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Allison Fisher Wins WPBA U.S. Open
Oct 23, 2006, 10:24 PM

Allison Fisher wasn't sure how a recent diagnosis of skin cancer would impact her game, let alone a surgery to remove a growth under her eye the Monday before the WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, Oct. 18-22. Her performance and eventual victory, defending her title at the Albuquerque event, are proof that Fisher's mental game is as strong as they come.

She wasn't even sure that she should play in the event, but in the end Allison Fisher still defended her title at the WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship.

Fisher revealed that after the recent diagnosis of cancer, she thought seriously about not competing in this event, but decided to see how it went. "I thought about not playing. I even called my Mom and she encouraged me not to play. But I thought I would give it a shot to see how I did," Fisher said. "But then I played well in my first couple matches, so I decided to stay."

Fisher won her first four matches without letting an opponent win more than four games against her. That string of strong wins ended though, when the TV matches started on Saturday. Both Fisher and her opponent Helena Thornfelt struggled badly in a hill-hill match before Fisher pulled out the win.

Fisher's first match on Sunday saw her take on Vivian Villarreal. Villarreal had trampled Pamela Treadway, 7-2, on Saturday, but Fisher took complete control to earn a 6-0 lead. Then it was Villarreal's turn to make a comeback as she won five straight games before Fisher was finally able to put the match away.

In the final, Fisher took on Kim Shaw. This was Shaw's best finish to date, as she came out on top of a perilous path to the final, beating Jennifer Chen, 9-7, Jeanette Lee, 9-4, Sarah Ellerby, 9-7, Karen Corr, 7-6, and Monica Webb, 7-4, in the televised semifinal. The final match saw Fisher struggling, as Shaw took an early 4-1 lead. That lead was short lived as Fisher came back to tie the score at 4-4 and then move on to win the match, 7-5.

Fisher earned $14,000 for first, while Shaw settled for $8600. Villarreal and Monica Webb finished tied for third place.

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