Al Fujairah: Just like the Chinese 8 Ball men’s event, the final of the Nine-Ball Pool Ladies at the 1st Asian Billiard Sports Championship turned out to be another all-Chinese affair on Saturday, October 1, with Liu Shasha having the better of her compatriot Chen Siming at the end of proceedings on the day. Shasha won the clash 9-7 to lift the prestigious trophy of the maiden continental competition held in Al Fujairah, the UAE.   Shasha, a three-time WPA World Nine-ball champion with an imposing record of a back-to-back victory on the global stage (2014 and 2015), had to dug into her archive of experience to resist the stubborn resistance of the 22-year-old Siming in the highly entertaining encounter. The game lived to its expected billings considering the caliber of players involved. Just as it was expected, the encounter remained unpredictable almost to the last frame as the pendulum kept swinging from one player to the other to the delight of the cue sport enthusiasts who thronged the expansive hall of the Concorde Al Fujairah Hotel-venue of the tournament. For the champion, the victory extended her head-to-head advantage over her younger opponent at major competitions, an advantage that included her defeating Siming for her second global crown at the 2014 WPA World Nine-Ball Championship held in Guilin, China. Enroute the final, Shasha successfully overcame the challenged posed by another compatriot Han Yu in the semi-final, running away with a comfortable 9-4 victory, while Siming had an easier 9-2 win against Iran’s Akram Mohammadi. Overall, 11 players from five countries, China, India, Iran, Lebanon and South Korea, participated in the competition with China, India and Iran each featuring three players. The 1st Asian Billiard Sports Championship is organized by the Asian Confederation of Billiards Sports (ACBS).

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