Fisher captures World Pool Singles Championship

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SOUTH Elmsall’s Queen of the cues Kelly Fisher turned up the heat in the Phillippines on Sunday when she captured the Women’s World Pool Singles Championship.

It was the crowning moment of a busy month for Kelly, 33, who had spent the previous three weeks in China with other players from the North American Professional Billiards and Pool Association giving exhibition matches to enhance the reputation of the sport in Asia.

Her achievement means she’s now won world singles titles in both pool and snooker.

After learning the basic skills of snooker as a teenager when her parents, Mr Don Fisher and the late Mrs Stella Fisher, had a club in South Elmsall, she embarked on an impressive career which saw her capture National, European and World titles.

Kelly was the undefeated World Champion when the competition was withdrawn from the Crucible Snooker Championships at Sheffield.

She decided to test her mettle across the Atlantic in North America at pool.

She made the trip around seven years ago, and quickly qualified to take part in the extensive programme of tournaments, earning the nickname of ‘Quickfire’ because of her speed and accuracy around the table.

Kelly has been ranked number one in the USA after a string of Classic successes over the last couple of years.

And she’ll be showing her Yorkshire grit and determination to stay on top when the new pool campaign begins.

“I was over the moon when I received a telephone call telling me of her success,” said her father Don.

“There is some very tough competition and, for Kelly to achieve world titles in both pool and snooker, makes me very proud of her.”

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