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Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher to Undergo Open Heart Surgery

Kelly Fisher 3Scotland UK - July 15th, 2014

World Champion billiards player Kelly Fisher will be undergoing open heart surgery on July 22nd at an undisclosed hospital in the UK to correct a congenital heart defect. The 35 year old Fisher was diagnosed with a large atrial septal defect earlier this year. This is more commonly known as a "hole in the heart".

While any surgery carries risk, the success rates are very high for this type of surgery. "Thanks to all of my friends and family for their support during this time".

The typical recovery time for this procedure is around 3 months, so while Fisher will not be competing in any events for the remainder of the summer, she does hope to resume her championship form for the 9-Ball World Championships in Guilin China this October.

Black Widow Marathon This Weekend!

Jeanette Lee for biosThe Black Widow Marathon will air on ESPN Classic with 25 action-packed hours of programming celebrating WPBA Pro Jeanette Lee's 25 year competitive career and recent Hall of Fame induction. ESPN Classic is airing this iconic extravaganza for an entire weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, June 7th-8th. Beginning Saturday, June 7th at 7:00pm EST, the marathon kicks off with the 1994 WPA World 9-Ball Championship followed by the 1994 WPBA National 9-Ball Championship. The marathon runs throughout the evening, wrapping up at 11:00pm with a 1997 WPBA Classic Tour Event, and Sunday only gets better! For the night owls, the action kicks off early Sunday morning at 12:00am with a 1998 WPBA Classic Tour Event, running all day and closing out Sunday night at 8:00pm with the 2007 Skins Billiards Championship. Fans are encouraged to set their DVR's or plan on burning the midnight oil. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, to witness some of the most unforgettable "Black Widow" footage of all time. Don't miss it!

Established in 1976, the Women's Professional Billiard Association "WPBA" is the longest running, professional billiard organization in the world. From the onset of the WPBA and its exposure to millions on ESPN, the sport has evolved to be viewed as one with beauty, class, and elegance. Jeanette Lee epitomizes this ideal. "She is one of the most recognizable faces in billiards with fans spanning the globe" says WPBA President, Kim White-Newsome. "Jeanette is a true ambassador of our sport and the WPBA proudly supports her in these endeavors".ESPN Classic

Ga-Young Kim Defends WPBA Masters Championship Title


The Women's Professional Billiard Association descended upon Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino to host the WPBA Masters Championship, February 5-9th, 2014. Masters action was fast-paced and intense as South Korea's Ga-Young Kim soared to her second, consecutive Masters win, defeating Great Britain's Kelly Fisher in "sudden death".

WPBA fans from across the globe tuned in to ESPN3 catching Sunday's series of live, web-casted matches. The first semi-final saw Kim, aka "Little Devil Girl" shut out Austria's Jasmin Ouschan two straight sets (races to 4) advancing to the finals. In the second semi-final, tied at one set a piece, Kelly Fisher aka "Kwik Fire" bested 19 year old Chinese phenom Siming Chen in an ultimate game of sudden death.

The final show down between pool powerhouses Kim and Fisher promised a battle to the bitter end. Kim claimed the opening set but Fisher maintained focus, answering back with a set of her own. Unfortunately for Fisher, Kim exuded as much, if not more energy and resolve in the final, sudden death game as she did throughout the entire event. As Kim pocketed the final 9-ball, the crowd burst into applause.

Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort (SECR) Chief Executive Officer Wendy Reeve presented the trophies along with SECRMarketing "Fun Governor" Tim McCullough.image006

"It was a fantastic WPBA tournament and the excitement captured what the SECR experience is all about," CEO Reeve mentions. "A world class competition at a world class resort is what people saw on display here and I'm sure this diversity of entertainment will continue to drive our patrons back again!"

"Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort," stated WPBA President, Tamre' Geene'-Rogers, "is a fantastic supporter of the WPBA. Along with a side-by-side amateur event of over 400 players interacting with the ladies, this venue has become one of our favorite places to play. The atmosphere is exciting, energetic, and the staff is top notch as they are always accommodating. Many of us look forward to seeing each other each year and have developed some friendships along the way. On behalf of the staff and players of the WPBA, we want to say thank you so much to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort for the warm welcome and we look forward to doing it again."

The semis and finals of the 2014 WPBA Masters may be viewed for the next thirty days on ESPN3.

(Photos courtesy of Tribal Observer Contributing Writer Denise Pelcher)

Ga-Young Kim 1st
Kelly Fisher 2nd
Siming Chen 3-4th
Jasmin Ouschan 3-4th
Kim White-Newsome 5-6th
Karen Corr 5-6th
Brittany Bryant 7-8th
Line Kjorsvik 7-8th
Monica Webb 9-12th
Jennifer Chen 9-12th
Melissa Little 9-12th
Maureen Seto 9-12th
Jeanette Lee 13-16th
Vivian Villarreal 13-16th
Joanne Ashton 13-16th
Liz Cole 13-16th
Eleanor Callado 17-24th
June Maiers 17-24th
Laura Smith 17-24th
Sara Milller 17-24th
Jennifer Barretta 17-24th
Julie Kelly 17-24th
Jana Montour 17-24th
Helena Thornfeldt 17-24th