Allison Fisher

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Allison Fisher
Born (1968-02-24) 24 February 1968 (age 49)
England
Sport country  England
Nickname The Duchess of Doom
Professional 1991–1997
Highest ranking 191 (1995/1996)
Career winnings £14,932[1]
Highest break 133 (1992 Dubai Classic qualifying, 1994 Matchroom League)
Century breaks 11
Best ranking finish Last 96 (1992 Dubai Classic)

Allison Fisher (born 24 February 1968) is an English professional pool and former professional snooker player.

Biography[edit]

Fisher grew up in Peacehaven, Sussex.[2] She started playing snooker when she was 7. She won her first world title at the age of 17. To date, she has won over 80 national titles and 11 world titles in total. Throughout the 1980s, she made various attempts to qualify for the main Men's snooker tour, which contained around 128 players at the time, but these attempts were unsuccessful. However, by 1991, the tour had changed considerably meaning all players had to do to become a 'professional' on the main tour was pay an entry fee. This meant over 500 players played in qualifying rounds for the ranking tournaments. She was unable to progress into the higher reaches of the ranking lists and by 1997 she lost her professional status. Feeling that she did not receive the same respect as the male players, she moved to the United States to play on the pool circuit. On 18 March 2009, she endorsed the Delta-13 billiard rack and has her own signature series.

On 8 June 2009, Fisher was nominated to be inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.

Fisher did not take long to make her mark in the world of pool, winning only the second tournament that she played in. She has an unequaled record, winning 50 WPBA titles, which includes 4 world 9-Ball championships. Since her move, she has also been the highest-earning player on a number of occasions, which takes into account male and female players. Matchroom sports invited her to play in the Matchroom snooker league, and she was also invited to play in the Mosconi Cup 1994, when Europe lost 16:12 against Team USA.

Fisher was nicknamed "the Duchess of Doom" and gained a reputation similar to that of the sixteen-time darts world champion Phil Taylor and snooker players Joe Davis, Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry in the 1930s and 80s–90s, respectively. Her greatest season was the 2000/2001 season when she won 8 consecutive major pro pool tournaments. In the 2005 season, Fisher was the highest earner, winning £111,000.

In 2007, she was declared the female Player of the Year by all three of the major pool publications, Billiards Digest,[3] Pool & Billiard Magazine,[4] and InsidePOOL Magazine[5] (in each case with Shane Van Boening as her male co-recipient of the honor), and also ranked #1 in the P&B "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players" poll for that year.[6] She has been the BD female Player of the Year for 11 of the 12 years spanning 1996–2007, including 6 in a row, 2002–2007.[3]

Titles and achievements[edit]

2013

  • 2013 Ultimate 10-Ball Championship, Women's Division (Runner Up)[7]
  • 2013 WPBA Masters (3rd)[8]

2012

  • 2012 WPBA US Open 9-Ball Championship[9]

2011

  • 2011 WPBA US Open 9-Ball Championship
  • 2011 Ultimate 10-Ball Championship Women's Division

2008

  • 2008 WPBA San Diego Classic
  • 2008 WPBA Great Lakes Classic

2007

  • 2007 US Open Nine-ball Championship (women's division)[10]
  • 2007 WPBA Classic Tour National Nine-ball Champion[3][10]
  • 2007 Florida Classic[10]
  • 2007 Billiards Digest Player of the Year (female)[3]
  • 2007 Pool & Billiard Magazine Player of the Year (female)[4]
  • 2007 Pool & Billiard Magazine Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players, #1[6]

2006

  • 2006 WPBA Classic Tour National Nine-ball Champion[3]
  • 2006 WPBA Great Lakes Classic
  • 2006 Billiards Digest Player of the Year (female)[3]

2005

  • 2005 Amway Cup
  • 2005 WPBA BCA 9-Ball Championship
  • 2005 WPBA Carolina Classic
  • 2005 WPBA Great Lakes Classic
  • 2005 WPBA Midwest Classic
  • 2005 WPBA U.S. Open
  • 2005 Billiards Digest Player of the Year (female)[3]

2004

  • 2004 ESPN Ladies Challenge of Champions
  • 2004 WPBA Delta Classic
  • 2004 WPBA Midwest Classic
  • 2004 WPBA San Diego Classic
  • 2004 Billiards Digest Player of the Year (female)[3]

2003

  • 2003 WPBA Delta Classic
  • 2003 WPBA Midwest Classic
  • 2003 WPBA National 9-Ball Championship
  • 2003 WPBA San Diego Classic
  • 2003 Billiards Digest Player of the Year (female)[3]

2002

  • 2002 Amway Cup
  • 2002 Tournament of Champions
  • 2002 WPBA Midwest Classic
  • 2002 WPBA Players Championship
  • 2002 Billiards Digest Player of the Year (female)[3]

2001

  • 2001 Amway Cup
  • 2001 Tournament of Champions

2000

  • 2000 BCA U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship
  • 2000 Long Fong Cup
  • 2000 Tournament of Champions
  • 2000 UCC World Ladies Pro 9-Ball Tournament
  • 2000 WPBA California Classic
  • 2000 WPBA National Championship
  • 2000 WPBA Villa Park 9-Ball Challenge
  • 2000 WPBA Virtual Pool 9-Ball Challenge

1999

  • 1999 Billiard Congress of America Pro Open
  • 1999 ESPN Ultimate 9-Ball Challenge
  • 1999 ESPN Ultimate Shootout
  • 1999 WPBA Arizona Classic
  • 1999 WPBA Detroit Classic
  • 1999 WPBA National Championship
  • 1999 WPBA Players Championship
  • 1999 WPBA U.S. Open

1998

  • 1998 ESPN Ultimate Shootout
  • 1998 Tournament of Champions
  • 1998 WPA World 9-Ball Championship
  • 1998 WPBA Bay Area Classic
  • 1998 WPBA Dallas Classic
  • 1998 WPBA National Championship
  • 1998 WPBA Philadelphia Players Championship
  • 1998 WPBA San Diego Classic
  • 1998 WPBA Twin Cities Classic

1997

  • 1997 ESPN Ultimate 9-Ball Challenge
  • 1997 WPA World 9-Ball Championship
  • 1997 WPBA Detroit Classic
  • 1997 WPBA Los Angeles Classic
  • 1997 WPBA New York Classic
  • 1997 WPBA Philadelphia Players Championship
  • 1997 WPBA Phoenix Classic
  • 1997 WPBA Twin Cities Classic

1996

  • 1996 WPA World 9-Ball Championship
  • 1996 WPBA Honolulu Classic
  • 1996 WPBA Los Angeles Classic
  • 1996 WPBA Nashville Classic
  • 1996 WPBA National 9-Ball Championship
  • 1996 WPBA New York Classic
  • 1996 WPBA Orlando Classic

1995

  • 1995 WPBA Orlando Classic

1991

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Allison-Fisher/Career-Total-Statistics
  2. ^ "Allison takes title". Kent and Sussex Courier. 30 March 1990. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Leider, Nicholas (February 2008). "Fisher Shows Closing Speed". Billiards Digest. 30 (3). Chicago,: Luby Publishing. pp. 54–55. ISSN 0164-761X. 
  4. ^ a b Shank, Dale (February 2008). "Allison Fisher: 2007 'Player of the Year'". Pool & Billiard Magazine. 26 (2). Summerville, South Carolina: Sports Publications. pp. 18–20. ISSN 1049-2852. 
  5. ^ Loria, Keith (February 2008). "InsidePOOL's 2007 Female Professional Player of the Year: Allison Fisher". InsidePool Magazine. VIII (2). Kittanning, Pennsylvania: Spheragon Publishing. pp. 28–29. ISSN 1547-3511. 
  6. ^ a b "The Survey Says...: Pool & Billiard Magazine's 22nd Annual Player and Fan Poll". Pool & Billiard Magazine. 26 (2). Summerville, South Carolina: Sports Publications. February 2008. p. 14. ISSN 1049-2852. 
  7. ^ http://www.pool-trax.net/Events/EventDetails.aspx?Sid=294
  8. ^ http://www.pool-trax.net/Events/EventDetails.aspx?Sid=175
  9. ^ http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=29&articleid=20120611_29_B1_CUTLIN963343
  10. ^ a b c "WPBA's Top 5". Billiards Digest. 30 (3). Chicago,: Luby Publishing. February 2008. p. 55. ISSN 0164-761X. 

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Preceded by
Gerda Hofstatter
WPA Women's World Nine-ball Champion
1996-1998
Succeeded by
Liu Hsin-Mei
Preceded by
Julie Kelly
WPA Women's World Nine-ball Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Liu Hsin-Mei