Kelly Fisher

Kelly Fisher (born 25 August 1978) is an English professional pool, snooker and English billiards player.

Kelly Fisher
Born (1978-08-25) 25 August 1978 (age 42)
South Elmsall, England, United Kingdom
Sport country England
NicknameKwikFire
Highest break125
Tournament wins
World ChampionSnooker
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2003
WPA Nine-ball
  • 2012
  • 2019
Medal record
Women's nine-ball
Representing  Great Britain
World Games
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Cali Singles

CareerEdit

Fisher grew up in South Elmsall, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire. She learned to play pool in her parents' pub and took up snooker when she was 13. By the age of 21, she had been ranked No. 1 for two consecutive seasons.[1]

Fisher won three successive Ladies World Snooker Championship between 1998 and 2000,[2] and won the title again in 2002 and 2003.[3][4]

In 2001, she won four successive tournaments in the ladies' divisions – the British Open, Belgian Open, LG Cup titles and the UK Championship,[5] and extended her winning streak to ten successive tournaments when she won the LG Cup in October 2002.[6]

She has reached the final of every European Ladies' Championship, losing just once to former West Yorkshire (Batley) champion Shakeel Kamal. In 2003 Fisher won the first IBSF World Ladies' Championship.

When the sport's governing body withdrew its support for the women's game in 2003, abandoning all major women tournaments, Fisher saw her choices as getting a full-time job or switching to nine-ball pool.[7] She chose to switch to pool and moved to the United States to play on the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) Tour,[8] joining fellow former women's snooker players Allison Fisher and Karen Corr.

After being in the top 10 women players for two years, and winning the San Diego Classic for three years running (2005–2007), Fisher achieved the No. 1 ranking in world women's pool in August 2008, winning the US Open Championship.[9] Since then, she has gone on to win the women's divisions in the 2009 International Tournament of Champions (IToC) and US Open; the 2010 IToC; the 2011 World Ten-ball Championship; 2012 WPA Nine-ball World Championship (and WPA Player of the Year); the 2013 IToC and WPA Nine-ball WC; and 2015 IToC, among other titles.[9]

Tournament winsEdit

All are first-place wins, in women's divisions, unless otherwise noted.

SnookerEdit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Winner 1 1993 WLBSA Connie Gough Memorial Tessa Davidson 3–1 [10]
Winner 2 1994 WLBSA Connie Gough Memorial Karen Corr 4-2 [9][11]
Winner 3 1994 WLBSA James Brooks Classic Tessa Davidson 3-2 [9][11]
Winner 4 1995 WLBSA Academy Fork Lift Karen Corr 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 5 1995 WLBSA Halsteads Ladies Classic Karen Corr 3-0 [9][11]
Winner 6 1995 WLBSA M-Tech Ladies Classic June Banks 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 7 1996 WLBSA Bailey Homes June Banks 4-2 [9][11]
Winner 8 1996 WLBSA Ladies Regal Scottish Lynette Horsburgh 4-1 [9][11]
Winner 9 1996 WLBSA Ladies Regal Welsh Ann-Marie Farren 4-1 [9][11]
Winner 10 1996 WLBSA Applecentre Classic [9]
Winner 11 1996 EBSA European Snooker Championship Karen Corr 6–3 [12]
Winner 12 1997 WLBSA James Brooks Classic Karen Corr 3-1 [9][11]
Winner 13 1997 WLBSA Applecentre Classic Lisa Quick 4-2 [11]
Winner 14 1997 EBSA European Snooker Championship Kim Shaw 5–3
Runner-up 15 1997 Women's World Snooker Championship Karen Corr 3–6 [13]
Winner 16 1998 WLBSA Ladies Regal Scottish Tessa Davidson 4-3 [9][11]
Winner 17 1998 WLBSA Grand Prix (Ladies) Lisa Quick 4-0 [9][11]
Runner-up 18 1998 EBSA European Snooker Championship Karen Corr 2–5
Winner 19 1998 Women's World Snooker Championship Karen Corr 5–0 [14]
Winner 20 1999 WLBSA Ladies Regal Scottish Julie Gillespie 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 21 1999 WLBSA Connie Gough Memorial Tessa Davidson 3-1 [9][11]
Winner 22 1999 WLBSA Ladies British Open June Banks 4-2 [9][11]
Winner 23 1999 WLBSA Ladies UK Championship Emma Bonney 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 24 1999 WLBSA National Championship Julie Gillespie 4-1 [9][11]
Winner 25 1999 EBSA European Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–2
Winner 26 1999 Women's World Snooker Championship Karen Corr 4–2 [15]
Winner 27 2000 WLBSA Ladies UK Championship Katie Henrick 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 28 2000 WLBSA Ladies British Open June Banks 3-0 [9][11]
Winner 29 2000 WLBSA Connie Gough National Kim Shaw 4-1 [9][11]
Winner 30 2000 WLBSA Consultex Belgium Open Lynette Horsburgh 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 31 2000 WLBSA Ladies Regal Masters Lynette Horsburgh 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 32 2000 EBSA European Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–0
Winner 33 2000 Women's World Snooker Championship Lisa Ingall 4–1 [16]
Winner 34 2001 WLBSA Ladies British Open Maria Catalano 4-0 [9][5][11]
Winner 35 2001 WLBSA Ladies UK Championship Lynette Horsburgh 4-1 [9][5][11]
Winner 36 2001 WLBSA Connie Gough National Lynette Horsburgh 4-1 [9][11]
Winner 37 2001 WLBSA European Ranking Event Lynette Horsburgh 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 38 2001 WLBSA LG Cup (Ladies) Lisa Quick 4-1 [9][5][11]
Winner 39 2001 EBSA European Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–3 [17]
Winner 40 2002 WLBSA Ladies Regal Scottish Lynette Horsburgh 4-2 [9][11]
Winner 41 2002 WLBSA Ladies Regal Welsh Wendy Jans 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 42 2002 WLBSA Ladies British Open Sharon Dickson 4-3 [9][11]
Winner 43 2002 WLBSA Ladies UK Championship Wendy Jans 4-1 [9][11]
Winner 44 2002 WLBSA Connie Gough National June Banks 4-2 [9][11]
Winner 45 2002 WLBSA European Ranking Event Lynette Horsburgh 4-2 [9][11]
Winner 46 2002 WLBSA LG Cup (Ladies) Lynette Horsburgh 4-2 [9][11]
Winner 47 2002 WLBSA Scottish Ladies Championship Sharon Dickson 4-3 [9][11]
Winner 48 2002 EBSA European Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–0
Winner 49 2002 Women's World Snooker Championship Lisa Quick 4–1 [18]
Winner 50 2003 WLBSA Ladies Regal Welsh Lynette Horsburgh 4-1 [9][11]
Winner 51 2003 WLBSA Connie Gough National Emma Bonney 4-0 [9][11]
Winner 52 2003 EBSA European Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–4
Winner 53 2003 IBSF World Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–2 [19]
Winner 54 2003 Women's World Snooker Championship Lisa Quick 4–1 [20]
Winner 55 2012 WLBSA China Billiard & Snooker Association Championship [9]
  • Home Internationals (with team England) 2002 and 2003

English billiardsEdit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Runner-up 1 1999 World Ladies Billiards Championship Karen Corr 276–354 [21]
Winner 2 2001 World Ladies Billiards Championship Emma Bonney 290–219 [22]
Runner-up 3 2002 World Ladies Billiards Championship Emma Bonney 196–227 [23]
Winner 4 2003 World Ladies Billiards Championship Emma Bonney 299–155 [24]

PoolEdit

Year Tournament Ref
2005 WPBA San Diego Class [9]
2005 WPBA Pacific Coast Classic [9]
2006 WPBA San Diego Class [9]
2006 WPBA Pacific Coast Classic [9]
2007 WPBA San Diego Class [9]
2007 WPBA Pacific Coast Classic [9]
2008 WPBA Pacific Coast Classic [9]
2008 WPBA US Open Nine-ball Championship [9]
2008 WPBA Player of the Year [9]
2009 International Tournament of Champions (nine-ball) [9]
2009 WPBA US Open (nine-ball) [9]
2010 International Tournament of Champions (nine-ball) [9]
2011 Yalin World 10-ball Championship [9]
2012 WPA Women's World Nine-ball Championship [9]
2012 China Open [9]
2012 WPA Player of the Year [9]
2013 Bronze medallist, World Games (nine-ball) [9][25][26]
2013 International Tournament of Champions (nine-ball) [9]
2013 Amway Cup – 2013 (nine-ball) [9][27]
2014 International Tournament of Champions (nine-ball) [28]
2019 WPA Women's World Nine-ball Championship [29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Moss, Allis (12 April 2000). "Fisher prepares for take-off". BBC News. Archived from the original on 18 May 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  2. ^ Hodgson, Guy (24 April 2000). "White believes he can reward the public will". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2010. Kelly Fisher, the world No 1, took her third successive women's World Championship at the Crucible yesterday, beating Lisa Ingall, a part-time model in her first final, 4-1.
  3. ^ Orlovac, Mark (27 April 2003). "Fisher takes title again". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 25 June 2004. Retrieved 24 April 2010. Kelly Fisher claimed her fifth world title in six years with a simple 4-1 victory over Lisa Quick.
  4. ^ "World Champions". womenssnooker.com. World Women's Snooker. Archived from the original on 3 January 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Wilde, Jon (13 December 2001). "Higgins is shocked by Lee". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2010. Kelly Fisher won her fourth successive ranking tournament yesterday. Already holder of the British Open, Belgian Open and LG Cup titles, Fisher beat Lynette Horsburgh 4–1 to collect the UK Championship title in York.
  6. ^ Yates, Phil (8 October 2002). "Higgins upset by focus on his namesake". The Times. Retrieved 24 April 2010. Kelly Fisher, the women’s world champion, extended her winning sequence to ten tournaments and 48 matches by beating Lynette Horsburgh 4-2 in the Ladies LG Cup final.
  7. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (10 July 2003). "Women's game under threat". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 15 August 2003. Retrieved 24 April 2010. I don't understand why they think it's okay to ditch the women," added Fisher. "Why not all stick together and go through the bad together. It seems that as long as the men's competition is okay that's what matters to the governing body. My choice now is to get a full-time job or go to America and play nine-ball pool like former world champion Allison Fisher chose to do.
  8. ^ "Kelly Fisher". Inside POOL. 2 January 2006. Archived from the original on 28 November 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2010. Explaining why she chose to come to the United States, Fisher said, “I was playing snooker in the U.K., which prevented me from coming over earlier. I was dominating the ladies’ circuit, then it collapsed over there. We were under the governing body of the men’s division, and they pulled the plug on the funding.” With the thought of moving to the U.S. in the back of her mind for a while, Fisher saw it was time to seriously consider it, stating “I thought I would have to get a regular job or make the move to America.”
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg "Player Bios: Kelly Fisher". WPBA.com. Women's Professional Billiard Association. 2015. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
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  12. ^ "Kelly Fisher wins Euro Women's Title". Snooker Scene. No. July 1996. Everton's News Agency. p. 24.
  13. ^ "Karen Corr wins 1996 world title a little late". Snooker Scene. No. July 1997. Everton's News Agency. pp. 12–13.
  14. ^ "Kelly Fisher: first woman to win at the Crucible". Snooker Scene. Everton's News Agency. June 1998. p. 29.
  15. ^ "World Champions". womenssnooker.com. World Women's Snooker. Archived from the original on 3 January 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
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  17. ^ "European Championships: Women". Snooker Scene. No. July 2001. Everton's News Agency. pp. 14–15.
  18. ^ "2002 World Ladies Snooker Championship – Knockout". snookerscores.net. World Women's Snooker. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  19. ^ "WORLD WOMEN'S SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP". IBSF. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
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  21. ^ "World Ladies Billiards Champions". world-billiards.com. World Billiards Ltd. 22 June 2015. Archived from the original on 16 August 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Shock defeat halts Fisher record bid". Worcestershire, West Midlands, Herefordshire, and Shropshire Counties Publications. 3 May 2001 – via NewsBank. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Emma's revenge win over Fisher". Wiltshire County Publications. 22 April 2002 – via NewsBank. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Fisher regains World crown". Wiltshire County Publications. 18 April 2003 – via NewsBank. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
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  29. ^ "Congratulations Kelly Fisher!!!!". wpapool.com. World Pool-Billiard Association. 19 December 2019. Archived from the original on 19 December 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020.

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