Liu Sha Sha has defeated fellow Chinese national team player Chen Siming 9-8 in the final of the 2014 Women’s World 9-Ball Pool Championship in China.
This was Liu’s second WPA title having won it in 2009 at the age of just 16 as a relative unknown up against the big favourite Karen Corr. Liu now 21 is the fifth player to have won the title more than once joining Robin Bell, Hsin-Mei Liu, Ga Young Kim and four time winner Allison Fisher as multiple winners of the event.
The match between the two national team players remained tight through the early exchanges with the players sharing the opening ten racks.
Chen gained was to gain the upper-hand and moved two racks clear at 7-5 in the race to 9, which then became 8-6 to put Chen one rack away from the title.
Liu found herself in trouble in the fifteenth frame when snookered on the two ball but managed to escape and kick the two in and then progress to win that rack to make the score line 8-7.
Chen missed a difficult cut shot in the next rack that allowed Liu in to clear up and set up the decider.
Liu broke off in the final rack and made three balls on the break and a clear shot on the 1-ball but problems on the table with the 4 and 6 tied up together. Liu progressed through to the 4-6 combination but on making it she found herself out of position with a tough cut shot on the four ball but she made it and was then clear for the run out.
“I was really nervous before the match but after a few racks, I knew I was playing better than I played all week. When I was down 8-6, I told myself just try your best to do the job. At that point I was nervous but I knew I had to stay focused and try to win the match. I was so nervous on that shot (the 4-ball in the last rack.) But there was no other way to play the shot.
I really feel that Siming is a more skilful player than me but when we play each other, I always seem to play good and I think that sometimes I’m just lucky and maybe she’s not lucky.”Liu Sha Sha
For Chen this was a second defeat in the WPA final; she finished second in 2011 to Bi Zhu Qing of China.
“I’m very disappointed; I thought I played very well and Sha Sha also played well. In 2011 I played in the final and I didn’t play well but here I played good and it was a good match. My emotions are mixed right now. On the one hand I’m very disappointed but the only thing I can do is use this as a learning experience to try and improve.”Chen Siming
Mark Selby, last years winner is 9/2 to do it again this year!
John Higgins, runner-up last year, 14/1 to win this time!
Barry Hawkins, beaten semi-finalist last year, 33/1 to win!
Ding Junhui, beaten semi-finalist last year, 12/1 to win!
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