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10-27-2004, 07:06 AM
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South Korean billiards player Kim Gayoung claimed the title at the U.S. Open on Monday. / Yonhap

By Kim Hyun-cheol
Staff Reporter
South Korean billiards player Kim Ga-young topped the podium in the nine-ball event of the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) U.S. Open, beating out defending champion Karen Corr of Ireland 9-7 in Monday’s final in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The 21-year-old defeated the world No. 2 9-3 in the qualification and handed the Irish another setback in the final, exacting some revenge for last year’s championship match when she lost to Corr.

Jeanette Lee, another famous Korean-American player, was also ousted by Kim 9-5 in the round-of-16 but managed to tie for fifth with world No. 1 Allison Fisher of England through the repechages.

Kim first picked up the cue in 1992 at the age of nine and eventually became the top player in South Korea. She left for Taiwan in 2002 to stretch her career abroad and since then has been competing in international tournaments. Kim is currently ranked ninth in the WPBA rankings.



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10-27-2004 16:45
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