Women’s World 9-Ball Champion Kelly Fisher will meet Russia’s Kristina Tkach in Group 4 of Predator Championship League Pool on Thursday, with the match to be broadcast free on the Matchroom Pool YouTube Channel, live from Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.
Fisher has played through three groups of the tournament so far and came close to qualifying for Winners’ Group when she went all the way to the Group 2 final on Tuesday.
Tkach was 2017 girls World Junior 9-Ball Champion. The 22-year-old from Moscow is a multiple European Champion and joins Predator Championship League Pool today, alongside Japan’s Naoyuki Oi.
The two newcomers will meet in the group opener at 12 noon (UK time), live on FreeSports, Matchroom.Live and DAZN. Kelly Fisher’s first match of the group will be at the same time on Table 2 in a repeat of Tuesday’s epic semi-final where she came from 4-1 down to beat Mieszko Fortunski 5-4.
Like Fisher, Albin Ouschan and Niels Feijen have both played in all three previous groups and will go head-to-head again in the second match of the day, while Billy Thorpe faces Fisher on Table 2.
Fisher and Tkach play in the fifth match scheduled on Table 1, at approximately 3:15pm (UK). As well as on FreeSports (UK), DAZN and Matchroom.Live (Rest of the world), the match will be available for fans to enjoy free at YouTube.com/MatchroomPool1.
Already this week Chris Melling, Eklent Kaci and David Alcaide have booked their places in Monday’s Winners’ Group, with four more spots remaining, all to be filled by Group Winners.
Predator Championship League Pool has a prize fund of $85,950. Every day features a seven-player group, with each player facing every other player once in a race-to-5. At the end of the group the top four advance to the play-offs, playing a semi-final and then final, also played as race-to-5. Play-off champions will advance to the big-money Winners’ Group on March 29, which will provide the showpiece conclusion of Predator Championship League Pool.
Players who finished bottom of each group are eliminated from the event, while the remaining five players in each group will continue to the next day’s play, where two new players enter the tournament.
Action from Table 1 of Predator Championship League Pool can be seen live on FreeSports (UK & Ireland), DAZN and Zhibo.tv (China). Viewers elsewhere in the world can tune in at Matchroom.Live, which also carries global coverage of Table 2.
Photos courtesy of JP Parmentier / Matchroom Multi Sport