LADIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Radion Executive Snooker Club, Sheffield
Saturday 17th April 1999
The 1999 Ladies World Billiards Championship, open to any
WLBSA member, attracted an entry of eight playersalthough
the international element was restricted to Northern Ireland’s Karen
Corr (now living in Bourne, Lincs.) and Jan Hughes who also lives in
England but qualifies for Wales. Entries were encouraged by the event
preceding the Ladies Snooker Championship at the same venue, and
perhaps also the prize money going down to £75 for the loser of the
quarter-final, giving a reasonable guaranteed return for the £30 entry
fee of the eight competitors.
Karen Corr started the one-day event as hot favourite, with only she
and Emma Bonney (Essex), who is World No.9 in the snooker rankings,
having any known form at billiards.
Playing a straight knock-out format, all matches were 1½ hours duration.
In the first round, Corr and Bonney both advanced at the expense of
Sue Selby (Haywards Heath) and Gaye Jones (Colchester). They were
joined in the semi-finals by Sarah Kingswell and Kelly Fisher (Ealing)
who defeated Jan Hughes and Nicola Beckley respectively.
Kelly Fisher proved to be the “dark horse” of the competition, defeating
Bonney in the semi’s and then taking Karen Corr all the way in the
final. With just 10 minutes to go and training by 7 points, Corr produced
a break of 85, the highest of the competition, which finished seconds
before the final bell. This was enough to win her the title and a cheque
for £500. Kelly Fisher, who won the Ladies Snooker Championship
last year and was also voted the WSA Ladies Player of the Year, took
£300 as runner-up. Final scores : Corr 354; Fisher 276.