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Ga-Young Kim Takes Second World Championship in Taipei
Mar 6, 2006, 10:16 AM

The world has a new women's 9-ball champion in Ga-Young Kim of Korea. It's a title she's had before, in 2004, and one that she stole away from former 2002 champion Shin-Mei Liu, in the final match of the 2006 Women's World 9-Ball Championship that took place in Taipei, Taiwan. The four-day tournament culminated March 5.

Kim was the favorite against American Jeannie Seaver in the quarter final. Seaver's break was plagued by scratches and Kim was victorious, 7-5.

Her next match was a defensive battle against Japan's Akimi Kajitani. With Kim on the hill, 8-6, Kajitani's scrupulous safety placement escaped her and she left the opening Kim needed to run the remaining balls for a spot in the final, where she would meet Lui.

In the all-Asian final, points didn't come easily and the defensive play that ruled the day continued. Kim eventually made it to the hill, 10-8, on an awe-inspiring pocket-speed shot. Within one game of the championship, Kim left Liu an opening, which she took and ran with, until she faced a poor lie on the 9. Liu went with a thin cut-shot, and the 9 ball rattled between the jaws, coming to rest just shy of the pocket. Kim easily knocked it in for the world title.

This year, the tournament yielded 64 participants from all over the world, competing for the high distinction. A few headliners were not in attendance, including Allison Fisher and Jeanette Lee.

Robert Huang, organizer of the Amway Cup was quoted in the Tapei Times as saying, "Jeanette Lee's appearance fee rose to US$10,000 per day this year. We weren't prepared to pay that type of money for her to play."

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