Kelly Fisher Clinches Consecutive Michigan Open Victories in Thrilling Final

Fisher secured her second consecutive victory at the Michigan Open by defeating Chieh-Yu Chou in two sets.

The final day in Battle Creek, Michigan was an exhilarating showcase of women’s pool, with the Final 4 displaying exceptional gameplay.

In the opening semifinal, Chinese Taipei stars Chieh-Yu Chou and Tzu-Chien Wei went head-to-head. The reigning world 9-Ball and 10-Ball champion, Chou, claimed the first set 4-2. Last year’s Michigan Open runner-up, Wei Wei, started strong in the second set but made a few unforced errors, allowing Chou to seize the set 4-3 and advance to the final.

Chihiro Kawahara, the tournament’s underdog, gave a remarkable performance, reaching the semifinals without dropping a match until facing defending champion Kelly Fisher. Despite leading 3-2 in the first set, Kawahara witnessed Fisher’s exceptional carom masterclass, including two remarkable early 10-balls that shifted the score. Fisher clinched the crucial first set 4-3. The second set featured safeties from Fisher and impressive escapes from Kawahara, including a remarkable 2-rail kick shot that could be considered the highlight of the tournament. Kawahara leveled the match by winning the second set 4-2 but couldn’t hold off Fisher in the third set (4-2).

The final began shakily for both players, with Chou securing the first set 4-1. However, Fisher found her rhythm in the second set and cruised to a 4-1 victory in both the second and third sets, securing her consecutive back-to-back victory. Fisher expressed her delight at winning the tournament again, mentioning her surprise and happiness at achieving this feat for the second year in a row.

The Michigan Women’s Open, presented by Samsung TV Plus, featured a competitive field of 48 players and a total prize fund of $60,000. Kelly Fisher, the champion, received the $18,000 first prize, while Chou earned $10,500 as the runner-up. This victory marked Fisher as the two-time defending champion and the holder of the record for the most Pro Billiard Series titles, with a total of 5. In addition to her two consecutive titles in Michigan, Fisher had previously won the Austria Open in 2021, Las Vegas Open, and Germany Open in 2022.

The Michigan Open was the third stop of the year for the Predator Pro Billiard Series. Looking ahead, the Series will host three WPA World Championship events in Austria in October: The Predator WPA World 8-Ball Men’s Championship, Predator WPA World 10-Ball Women’s Championship, and Predator WPA World 10-Ball Junior Championships. The year will conclude in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the Medalla Light Puerto Rico Men’s and Women’s Opens and the WPA World Teams Championship.

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