Predator WPA World 10-Ball Women’s Championship 2023: Record-Breaking Prize, Exciting Venue, and Stacked Competition

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The champion of this year’s Predator WPA World 10-Ball Women’s Championship will be awarded $45,000, marking a remarkable 50% surge compared to the 2022 prize, and establishing it as the most substantial individual reward in women’s pool.

Once again, the host city for this prestigious event will be Klagenfurt, Austria, the same venue where Chou Chieh-Yu clinched victory last year. Scheduled from October 18th to 22nd, the tournament will unfold at Sportpark Klagenfurt, also known as the home of the Jasmin Ouschan Billiard Academy.

Jasmin Ouschan, the 2010 World 10-Ball titleholder, will have the local crowd behind her as she strives to secure the trophy for the second time. Notably, last year’s event marked the first edition of the World 10-Ball Women’s Championship since 2013 when Rubilen Amit secured her second title in Manila.

The 2023 World Championship is set to host 48 invited players who will commence in a race-to-7 double elimination bracket, transitioning to single elimination from the last 16. In addition to boosting the winner’s purse to $45,000 from the previous €30,000 in 2022, the tournament prize fund will now be dispensed in US dollars, aligning it with major international events.

A captivating week of billiards in Austria will encompass the Predator WPA World 8-Ball Men’s Championship and the Predator WPA World 10-Ball Junior’s Championship, both held in Klagenfurt.

Cyrille Fournier, Chief Operating Officer of Predator Group, expressed their commitment to support and cultivate the sport, acknowledging its champions at all levels. The decision to award the World Women’s 10-Ball champion a $45,000 prize is a testament to their dedication to advancing the sport alongside the WPA and their event collaborators.

Fournier stated, “Hosting five World Championships in a single week is a significant undertaking, but it allows us to bring together the world’s top male, female, and junior players in an exhilarating week for the sport.” Klagenfurt’s successful hosting of the 2022 Predator WPA World 10-Ball Women’s Championship made it an easy choice to return with an even more extensive schedule this year.

Fournier also expressed gratitude to the city of Klagenfurt and the Carinthia region for their unwavering support of these events, highlighting the essential role played by the local government, residents, and partners like Richwert Promotions. The city takes pride in the accomplishments of Jasmin and Albin Ouschan, and winning a World title in her hometown would be a special and meaningful achievement for Jasmin. However, as demonstrated in 2022, women’s pool boasts exceptional talent, with numerous players who believe they can seize the title.

In addition to the World 10-Ball Women’s Championship, Klagenfurt will also host the Predator WPA World 8-Ball Men’s Championship from October 17th to 22nd and the Predator WPA World 10-Ball Junior Championships from October 19th to 22nd, featuring divisions for Girls, Boys Under-19s, and Boys Under-17s.

The winner’s prize for the 96-player World 8-Ball Men’s Championship has been enhanced for 2023, with the champion set to claim $75,000, up from the $60,000 prize awarded in 2022.

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