WPBA WOMEN’S US OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP: 2ND FINALIST IS…
Gerda Hofstatter Heads to Finals Against Defending Champion Allison Fisher!
TULSA, OK – Today’s second semi-final matchup in the WPBA US Open 9-Ball Championships taking place this week at the River Spirit Event Center took place between two long-time WPBA players and champions, Austrian native Gerda “G-Force” Hofstatter and one of the sport’s best known players, the “Black Widow” Jeanette Lee!
Gerda struck first, quickly taking a three game lead in the race to seven. The fourth rack looked to be all Jeanette’s until a miscue on the seven gave Gerda ball-in-hand and a 4-0 lead.
In game five, Gerda played safe on a five ball; Jeanette missed the kick and Gerda again ran out to lead 5-0. In the next rack, Hofstatter played safe on the one, leaving Jeanette a tough kick. Lee nailed the kick but left Gerda another rack to maneuver through to get to the hill 6-0.
Gerda broke and ran to a long three, missing and leaving Jeanette a view. Jeanette made a great run-out to get on the board, then broke and ran out to trail 2-6. Breaking in two balls on the next rack, Jeanette looked good to run another, but uncharacteristically rattled a two ball in the corner pocket.
Gerda made the two, came up short on the three and made a great shot but was left tough on the five, and missed. Jeanette ran out to trail 3-6, then won the next game before Gerda finally got a clear shot back at the table to take the match 7-4 and earn a trip to the finals!
Next up: Defending champion Allison Fisher will fight to retain her title at 5 p.m.!
The quarter final, semi final and final matches will be broadcast by ESPN in seven one-hour national shows, airing Saturday, July 14, (Quarterfinals 12-4pm on ESPN2) and Sunday, July 15, (Semifinals/Final 1-4pm on ESPN2).
Fans and media can keep up with ongoing results at http://www.wpba.com/images/stories/brackets/2012_us_open.pdf Refresh the link for the most up-to-date results — scoring updates will take place throughout the day’s play!
Schedule of Events:
Sunday, June 10 at 3 pm and 5 pm
ESPN Semifinal #2 and Final (Tix are $20 general admission, $25 VIP)
It’s all taking place at the River Spirit Event Center, adjacent to the River Spirit Casino at 81st and Riverside in Tulsa.
Tickets are just $20 on June 9th and 10th! VIP tickets are available for $25. Visit www.riverspirittulsa.com/entertainment/eventcenter for tickets and more information!
Final Results – 64 Players
Helena Thornfeldt, Brittany Bryant, Line Kjorsvik, Mary Rakin
Melissa Herndon, Kim Shaw, Jennifer Barretta, Jennifer Chen
Jana Montour, Teruko Cucculelli, Angelina Paglia, Vivian Villarreal
Stacy Novack, Ewa Laurance, Jessica Barnes, Janet Atwell, Sara Miller, Emily Duddy, Brianna Miller, Liz Ford
Vicki Paski, Belinda Calhoun, Susan Williams, Kim Pierce, Megan Smith, Kim White-Newsome, Cathy Metzinger, Rhonda Pierce
Cheryl Pritchard, Carrie Williams, Emilyn Callado, Morgan Steinman, Brittany Colbert, Kelly Cavanaugh, Lisa Just, Joanne Ashton, Eleanor Callado, Melissa Little, Susan Mello, Kathy McMinn, Lori Jones, Erin McManus, Liz Cole, Laura Smith
Suzanne Smith, Michelle McDermott, Kayla Batson, Eugenia Gyftopoulis, Tonya Wiser, Delia Mocanu, Tamre Rogers, Teresa Gifford, Jessica Karacia-Human, Nicole Keeney, Melinda Huang, Stephanie Goens, Shari Ross, Pauline Mattes, Barbara Lee, Tina Hess
About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance, and celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the world’s greatest women players. Visit www.wpba.com for more. The WPBA Classic Tour is sponsored by Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis cloth, Delta 13, Pooldawg and Aramith balls.
About River Spirit Casino and Event Center
River Spirit Casino, Tulsa’s $195 million casino project at 81st & Riverside, showcases 300,000 square feet of gaming space and is one of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma. With over 2,600 high-tech electronic machines, 23 table games and 15 poker tables, River Spirit Casino offers the most current technology and latest games available. The facility features four dining and beverage venues including the largest casino buffet in Oklahoma, a steakhouse, a 24-hour café, a lounge and a sports bar. The newly renovated River Spirit Event Center is located at the site of the former Creek Nation Casino – Tulsa at 81st and Riverside Drive. The venue has nearly 20,000 sq. ft of useable space for sporting events, entertainment, conventions and meetings and all amenities. For more information on River Spirit Casino visit www.riverspirittulsa.com.
As an active community partner, River Spirit Casino provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and surrounding towns. Proceeds from gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and healthcare. For more information on the tribe’s history and government, please visit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Web site at www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov.