Kelly aims to be top of the pots

South Elmsall snooker star Kelly Fisher.
South Elmsall snooker star Kelly Fisher.

South Elmsall’s Kelly Fisher is aiming to defeat the world’s best pool players in the Champion of Champions tournament in the USA.

The 35 year-old is competing in Connecticut hoping to come out on top as four of the best players in the world go head-to-head.

World number one Fisher, fellow Briton Alison Fisher, Jasmin Ouschan and Ewa Lawrence have all won major titles this year and thus qualify for the knockout competition.

Kelly will draw on the experience of winning the 2010 tournament and she is hungry to replicate that success. She said: “I want to win it.

“It is a short nine-ball competition but it’s a great event. I won it the last time I played in it so hopefully I can win again.”

Kelly goes into the competition having lost to Rubilen Amit in the final of the World 10-ball Championships, in the Philippines.

However, the South Elmsall ace overcame not only most of the opposition but also severe sickness and food poisoning to reach the final and she is buoyed by her display.

She said: “I was amazed I got to the final because I was sick in bed, trying to conserve energy for most of the time. I only got up to play each game.

“I think that my experience paid off and I showed a lot of grit and determination.”

Despite being number one in the world for two years and scooping the Player of the Year award, Kelly is not resting on her laurels. She said: “There are always things to work on and I know the areas where I need to improve.

“I have been working out in the gym, which has improved my stamina, and Lionel Payne has been a great coach and mentor for me for more than 20 years.”

She added: “Some of the younger players coming through are very good but many have an aggressive game and that suits me.”