Final Round of 16 Commences at Carolina Classic
The final round of 16 players has commenced at the WPBA Carolina Classic, hosted by the American Tobacco Historic District Campus in Durham, NC. The event will crown a winner Sunday afternoon during the ESPN-taped matches.
The one-loss side winnowed to 8 players who returned in the draw for the final 16. Dawn Hopkins bested Jennifer Chen in a double-hill match to face Jeanette Lee in Saturday’s evening rounds, while Jasmin Ouschan dealt a 9-2 death blow to Melissa Little to advance and play the WPBA’s number one, Kelly Fisher.
Relative unknown Kyoko Sone made it through to the final 16, defeating Tiffany Nelson 9-7 to play Allison Fisher. Helena “The Sledgehammer” Thornfeldt routed Melissa Herndon 9-2 to advance to play against defending champion Ga Young Kim.
Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal soared through to the next round with a 9-2 victory over Maureen Seto and will next play Sarah Rousey. New Mexico’s Anna Kostanian also advanced, besting Brittany Bryant 9-2 to face off with Line Kjorsvik.
Japan’s Miyuki Sakai came through with a strong 9-4 win over Monica Webb to play Karen Corr, ranked second on the WPBA. And Xiaoting Pan eliminated Belinda Calhoun 9-3 and will next have to face Gerda Hofstatter.
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