Gerda Hofstätter

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Gerda Hofstätter
Born (1971-02-09) 9 February 1971 (age 48)
Friesach, Austria
Sport country Austria
NicknameG-Force
Tournament wins
Major10x European Champion
World Champion1995 WPA World Nine-ball Championship
Ranking info

Gerda Hofstätter Gergerson (born 9 February 1971), nicknamed "G-Force", is an Austrian professional pool player. Hofstätter won the WPA World Nine-ball Championship in 1995. She is a winner at the European Pool Championship on 10 occasions, and won the Austrian national Championship seventeen times.

Hofstätter was the "player of the year" twice in Europe and the Austrian Sportswoman of the Year in 1995. Hofstätter played in the WPBA Tour until 2011, where she played her last match in the finals of the U.S. Open Nine-ball Championships. In 2018, Hofstätter was inducted into both the Women's Professional Billiard Association and Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fames in the Greatest Players Category.[1]

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Before pool, Hofstätter played several different sports, including tennis, skiing, and fencing.[2][3] Before the age of 18, Hofstätter won the Austrian fencing championship, as well as other international fencing competitions.[3] Hofstätter, however, decided to take up pool at 15, when she joined her first team in Althofen. In 1989, Hofstätter recorded Austria's first-ever win at the European Pool Championships, with victory in the 8-ball event.[3][4] Having won the event, Hofstätter was given a "key to the city" of Althofen.[3]

In 1990, Hofstätter moved to Sweden to study and compete, where she was the highest ranked player for two consecutive seasons, before moving to the United States to compete in the newly formed WPBA (Women's Pool Billiard Association) Classic Tour in 1993.[3][5] Hofstätter would actually win the first WPBA event she competed in, the Brunswick Billiards Atlantic Classic, the only player to do so.[3] She would also win her second and third European championships in 1993, reaching the final in all three events, winning the 8-ball and 9-ball events.[4]

World Champion[edit]

Hofstätter's first major title came in 1995, where she entered the Women's WPA World Nine-ball Championship, held in Taipei, Taiwan. She would reach the final, and defeat Vivian Villarreal to win her first world championship.[6][7] A few years later, Hofstätter would reach the semi-final of the WPBA Hawaii Classic in 1998.[8] The following year, Hofstätter finished third at the U.S. Open Nine-ball Championship.[9]

2000 saw Hofstätter reach the knockout rounds again at the world Nine-ball championship, reaching the last 16,[10][11] and seventh at the Women's event at the U.S. Open.[12] Hofstätter would win her first minor tournament this season since her world championship win, where she won the BCA Open Nine-ball Championship.[13] 2001 saw Hofstätter finish in the top five at two WPBA events, at the players championship,[14] and Midwest championship.[15] Both events were won by Karen Corr.

In 2002, Hofstätter reached the semi-finals of the world Nine-ball championship again, before losing to Karen Corr.[11] She would also finish as runner-up at two WPBA tournaments, at the Amway World Open, and the Midwest Classic, losing to Allison Fisher in both finals.[16] In 2003, she would only reach highest position of seventh place, doing so in four events, including the U.S. Open.[17] In 2004, Hofstätter participated on the new Japan Tour (known as JPNEW), where she would win event 5.[18] She would also reach the final of the national nine-ball championship, defeating Kelly Fisher, and Allison Fisher before losing the final to Karen Corr.[19][20] Hofstätter would go on to reach the final at the WPBA West Coast Classic in 2005,[21] losing to Kelly Fisher in the final.[22]

Championships[edit]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ "Gerda Hofstatter Gregerson". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  17. ^ "Gerda Hofstatter Gregerson". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  18. ^ "JPNEW Tour 2004 Stop 5". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  19. ^ "Corr wins Women's Championship". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  20. ^ "WPBA National 9-Ball Championship 2004". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  21. ^ "Hofstatter takes West Coast Classic Hot-seat". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  22. ^ "Kelly Fisher Wins 1st 9-Ball Title". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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