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Born: February 9th
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
First Pro event : 2010
Official Pro Status: 2014
Associated Sponsors: Castle Billiards (NJ), Mezz Cues, Megabucks Pool League
Born in Albania, but now a New Yorker, Borana attended music school most of her life in the most prestigious schools, studying piano for 12 years. She also loves mathematics and angles, and feels that math helped her find her love for the pool game. Borana feels that piano and billiards can both be perfected by long hours of practice and long term dedication.
Born: August 15
Birthplace: Abingdon, VA
First Pro event : 1999
Official Pro Status: 2004
Associated Sponsors: Borderline Billiards and Breakrak
A player on the Women’s Professional Billiard Tour (WPBA), Janet Atwell lists perseverance as her greatest strength in the game.
Since she first picked up a pool cue 12 years ago, natural athlete and born competitor Jennifer Barretta, has become one of the top ten female 9-ball players in the world. With coaching and long days of practice Jennifer climbed the ranks to become "Player of the Year" on the Chesapeake Area Tour which earned her spots into all of the professional events for 2003. By October 2003 Jennifer achieved the prestigious "Touring Pro" status with the Women's Professional Billiards Association, and in December 2004 Jennifer proved she was more than just a pretty face when she defeated the #1 ranked player during an ESPN televised match, ultimately finishing the event in 3rd place. In 2006 she captured her first international title by winning the Empress Cup in Korea in front of a record breaking television audience. She is currently ranked 7th on the WPBA tour and frequently competes in men's tournaments.
Known for her movie star looks, and voted into ESPN's "25 Sexiest Female Athletes of 2005" and the top 16 "Sexiest Female Athletes of 2008" on InGameNow.com, Jennifer has already been featured in numerous international and trade magazines including a three page spread in the widely circulated FHM (For Him Magazine, May 2004). In November 2005 she was featured in a 4 page article in Playboy Magazine. With numerous television appearances on "America's Nightly Scoreboard", "McEnroe", "The Best Damn Sports Show" , and "One Life to Live" along with being cast as the lead role in the feature film "9 Ball", Jennifer has not only become SAG and AFTRA eligible, but she has secured her role as one of the most marketable athletes on the professional billiards scene.
Originally a tennis player and fitness competitor, Jennifer is no stranger to the pressure of competing and winning. A one time AAU "Ms. Philadelphia" fitness winner she has seamlessly translated her discipline and desire to win into the world of professional pool. With many tournament wins in fields dominated by men, this small town tomboy turned fitness pageant winner is not only set to conquer the billiards industry, but is certain to become a household name.
To learn more about Jennifer Barretta, please visit her website at: www.jenniferbarretta.com
Although still a teenager, Brittany Bryant has already accomplished more than most players do in a lifetime. In only three years of competitive play, she has racked up wins at events across North America, culminating in a World Junior Girls 9-Ball Championship title at the November, 2008 event in Reno, Nevada. Currently ranked at 26th (as of June 1st, 2009) in the Women's Professional Billiard Association, Brittany is a fast-rising star with world-caliber skills and a friendly, made-in-Canada temperament.
Birthday: September 29
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Music- Hip Hop, Pop, Reggae... I'm really open to all except opera (I tried and it was not for me!)
Books- Michael Connelly is my favorite author, so really anything from him is great.
Hobbies: (Other than pool) I enjoy photography, drawing, tennis, basketball
How I got into pool...
I played for the first time when I was 8 on Saturdays for a month because my dad wanted to teach me… so not very long. Some of my favorite memories growing up were Saturday afternoons with my dad. He had these videos of Mike Sigel, Jimmy Fusco, Nick Varner, Wade Crane, and Jimmy Mataya playing in a ring game or doing tricks shots. I would always want to watch them and never get tired of seeing them over and over again. Plus I got to watch them with my dad and enjoy that time with him.
Then when I was in about the 8th grade I picked it up again. I played in free tournaments at the Great Entertainer in San Francisco (when it was still there) against other kids in the area every Saturday. That’s how it all began… I met all sorts of people and later on I heard more about where I should be playing and also what other tournaments were out there. I’ve been competing ever since! I’ve found myself driving from Carson City to Sacramento to Monterey for tournaments. It never gets old.
To learn more about Eleanor Callado, please visit her website at: www.eleanorcallado.com
Birthday: November 17
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Current residence: Orlando, FL
- 2010 Runner-up US Amateur Championships
- 2011 BAAT Tour Champion
Cue: Predator, Z2 shaft
How did you start playing pool?
I played here and there in college but didn't get my real start until I joined an APA team. I was hooked immediately and was lucky to have many mentors and teachers over the years. They were always positive and supportive and I am still learning from them every day. I will always be grateful for their help and hope to make them proud!
A Taipei, Taiwan, resident, Jennifer Chen is known to her fans as "China Doll." She first played in a pro event in 1993 but did not join the Women's Professional Billiard Tour (WPBA) until 1997.
Chen holds multiple Taiwan and Asian titles and was runner up in 2005 at the World Games 9-ball event. She is sponsored by Extreme Co. and plays with an Extreme cue. Her birthday is July 17.
Birthday: July 29th
Years competing: 2004-present
Titles/accomplishments: 2008-2009 NWPA Tour Champion
Cue: Pechauer/Predator 314 shaft
Table: Brunswick Gold Crown
Favorite movie: Breakfast Club
What's playing on your iPod? Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas
How did you start playing pool? Just playing a little bar pool and was asked to join a pool team for the APA
Do you have any advice for beginners? Join a league. The APA (American Poolplayers Assoc)and BCA (Billiards Congress of America)are both competitive and fun, building individual skills and new friendships.
In 1998, when Corr moved to United States and traded snooker for American 9-ball she attacked the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) Classic Tour with precision shooting and unbreakable concentration. Corr's quick rise to the top and her consistent dominance on American soil has earned her the only spot in this year's BCA Hall of Fame class.
The Northern Ireland born Corr, 42, was formally inducted into Greatest Player wing of the BCA Hall of Fame on October 26, 2012.
Shortly after winning her fourth world snooker title in 1997, Corr moved to the U.S., switched her game to 9-ball and raced through one WPBA qualifier after another in pursuit of a Classic Tour touring card. After just six months, Corr was ranked 24th in the WPBA, rising to No.4 in 1999.
She captured her first Classic Tour title in 2000, the Cuetec Cues Players Championship. She added two more tour titles in 2000, and then rose to the No. 1 ranking in 2001 with an amazing six titles. In the same year, she also was named Player of the Year (POY) by Pool & Billiard Magazine and Billiards Digest, breaking Allison Fisher's string of five consecutive POY honors.
In her 13 years playing in the U.S., Corr has won 15 Classic Tour titles, four BCA Open titles, three WPBA National Championships and three Tournament of Champions titles. She has won numerous international and regional events and was runner-up twice at the WPAWorld 9-Ball Championships. Corr also has a Joss Northeast Tour title to her credit and from 2001 through 2008 she was one of the open tour's most successful players.
To learn more about Karen Corr, please visit her website at: www.karencorr.net.
Date of birth: October 31 1977
Break cue: Hubler
Playing cue: Paul Mottey
Shaft brand: Paul mottey regular shaft
Wins & Titles: Miss Cues Ladies Regional Tour Champion 2011
Emily Duddy is truly a billiard ambassador on a mission to help take the game of pool more into mainstream America!
Along with her goal to one day win a world title for the USA, Emily travels to compete as much as possible to increase her competitive experience and draw attention to the competitive pool world.
- Emily Duddy was born October 25th,1983
- Grew up in Pasadena, California
- Began playing pool at 8 years old
- Plays lefty although she is right handed
- Started competing at 18
- Holds a BA in Psychology from UCSC
- Moved to NYC in 2007 to pursue pool
- Member of team "Kiss of Death"
- WPBA "Rookie of the Year" in 2010
- WPBA Ranking – 19th
GOAL: Win a world championship
To learn more about Emily Duddy, please visit her website at: www.emilyduddy.com.
Remember The Name
To watch any athlete in the throes of passion – performing the sport they love with flawless execution and an expression that dares defeat to cross their path – this is the thrill we so enjoy as spectators. For Fisher fans, this thrill is multiplied, each and every time she chalks up another victory. Allison Fisher embodies the indomitable spirit of the consummate athlete. Forget that she's brilliant at the table. Forget that she's the most consistent player in the history of pool. Watching Allison defeat an opponent is memorable for so many more reasons: her precise mechanics, her deadly aim, the incredible planning that goes into a perfect run-out, and the patience of a hungry predator as she waits to make her move.
She's been called the "Fisher Queen," the "Barracuda," the "Duchess of Doom," and yes, even "Alli the Bug" (by a big brother when they were kids), but the truth is, none of the nicknames quite fit the personality of this resilient champion. "I don't like nicknames personally," says Allison Fisher. "I am my own brand in my eyes." Countless opponents have felt the sting of that brand. But at the end of the day, Allison Fisher wants to be known simply as herself, for her real name, and her real game...
Born of Passion
Allison was just seven years old when she first picked up a cue. "I watched Snooker on TV with my Dad and liked the look of it. I asked for a small table and I got one that Christmas." It was love at first strike. Shorter perhaps, but no less deadly at the table, Allison was soon challenging anyone who came through the front door. But then as Allison tells it, she was competitive by nature, and not just on a snooker table. "I liked playing soccer and I remember kicking a ball against the front wall for hours when I was younger," says Allison. "I played it at school with the boys and a couple of girls. When I was older I played field hockey, netball, basketball and threw the javelin. I was very competitive and loved sport. I went for county trials at hockey and the javelin."
A natural athlete, Allison soon represented her school in all sports and typically played with teams a year ahead of her. But besides her gifted physical prowess, her successful athletic endeavors as a student were an early indication of an indomitable spirit, her will to win. And it was snooker that captured her heart and imagination above all other sports. "I would come home from school and play. I remember being around at my friend's house and my Mum called and offered me a chance to go and play Snooker down the pub. I immediately left and went to do that." *
To read the rest of her biography and to learn more about Allison Fisher, please visit her website at: www.allisonfisher.com.
Born: Pontrefact, West Yorkshire, England
Sponsors: Fury Cues & KwikFire, Inc
First Pro Event: 2004 Canadian Classic
Turned WPBA Pro: 2005
"Kwikfire" Kelly Fisher was born in Pontrefact, West Yorkshire, England. She began playing Snooker at an early age thanks to her Father and Coach Lionel Payne. Kelly first began playing snooker in 1991, aged 13. She won her first major ranking title in 1994, aged 16 and she won her first European championships the same year. Kelly quickly became a fierce competitor becoming the undisputed European Snooker Champion 7 times and a 6 time World Snooker Champion. She won her first of 6 World title in 1998, aged 19. Then she moved to the US in 2004 and qualified in her first year, placing 3/4 in the US Open, still as an amateur/semi pro player. She turned WPBA Pro in 2005 and won her first Classic ranking event the same year...the San Diego Classic, which she won for 3 consecutive years.
Kelly Fisher's Titles:
6 x World Snooker Champion
7 x European Snooker Champion
3 x West Coast Classic Champion
2013- WPA World #1
2013- CBSA (China) #1
2013- Amway Cup: 1st
2013- TOC: 1st
2013- World Games: Bronze Medalist
2012- WPA World #1
2012- CBSA (China) #1
2012- WPA Player of the Year
2012- China Open: 1st
2012- 9 Ball WC: 1st
2011- World 10-ball Champion
2010- TOC: 1st
2009- US Open: 1st
2009- Champion of Champions - International Tournament of Champions
2008- US Open Champion
2008- Player of the Year
2008- WPBA #1
2008- WPBA US Open Champion
2008- WPBA Pacific Coast Classic Champion
2005-2008- 4 x Pacific Coast Classic Champion
2005-2007- 3x WPBA San Diego Classic Champion
Dawn began playing in 1983 and after working hard on her game, played in the 1984 Women's U.S. Open Championship. In 1990 she became a full time player on the tour and since then has finished in the top 16 end of year ranking for most of those years.
In the WPBA's first year of the Classic Tour, Dawn was runner-up in the WPBA National Championships. She also competed in the finals of WPBA's historic first ever live television coverage of an event with Allison Fisher in the ESPN Ultimate 9-Ball Challenge.
With state championship titles in 8-ball, 9-ball and 14.1 (straight pool), her knowledge of the game made her a perfect fit as commentator for ESPN billiard programming. Other accomplishments include past president and current board member of the WPBA, co-promoter of the Super Billiards Expo, author of the book "Kids Learn To Play Pool", past founder/publisher of the "All About Pool" magazine, past recipient of the WPBA "Presidents Award", producer of the Atlanta Billiard Show and WPBA Niagara Falls Classic and currently the CEO of the Jersey Shore APA pool leagues.
She is a singer/songwriter and loves tennis, golf, reading and most things artistic or athletic.
Dawn has two children, Beau and Billy, and grandson Max. These are her best accomplishments.
To learn more about Dawn, please visit her website at www.jerseyshoreapa.com.
Nicole Keeney, 24, is now ranked one of the 32 best female pool players in the world — she's ranked as high as No. 13 in her young career.
Pool has taken her all over the world, from Arizona to Germany to China to Las Vegas (her favorite). Keeney learned the game from her father and has only been playing for about six years.
"It was my dream to get on tour when I was younger, and I really tried hard to make that come true," she said.
Touring is a lot like dorm life, where good friends are made."We root each other on and watch each other's games," she said. "But sometimes you have to play each other. It's hard because you want to beat them but at the same be their friend."
There are life lessons, too — while it's fun to make the tough and risky shots, sometimes it's better to take it easy.
Besides lots of practice, her best advice is to know the mechanics of the game and "stay down on your shot" to avoid scooping the ball upward.
While aging out of pool isn't nearly as much of a problem as it is in other sports, Keeney does have other plans for the future. She wants to learn to play golf and maybe start a pool-related business.
Kim Ga-young (born January 13, 1983 in Seoul; usually referred to in the media as Ga-young Kim and nicknamed "Little Devil Girl") is a South Korean female professional pocket billiards (pool) player who plays on the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) tour. Her father began teaching her to play three-cushion billiards (a form of carom billiards) when she was about twelve years old. After playing three-cushion for about three years, she started playing nine-ball pool and turned pro at the 2003 BCA Open.
Kim practices about 30 hours a week and enjoys a friendly rivalry with fellow Asian WPBA player Xiaoting Pan of China. Kim and Pan met in the finals of the 2007 Carolina Women's Billiard Classic, with Kim prevailing 7–6 in the WPBA's first all-Asian championship match. Kim and Pan finished the 2007 WPBA season ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively, behind perennially top-ranked Allison Fisher. In January 2008 Kim began using the cue sticks manufactured by (and entered into an endorsement agreement with) K.F. Cues, a Taiwan-based company. Kim speaks Korean as well as Mandarin Chinese, the language she converses in with Xiaoting Pan.
- 2004 US Open Nine-ball Championship
- 2004 World Championships
- 2007 Carolina Women's Billiard Classic Champion
- 2009 US Open Nine-ball Championship
- 2009 Hong Kong East Asian Games Women's 9 Ball winner
- 2010 US Open Nine-ball Championship
- 2010 Yalin women's world 10 ball championship runner-up
- 2012 Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship (Champion)
- 2013 Ultimate 10-Ball Championships | Women's Division (Champion)
Born: 29th of December in Trondheim Norway.
Lives: Villa Rica, GA
Sponsor: Stix Bar and Grill
I started playing pool...oh my God, it so long ago.at the age of 14- 15. They put up a 7 foot pool table at my school and made it available for the students in between classes. Being the only girl I got a kick out of beating the guys. Around the same time a poolroom opened not far from where I lived. And I started going there with some of my friends every now and again.
After a while one of the guys in the poolroom let me borrow his two peace Mc Dermot cue, but only if I promised to become a member of the club. I had never seen such pretty cue before and that was it for me; I was hooked. I used to play a lot of Handball and Soccer at this time, but eventually Pool became a bigger part of my life. I started playing National Tournaments and eventually represented Norway in international tournaments. In the beginning it didn't really strike me that people could make a living out of playing pool. But at European Championships I was introduced to professional players . It was like this I heard about the Women's Professional billiard association in America. In October 1998 I went to the US to play a couple of qualification tournaments for the WPBA tour. I ended up winning a spot in both of them, and in a short time became a WPBA touring pro. For the next five years my life was pretty much all about pool. Playing tournaments all over the world. In the fall of 2004 I decided to take a little break from playing. The game had been such a big part of my life for so long. It was time to refocus. The passion was gone. I needed a time out. But it didn't last for long. After 6 months my fingers started itching and I began practicing again. I guess the phrase; once a pool player, always a pool player, is correct.
Here is a summary of major achievments:
- 34 times Norwegian Champion
- 4 times winner of the Norwegian King's Trophy
- 6 times European Champion, 31 medals all together
- 2 times Ladies Euro Tour winner
- Bronze medal in The World Games
- 5th place in the 2010 World 10-ball Championship
- Nordic Champion
- 4 Bronze medals in the Norwegian Open Championships
- Currently ranked # 4 on the WPBA (Women's Professional Billiard Association)
Ewa Mataya Laurance is one of the most visible superstars in the history of pocket billiards. Known as The Striking Viking, she took the billiard world by storm since she moved to the US from her native Sweden.
Following her childhood dream of becoming the best in the world, she continues to be a dominant presence on the international billiard scene. Ewa is the current International and World Cup Trick Shot Champion, the holder of multiple World and US Open 9-ball titles, and most recently won the 2012 WPBA Masters Tour Championship. Shehas also won the Swedish, European and US National Championships in her incredible career. A former # 1 ranked player in the world, Ewa has received Player of the Year honors multiple times and has been been named WPBA Sportsperson of the Year. She is a member of both the WPBA and Billiard Congress of America Hall Of Fame.
This dynamic champion made an historic appearance on the cover of the New York Times Magazine and has been featured in numerous national publications, including People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Glamour, Golf for Women and Cigar Aficionado. Ewa is also a frequent guest on television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, The Early Show, Current Affair, LIVE with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight and The Best Damned Sports Show, Period.
When not competing, Ewa serves as the ESPN Color Commentator. She also co-hosted GSN's popular game show "Ball Breakers."
Ewa is on the Board of Trustees of the Billiard Education Foundation, and is a frequent participant at various celebrity golf tournaments around the country. On tour, Ewa is sponsored by Brunswick Billiards.
To learn more about Ewa Laurance, please visit her website at: www.strikingviking.com
Jeanette Lee — "The Black Widow"
Birth Date: 07/09/71
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Husband: George Breedlove
Children: Morgan, Olivia, Cheyenne, John, Chloe, and Savannah
Most Recent Career Achievements:
2013 BCA Hall of Fame
2013 WPBA Hall of Fame
Jeanette Lee, known throughout the world as "The Black Widow," has enjoyed one of the most illustrious careers in billiards history. Repeatedly recognized by Billiards Digest as one of the sport's most powerful people, Jeanette has claimed more than 30 national and international titles. Formerly ranked as the #1 player in the world, she has received the greatest honors in her sport with her inductions into the WPBA Hall of Fame (2012) and BCA Hall of Fame (2013). Jeanette currently ranks #3 in the world, making her the top American player.
Jeanette was named the WPBA Sportsperson of the Year in 1998 and has also earned Player of the Year honors from both Billiards Digest and Pool & Billiards Magazine. In 2001, Jeanette was the gold medalist for the United States at the World Games in Akita, Japan – the first time the sport of billiards was ever included – and she participated again in the 2013 World Games held in Cali, Colombia. Jeanette has also captured silver twice at the World Championships during her 14-year professional career. In 2004, Jeanette won the World Trick Shot Championships and BCA Open. In 2005, Jeanette won the China Invitational and, more recently, in 2007 won the World Team Cup, Empress Cup and International Skins Billiard Championship with her doubles partner and husband, George Breedlove "The Flame Thrower." She went on to successfully defend her Empress Cup title in 2008 and 2009.
Born on July 9, 1971, Jeanette was raised in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 13, Jeanette was diagnosed with scoliosis, a disorder in which there is a curve, often S-shaped or C-shaped, of the spine or backbone. To alleviate the progression of the debilitating condition, Jeanette underwent scoliosis surgery. The surgical procedure involved techniques to fuse or join the vertebrae along the curve of her spine. Metal "Harrington" rods and other instrumentation were attached to her spine in order to hold her vertebrae together during the months after her surgery while the bones in her spine eventually fused together. Scoliosis surgery is one of the longest and most complicated orthopedic surgical procedures performed on children due to the long operation time and hospitalization for recovery. Her surgery at the time was thought to be a success, but Jeanette's affliction with scoliosis was not yet at an end...*
*To read the rest of her biography and to learn more about Jeanette Lee, please visit her website at: blackwidowbilliards.com, or check her out on facebook (facebook.com/jeanetteleetheblackwidow) and twitter (@JeanetteLeeTBW). For business inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
Birthday: October 31
Resides: Beaumont, Alberta/Canada
Turned Pro: 2007
What's in the bag? Mikkelsen Cue (playing cue) with BM Xtreme Shaft, X Breaker (jump/break cue), TipPik, tip shaping tool, baby powder, glove, couple cubes of Master chalk, and a Cliff Bar
Hobbies: Photography, biking, camping, roller blading and chasing after my very active children!
Professional Pool Player
Full name: Jana Montour
Born: Jun. 21, 1974
Residence: Hobbema, Alberta, CAN
On the Spot Question from: http://getluckywsuzannesmith.blogspot.com
How do you prepare yourself for big tournaments?
Jana Montour Answer: By working on my focus and shooting drills. I work on my focus by clearing my mind as I am shooting. In matches or practice, when I start to lose my focus, I will attempt to count backwards from 100. Only one time have I reached 1. In fact that match I had such little focus that I was able to count back from 100 twice. I do shooting drills by selecting different shots to set up and shooting them over and over: spin shots, finesse, trouble shots, long shots, etc.
Birthday: 10th of January, 1986
Born in: Klagenfurt/Austria
Pro since: 2004
Hobbies: Fitness, Tennis, Squash, Cycling, Movies, Cooking, Interior design
Jasmin Ouschan is one of the best-known billiard athletes in the world, and at only 27, her impressive career already spans over 21 years. The table with the colored balls attracted Jasmin as a toddler, and by age six, Michael Neumann took her under his wings as both coach and manager. They're still working together today. Jasmin is consistently in the top ranks of the World and European Championships, world ranking events, professional tour stops, and even men's professional tournaments.
Competing with the top male professionals has always been obligatory for Jasmin. She's proven time and again that it's performance that matters, not gender, when facing opponents on the table. In fact, Jasmin was the first woman to qualify for a men's World Championship, and when she won a Bronze medal, she made cue-sports history. With four Gold medals in 2010, Jasmin is also the first ever athlete to win all disciplines (9-ball, 14.1 "straight pool", 8-ball, and 10-ball) in the same European Championships. With that she also became the most successful player at European Championships ever. In the end of 2010 Jasmin Ouschan won her biggest title so far, the 10-Ball Women World Championship in Manila/Philippines.
In 2012 another dream came true when she opened the first Billiard Sport Academy in Klagenfurt/Austria together with her coach Michael Neumann. It was not only a big step for them but also a big one for the billiard sport.
Her achievements have created quite a following too. Over 300 million watch Jasmin Ouschan TV matches every year, and now, she's one of the most visible athletes in the world. In Asia, where she is hugely popular, she has millions of fans and many fan clubs. Jasmin is recognized as one of the top athletes in Austria, where due to many years of hard work by organizers and growing popularity with public, the sport is finally receiving the recognition it deserves. Jasmin has won nearly everything there is to win in the sport of billiards, but she still loves to be put to the test. Now, at 27 years of age, Jasmin Ouschan has already achieved many titles but she is still very hungry and approaches new challenges with a mighty spirit and unbridled enthusiasm.
"I have always had this pure passion for billiards. I feel very fortunate that I was able to use my talent professionally. In sports, you face new challenges every day, and it's tremendously exciting to see how far your talent and hard work will get you." Jasmin believes, on every level, that pocket billiards demands endurance, power, concentration, flexibility, and a healthy body and mind. "I love the challenges I encounter because it's so uplifting to find and test solutions. It's an amazing feeling to reach your goals."
Jasmin takes the public side of her success seriously. She enjoys the TV, radio, and magazine interviews, and taking part in photo shoots for all kinds of events. More than anything, though, she enjoys spending time with her fans. "As a professional athlete I know there is more to it than achievement. I believe we should be professional on and off the table. Courtesy and giving back are big ideas we need to act upon."
Kaernten Sport, Kelag, Sporthilfe, Team Rot Weiss Rot, Sport Union, Porsche Klagenfurt, Predator
- 29-times European Champion
- Women World Champion in 10-Ball 2010
- 3rd at the Men World Championships in Straight Pool 2008 (first woman ever)
- 5th at the Women World Championships 10-Ball 2012
- 3rd at the Women World Championships 10-Ball 2009
- 3rd at the Women World Championships 9-Ball 2008
8 WPBA titles
- WPBA Tour Championship Champion 2012
- WPBA Masters Champion 2011
- WPBA Atlanta Classics Champion 2010
- WPBA Great Lakes Classics Champion 2009
- WPBA Pacific Coast Classic Champion 2009
- WPBA Tour Championship Champion 2009
- WPBA Carolina Classics Champion 2008
- WPBA BCA Open Champion Las Vegas 2006
- 2nd at the Tournament of Champions 2010
- 3rd at the Tournament of Champions 2011/12
- IWGA World Games Champion 2005
- 2nd at the IWGA World Games 2009
- 5th at the Men Euro Tour North Cyprus 2012 (first woman ever)
- 2nd at the WPA Amway Cup Taiwan 2012 and 2013
- 3rd at the WPA China Open Shanghai 2011
- Most successful player at European Championships (overall 43 medals)
- European Championship record – Gold in all 4 disciplines in 2010
- First woman ever to reach the 3rd place at a Men World Championship
- First woman ever to reach the 5th place at a Men Euro Tour
Nickname: Pun Hiu-Ting, Queen of Nine-Ball
Chinese name: 潘曉婷
Birthday: February 25, 1982
Birthplace: Shang Dong, China
Height (m/in): 1.60/5'2"
Body: Weight (kg/lbs): 45/99
Occupation: Professional pool player
WPBA Rookie of the year: 2006
Xiaoting Pan is the first-ever professional pool player from China to play full-time on the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) tour. Pan's beauty and growing achievements in billiards have made her one of the most famous female athletes in her country.
Pan was named WPBA Rookie of the Year in 2006 and finished the season ranked #13. Pan won her first WPBA tournament at the 2007 Great Lakes Classic. Later she won the 2007 WPA World Nine-ball Championship held in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Pan is a friendly rival of fellow Asian WPBA player Ga-Young Kim; the two met in the finals of the 2007 Carolina Women's Billiard Classic, with Kim prevailing 7 to 6 in the WPBA's first all-Asian championship match.Kim and Pan finished the 2007 WPBA season ranked #2 and #3, respectively, behind perennially top-ranked Allison Fisher. Pan is also a good friend of Chinese snooker player Ding Junhui.
Date of birth: 20-04-1982
Born in: Heerlen
Parents: Math and Fenny
Sisters/Brothers: Melissa and Jeffrey
Partner: René Peeters
Hobby's: Poolen en zingen
Education: Management assistent, medical secretary and propedeuse speechtherapist
When I was 9 years old I started playing billiards. My father is billiard trainer and he teached me everything about billiards.
When I was 13 years old a began playing black-ball on a six-foot table. This is very well known in my place. After a while I was invited for the dutch team for black-ball and I was allowed to go to the European Championships. The EC was played on 7-foot tables instead of 6-foot. So we decided to train on a 9-foot table. When I first touched this table I knew I wanted to play on that table always.
The first tournament I played was Center Pocket open in 2001, since that tournament I never stopped playing the 9-foot table. I still play 6-foot competition.
In 2004 I was selected for the Dutch team and I was allowed to play the EC 9-foot in Prague. I got into the 9th place. It was a great experience and much better then the EC blackball.
In 2006 I got my first bronze medal at 8-ball EC.
In 2009 I turned into pro in the USA, so in 2010 I'm allowed to play all pro-tournaments in the USA.
To learn more about Tamara, please visit her website at www.tamararademakers.com
Born: July 17 in Chicago, IL
Laura Smith now lives in Lafayette, CO. She plays with both a Kikel and a Jackson cue.
Smith played in her first pro event in 1980 and went pro five years later. In addition to being a professional player, Smith is also the executive director of the Billiard Education Foundation.
All the way from Borlange, Sweden, Helena Thornfeldt has made quite an impact on the women’s pro tour. Known as “The Sledgehammer” because of her massive break, Thornfeldt was born April 24 and now lives in Atlanta, GA.
Nickname: Texas Tornado
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Turned Pro: 1991
Tournaments won: 19 pro events
The Texas Tornado began playing pool when she was eight years old, and she dominated local tournaments right away, compiling over 200 trophies before she was a teenager. But Vivian abruptly stopped playing to play other high school sports, where she excelled at basketball and volleyball.
Luckily, she returned to pool while in college. I took my basic classes and thought about accounting, but I got back into pool and wound up being a professional billiards player.
In the past 20 years, she has amassed 19 titles, including the 1992 National Championship and the 1996 ESPN World Championship. But the win she remembers most is the 1992 Kasson Classic, which propelled her to number one, where she remained for five years. Since then, Vivian hasn't fallen out of the top ten.
Born January 30 in San Antonio, TX, Vivian Villarreal has been voted one of the most entertaining and exciting players to watch male or female. Her nickname, "The Texas Tornado," not only refers to her whirlwind ability to run through racks but also to her mercurial emotions on the table.The "Texas Tornado" nickname is fitting for this animated billiards champion, who hails from San Antonio and is one of the world's leading hispanic sports personalities. Villarreal's exciting, interactive pool playing style has pushed the popularity of the sport to it's highest level. Her fans have a special way to cheer the "Texas Tornado". They spin their fingers, tornado-style, and mimic the sound of the rushing air.
She has been on many magazine covers such as "American Way", "Pool & Billiard Magazine", "People En Espanol" and "Billiards Digest". She has also made many television appearances, including "Good Morning America".
Villarreal is sponsored by Black Heart Tips. Her fondest pool-playing memory is defeating Minnesota Fats at the age of 8.
Known as "The Assassin"
Webb's birthday is January 7
She is sponsored by Mr. T/DNS Construction and plays with a Judd custom cue. Her charity affiliation is World Vision.
Born and living in Atlanta, GA, Monica Webb played in her first professional event in 1995 before going pro in 1999. She quickly rose to the upper echelon of the tour despite the lack of a first- or second-place finish. However, she is a former Amateur National champion and also boasts numerous top-five finishes.
Year Turned Pro: 2001
Birth Date: April 17
Birth Place: Houston, TX
Nickname: Lone Star
In 1988, Kim remembered playing on her first pool table. She was only 16, a sophomore in high school, dating a senior boy whose parents had a pool table in their home. Some weekends, family and friends would gather at the home for a barbecue, game of horseshoes, and a friendly game of pool. Kim was captivated by their home table with its fringe pockets and brightly colored balls but was repeatedly told she couldn't play (by the boys). Her boyfriend and his brothers monopolized the table, but during short intervals when the table was available, she would secretly hit balls, unbeknownst to anyone. That's when her love affair with pool began.
In 1994, post high school boyfriend, graduation, and some community college, Kim worked as a legal receptionist for a downtown Houston law firm. Finally, the dust had settled and she decided to start taking her pool game a bit more seriously. She started competing part-time on the local, amateur billiard circuits. She placed 4th in two McDermott National 9-Ball Tour Stops and finished 3rd in her first Women's Hunter Classic Amateur Tour event in 1995. She competed in five more events that year, all yielding top ten finishes.
In May 1998, still playing pool and in her third semester at community college, an opportunity presented itself. She had been participating on a women's BCA 8-ball team once a week at her local pool room, Bogies Billiards in Houston. The team won a trip to compete at the BCA Championships in Las, Vegas. Kim took "incompletes" in all of her classes in order to compete in the 10 day event. Her team mates not only convinced her to go, but to enter the "singles" division as well. There, she bested a field of 437 women and captured her first title, 22nd Annual BCA North American 8-Ball Women's Open Champion. She never reenrolled in college and decided right then it was time to fight for professional status.
Dominating local events throughout 1999, she went on to defeat a field of 60 women and win her first Hunter Tour Stop and WPBA qualifier in April 2000 at Legends Billiards in League City, Texas. June that same year, she repeated with a victory and WPBA qualifier spot at Billiards, Burgers, and Beer in Denver, Colorado. White closed out a phenomenal year by winning the 2000 Hunter Tour Championships held at Big Daddy's Billiards in Alvin, Texas, and her third spot into the pros. From Las Vegas, to North Myrtle Beach, to Denver, and back, her hard work and extensive travel paid off. Kim finished 17th-24th at her first professional 9-Ball event in Alpine, California in April 2001. As she accrued pro points, she earned invitations. At the end of 2001 with four top half finishes in her first seven pro events, she earned her "touring professional" status. Her first two top ten finishes came at the 2002 Women's Open 9-Ball Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the 2003 Delta Classic in Tunica, Mississippi, with 9th and 5th place finishes respectively. That same year she was crowned "Most Improved Player" by Billiards Digest and finished top ten in the WPBA year-to-date rankings, earning a well-deserved $2500 bonus check.
In 2004 Kim sustained a career threatening hand injury and missed several professional events that plunged her ranking from #12 to #47. After three surgeries and a lengthy healing process, Kim was back in the swing of things winning the 2005 Texas State Open Women's 9-Ball Championships along with a victory on the Fast Eddie's Olhausen 9-Ball Tour. In 2006 she came back strong finishing third at the WPBA Great Lakes Classic in Michigan City, Indiana where she played Allison Fisher in her first televised match on ESPN II. Although she played brilliantly, White lost 7-4, finishing in 3rd place. That same year, Billiards Digest published a (6) page feature article on White whose 2006 press and media value alone exceeded $250,000.
In 2006, White represented the U.S. at the All-Japan Open, her first time competing outside the U.S. Since then, she has represented the U.S. twice at the Amway Cup Women's World 9-Ball Championships in Taipei, Taiwan and in 2007 took home 5th and top U.S. finisher. She also served as President of the WPBA 2005-2006 and Vice President 2006-2007. In 2009, she took 5th place at the Galveston World Classic Women's Professional 9-Ball Event in Galveston, Texas and captured her 8th Houston Open Women's 9-Ball title in League City, Texas. That same year she became a player representative for Poison by Predator Cues. The 2011 WPBA Masters Pro Event at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City, OR and 2012 WPBA Tour Championships at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, MI both yielded 9th place finishes for White.
She forges ahead in her professional career with extraordinary play, yielding top professional finishes and numerous television appearances. As a consistently, top-ranked WPBA player, White continues to travel and compete professionally in the U.S and abroad.
Did You Know?
Since 2004, White has been the house pro at Houston's most established and Texas' largest 24 hour pool room, Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar.
In 2009, friend, confident, and author of books "Belize", "Panama", and "Stroke", Carlos "Carl" Ledson Miller, gave her the nickname, "Lone Star" of Texas, indicative of her "country girl" magnetism and shining example she set for aspiring female players.
One of Kim's horses, "Trace", is a great grandson of the legendary "Secretariat". His registered name is "Manitres Waaitake".
Kim started playing pool because her high-school boyfriend told her she wasn't allowed to play on his pool table.
Kim is a real life Texas cowgirl, born and raised in Houston, Texas, currently residing on a 5 acre ranch in Montgomery, Texas with husband, Texas Criminal Defense Attorney, John Newsome. She married John in January 2010 and started hyphenating her name, White-Newsome. They have seven furry children including three cats named Samson, Delilah, and Daisy; two dogs, Nina and Rusty; and two horses, Lucy and Trace.
Kim is a Committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest rodeo in the world, and volunteers three weeks each February to raise money for youth scholarships. White considers volunteering for at-risk youth centers and alternative schools a top priority. She has volunteered for the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Santana Dotson Foundation, and the Joe Frank Campbell Learning Center, just to name a few.
Of course her main interests are her animals, horseback riding, and watching movies. She has an extensive collection of DVD movies and every satellite movie channel known to man. Her favorite show of all-time is the HBO series "Sopranos". She loves to frequent the local horse track, Sam Houston Race Park, and eat out (because she can't cook).
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