KELLY Fisher blasted away the opposition to win the China Open Pool Championship in Shanghai on Sunday and create another piece of history.
The South Elmsll cue queen defeated Zhou Doudou, of China, 9-2 in just 45 minutes, leaving the enthralled audience in not doubt that she is the premier performer in the women’s game.
Her success means that Kelly, 34, is the first woman to do the hat-trick of winning the World Nine Ball Championship this year, the World Ten Ball title last year and the China Open.
Only daughter of Mr Donald Fisher, of Cambridge Street, South Elmsall, and the late Mrs Stella Fisher, Kelly switched to pool in 2004 when she went to the United States.
She had previously been the Women’s World Snooker Champion five times, along with holding the European and National titles.
Quick to gain admittance to the pool world rankings, Kelly gained the nickname ‘Sureshot’ because of her continued accuracy with shots, and has become a great favourite in China, having won the Nine Ball title in Shenyang in May.
She was mobbed by fans in Shanghai, seeking autographs and photographs.
“I went into this tournament confident after winning the nine ball championship in Shenyang, and I am delighted to have taken this title,” said Kelly.
“This is my peak period in pool. I have played eight years in the States and was always asking myself if this was going to happen. I knew I could do it, but doing it is another thing. I am absolutely thrilled.”
News of her triumph was immediately passed on by phone to her father Donald, who said: “Kelly has completed a magnificent hat-trick which is down to her dedication and skill. She is a credit to the sport and to her home town.”
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