Congrats to The Duchess of Doom Allison Fisher on her win at the 2008 Great Lakes Classic! This year’s event saw a number of fresh faces reach the round of 16, with names like Tiffany Nelson, Megan Minerich, Yu Ram Cha, Sarah Rousey and Sarah Ellerby joining TV round regulars Kelly Fisher, Karen Corr and Ga Young Kim. Ultimately though, the TV rounds broke out to a classic Allison Fisher vs. Karen Corr matchup and Kelly Fisher vs. Sarah Ellerby.
After the dust settled on the semifinals, it was Kelly Fisher vs. Allison Fisher in the finals with Allison ultimately taking control of the match and winning 7-4. For those interested in watching the semis and the finals, currently the Great Lakes Classic is scheduled to air on ESPN August 4th from 8PM to 11PM EST.
For all you night owls who missed this weekend’s airings of the San Diego Classic, you can catch reruns on ESPN2 on July 9th at 3AM EST and on July 13th from 2AM to 4AM EST.
I don’t want it to sound like we don’t like the WPBA mainstays because we really do, but there’s something really exciting about seeing a bunch of new faces rolling. The Great Lakes Classic has been a bit of a coming out party for a number of players that we haven’t seen much of. Names like Sarah Rousey and my personal hero Tequila Schjodt are still on the winner’s side and one win away from sliding into the Round of 16. When you look at this with the past two events that saw Gerda Hofstatter and Anna Kostanian making it to the TV round, all the sudden you have a very different WPBA.
I mean how cool was it to see Anna Kostanian up against Xiaoting Pan and Jasmin Ouschan against Ga Young Kim in the semifinals of the Generation Pool tournament? Unless something catastrophic happens, Anna should coast into the Round of 16 at which point it will be the luck of the redraw.
We’ll see what happens tonight, but the future is definitely looking bright for the WPBA.