Kelly Fisher

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Kelly Fisher
Born (1978-08-26) 26 August 1978 (age 35)
West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Sport country  England
Nickname Kwikfire
Highest break 125
Kelly Fisher
Medal record
Competitor for  United Kingdom
Women's Nine-ball
World Games
Bronze 2013 Cali Singles

Kelly Fisher (born 26 August 1978) is an English professional pool and snooker player.

Career[edit]

Fisher grew up in South Elmsall, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire. She learned to play pool in her parent's pub and took up snooker when she was 13. By the age of 21, she had been ranked number 1 for two consecutive seasons.[1]

Fisher won three successive World Ladies' Snooker Championship between 1998 and 2000,[2] and won the title again in 2002 and 2003.[3]

In 2001, she won four successive tournaments in the ladies' divisions - the British Open, Belgian Open, LG Cup titles and the UK Championship,[4] and extended her winning streak to ten successive tournaments when she won the LG Cup in October 2002.[5]

She has reached the final of every European Ladies' Championship, losing just once to former West Yorkshire (Batley) Champion Shakeel Kamal. In 2003 Fisher won the first IBSF World Ladies' Championship.

When the sport's governing body withdrew its support for the women's game in 2003, abandoning all major women tournaments, Fisher saw her choices as getting a full-time job or switching to nine-ball pool.[6] She chose to switch to pool and moved to the United States to play on the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) nine-ball tour,[7] joining fellow former women's snooker players Allison Fisher and Karen Corr.

In August 2008 after being in the top 10 women for the past two years and winning the San Diego Classic for three years running (2005–2007) Kelly achieved the No1 Ranking in World Women's Pool and won the US Open Championship.

Tournament wins[edit]

Snooker[edit]

Professional[edit]

  • Connie Gough Memorial – 1994, 1999
  • James Brooks Classic – 1994, 1997
  • Academy Fork Lift – 1995
  • Halstead Ladies Classic – 1995
  • M-Tech Ladies Classic – 1995
  • Bailey Homes – 1996
  • Ladies Regal Scottish – 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002
  • Ladies Regal Welsh – 1996, 2002, 2003
  • Applecentre Classic – 1996
  • Grand Prix (Ladies) – 1998
  • Embassy World Ladies Snooker Championship – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
  • Ladies British Open – 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Ladies UK Championship – 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • National Championship – 1999
  • Connie Gough National – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Consultex Belgium Open – 2000
  • Ladies Regal Masters – 2000
  • European Ranking Event – 2001, 2002
  • LG Cup (Ladies) – 2001, 2002
  • Scottish Ladies Championship – 2002

Amateur[edit]

  • EBSA European Ladies Championship – 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • IBSF World Ladies Championship – 2003
  • Home Internationals – 2002, 2003 (with team England)

English billiards[edit]

  • Embassy World Ladies Billiards Championship – 2001, 2003

Pool[edit]

  • WPBA West Coast Classic – 2005, 2006, 2007
  • US Open Nine-ball Championship – 2008
  • WPBA Pacific Coast Classic – 2008
  • 2009 International Tournament of Champions
  • 2011 Yalin World 10-ball Championships
  • 2012 Women's World 9-ball Championships
  • 2013 International Tournament of Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moss, Allis (12 April 2000). "Fisher prepares for take-off". BBC News. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Hodgson, Guy (24 April 2000). "White believes he can reward the public will". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2010. "Kelly Fisher, the world No 1, took her third successive women's World Championship at the Crucible yesterday, beating Lisa Ingall, a part-time model in her first final, 4-1." 
  3. ^ Orlovac, Mark (27 April 2003). "Fisher takes title again". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2010. "Kelly Fisher claimed her fifth world title in six years with a simple 4-1 victory over Lisa Quick." 
  4. ^ Wilde, Jon (13 December 2001). "Higgins is shocked by Lee". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2010. "Kelly Fisher won her fourth successive ranking tournament yesterday. Already holder of the British Open, Belgian Open and LG Cup titles, Fisher beat Lynette Horsburgh 4–1 to collect the UK Championship title in York." 
  5. ^ Yates, Phil (8 October 2002). "Higgins upset by focus on his namesake". The Times. Retrieved 24 April 2010. "Kelly Fisher, the women’s world champion, extended her winning sequence to ten tournaments and 48 matches by beating Lynette Horsburgh 4-2 in the Ladies LG Cup final." 
  6. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (10 July 2003). "Women's game under threat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2010. "I don't understand why they think it's okay to ditch the women," added Fisher. "Why not all stick together and go through the bad together. It seems that as long as the men's competition is okay that's what matters to the governing body. My choice now is to get a full-time job or go to America and play nine-ball pool like former world champion Allison Fisher chose to do." 
  7. ^ "Kelly Fisher". Inside POOL. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2010. "Explaining why she chose to come to the United States, Fisher said, “I was playing snooker in the U.K., which prevented me from coming over earlier. I was dominating the ladies’ circuit, then it collapsed over there. We were under the governing body of the men’s division, and they pulled the plug o­n the funding.” With the thought of moving to the U.S. in the back of her mind for a while, Fisher saw it was time to seriously consider it, stating “I thought I would have to get a regular job or make the move to America.”" 

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