals since over a decade ago. But I love this format! Someone said the finals between us would take 6 hours. No way! Me and Ga Young would bet the whole $20,000 in the finals purse that we will be done well before that. I predict the finals over in 2 and a half hours tops.”
“We always hope that we will play in the finals. Though it has only happened once a long time ago” said Ga Young. ” But Vivian is playing so good, and I love her style. She always plays the same rhythm. She is so full of concentration and confidence. I like that. I love the long races in the final rounds. The race to 17 is great! I haven’t played my best pool yet. Maybe today will be better”
When asked outright if she was the best player in the world, Ga Young took a pause to think.
“Yes. I think I am the best.”
To add to the commonalities, both players have been rooming with each other since the start of the event. Talking about apples to apples!
Today’s finals is pitting two players both playing at the top of their games. Don’t miss it.
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