Karen Corr Wins The 2006 “Champion of Champions” Title
November 15, 2006 Portland, TN: “There’s absolutely nothing that compares to winning this one,” said an elated Karen Corr moments after capturing the 2006 Mohegan Sun International Tournament of Champions title. The pressure packed $25,000 winner-take-all event was held at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, November 1. Corr, World Ranked #2, defeated WPA World Champion Ga Young Kim 5-3 and 5-3 in the final match and was crowned the new “Champion of Champions.” The two semifinals and the Championship match were taped for broadcast by ESPN.
“The pressure was just incredible,” said Corr “There’s no margin for error when every player is a champion. One shot missed and you can lose $25,000! Your nerves are off the chart during the entire tournament.”
Indeed, of the four international champions in the event, Corr had to fight her way to the title. She defeated San Diego Classic Champion Kelly Fisher in the semifinal round 5-2 and 5-3. The semi and final matches require a player to win two sets, race to 5 games each set. In the event of a tie, the pressure becomes intense with a one game sudden death shootout.
The other semifinal also brought cheers from the crowd. Ga Young Kim defeated World Ranked #1 Allison Fisher in a sudden death showdown after splitting sets 5-1 and 5-3. Corr’s final match against Kim was a nail biter, featuring flawless run outs and exquisite safety play. Corr narrowly won the first set 5-3 and then took the first two games of set two. But Kim ripped off three games in a row and rallied to a 3-2 lead. Known for her pinpoint accuracy, Corr shot the lights out with the next three games and moved ahead to close out the Championship match
The crowd gave Corr a standing ovation when she won the final match. She spontaneously performed a backward somersault to celebrate her victory and then accepted the highest single winner’s purse in Women’s pool of $25,000. The trophy and the check were presented by Bob Yalen of Mohegan Sun and Gregg Hovey of Olhausen Billiards, and Janet Shimel of Cuetec Cues presented a one-of-a-kind cue inscribed “2006 Champion of Champions.”
The 2006 event was the Ninth Annual International Tournament of Champions. Bob Yalen, Director of Sports & Entertainment for Mohegan Sun, was delighted with the support displayed by the crowd of pool fans. “We will continue to host this event,” he said. “The crowds were even more than we anticipated, and the players were amazing. We are extremely pleased.”
In addition to the fine tournament site at Mohegan Sun, the event was sponsored by Cuetec Cues, Olhausen Billiards Tables, Aramith Super Pro Billiard Balls, Simonis Cloth, Liguria International, Original Italian Slate, Mueller Recreational Products, Ozone Billiards, and Silver Cup Chalk. The WPBA sanctioned event was produced by Matt and Bettiane Braun of Billiards International, Ltd.
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