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Classic Tour Heads Back to Carolina
Sep 12, 2008, 1:39 PM

Fisher and Monica Webb will meet with the winner advancing to the final 16.
After a tumultuous WPBA U.S. Open in August that saw two unseeded players advance to the semis while Allison Fisher went two-and-out, the top-ranked players have reestablished themselves in the opening rounds at this weekend's Carolina Classic held through Sept. 14 at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, N.C.

Kelly Fisher, in her first event as the No. 1 seed on the Classic Tour, had no trouble in her first two matches, beating Janet Atwell, 9-3, and Gail Grecar, 9-2. Other favorites including Karen Corr, Ga Young Kim and Xiaoting Pan also remain unbeaten as play began on Friday.

Allison Fisher narrowly escaped a first-round upset bid from Brittany Bryant by taking the case game, 9-8. Fisher then sent Yu Ram Cha, surprise semifinalist from the U.S. Open, to the left side with a 9-4 second-round victory.

Iris Ranola, the other Cinderella story from last month, will have a long road ahead of her on the left side. The U.S. Open runner-up beat Stacy Hurst, 9-5, then lost to Tiffany Nelson, 9-6.

Brackets at www.wpba.com will be updated throughout the weekend.