Kelly Fisher will face Chieh-Yu Chou in the semi-finals of the Predator World Women’s 10-Ball Championship, while Jasmin Ouschan will face Wei Tzu Chien after the remaining 24 competitors played down to four on Friday at Sportpark Klagenfurt, Austria.
Ouschan had three matches to qualify for the semi-finals, and she won them all to assure she would compete on the final day of the event in her hometown, which she was a significant driving factor in organizing.
Ouschan returned to the court on Friday morning after losing to Pia Filler on Thursday. The Serbian teenager never let her opponent go too far ahead and twice came back from behind to tie the match at 4-4. However, Ouschan was able to reach the hill at 6-4 up, and despite Sarac pulling another rack back, it was the Austrian who advanced to the last 16 as a 7-5 victor.
Before the last 16 began, the tournament was redrawn, with the tournament now using a single elimination system and all remaining matches being a race to 9.
Ouschan was drawn against Germany’s Ina Kaplan, who had earlier this week upset defending champion Rubilen Amit. Kaplan was another difficult opponent for the Austrian, who triumphed 9-6 before defeating Ho-Yun Chen 9-3 in the quarterfinals.
Wei, who conceded just three racks in three sets on Friday, awaits Ouschan in the semi-finals tomorrow. First, she defeated Veronique Menard 7-1, then Pia Filler was ousted 9-2, and finally, Canada Open winner Chia Hua Chen was destroyed 9-0 on the main table.
“I didn’t expect it to be that that,” Wei stated after defeating Chen. “We’ve known each other for a long time, and she’s a fantastic player.” I’m having a great time competing in this tournament. Because of Covid and lockdowns, I haven’t been to an international competition in three years, so I’ve simply tried to have fun.”
Fisher will face Chieh-Yu Chou in the second semi-final. Fisher began the day in the last 16 after being unbeaten through single elimination. Her first match of the day was a rematch of the Germany Open final, which went to a shootout, against Eylul Kibaroglu. This match, however, was not as tight, with Fisher winning 9-3.
The next opponent was Filipino Chezka Centeno, and Fisher once again made a statement effort, winning 9-6 against a difficult opponent.
“I am overjoyed to have won that one,” Fisher said. “I’ve played Chezka a lot throughout the years, but we haven’t seen each other in three years.” I know she’s firing on all cylinders, but the only way to beat her is to keep her seated. I haven’t been playing well, but today was a terrific day; I played very well, employed a little bit of strategy – I’m a little older, a little wiser – and managed to gain the upper hand and maintain control.”
Chou, Fisher’s semi-final opponent
Opened the day with a 7-1 win against Oliwia Zalewska to advance to the last 16, where she was beaten 9-6. This set up a quarter-final match with South Korean Yun Mi Lim, which Chou won 9-3 to secure a medal.
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