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WPBA Nationals 2006: No Surprises in the Final Four
Nov 12, 2006, 1:30 PM

In the sleepy coastal town of Lincoln City, Ore., a power struggle between four of the world's best women pool players will take place today, Nov. 12, on the brightly-lit Brunswick table in the top level of the Chinook Winds Casino. The national title is at stake, and not one of these fearless females expects to walk away without the trophy in hand.

The event, which began Nov. 9 and will culminate the 2006 season, has seen the cream rise to the top. "The Nationals is one of the most prestigious events of the year," said Allison Fisher. "It culminates the end of hte season and we have a long break after this, so you really want to do well because it's the last hurrah."

Fisher won the previous event, the WPBA U.S. Open, bringing her tally up to two this season. She won, despite looking a bit shaky after surgery to remove a cancerous growth. This time around she has been in pristine form, allowing no more than two games to any opponent in her last four matches.

In semifinal play, Fisher will face the other Fisher: Kelly. Kelly has attacked every match, advancing easily through the bracket as well, despite a hill-hill scare against Dawn Hopkins early in the tournament.

"Kelly is very aggressive, you know. She goes for everything, so we'll see what happens," said Allison. "It'll be an old Fisher shoot-out, at the O.K. corral. The young versus the old!"

In the other semifinal match, "Irish Invader" Karen Corr will face defending champion Ga-Young Kim. Corr recently won the 2006 Tournament of Champions, and has three Classic Tour titles to her credit this season. She celebrated her birthday on Nov. 10, and her most coveted gift would be another win, which would seal her bid for Player of the Year. "It'd be a lovely gift now, wouldn't it?" she said.

Kim, a two-time world champion, has been suspiciously absent from the final four this season. She tied-for-fifth place at the Great Lakes Classic in March and again at the Cuetec Florida Classic in late June, but this will be her first TV match of the season.

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