by Ben Hudd • January 22, 2023
Taiwanese sensation Chou Chieh-Yu has been crowned the women’s world nine-ball champion for the first time in her career following an emphatic 9-0 victory over Allison Fisher in Atlantic City.
Chou was in irresistible form in the title decider against the four-time champion, break and running on five occasions as she added the most prestigious title in the women’s game to her World 10-Ball Championship success last year.
The 36-year-old pulled off a clean jump shot on the one ball in the opening rack following a safety exchange prior to punishing a costly miss from Fisher on the three to double her advantage.
Chou subsequently put together two break and runs to extend her lead to 4-0, before once again enjoying success with the jump cue, potting the one-ball after an adequate safety shot from Fisher on her way to moving 5-0 in front.
Fisher would only return to the table on one more occasion, with the Brit unable to create an opportunity when hooked, as Chou clocked three further break and runs to pocket the lucrative $30,000 top prize.
Beforehand, Chou had staged a remarkable comeback to overcome defending champion Kelly Fisher’s conquerer Seo Seoa in a 9-7 victory, battling back from 6-2 behind in a resilient performance.
Fisher, meanwhile, had completed a 9-5 victory over Kristina Tkach to reach her seventh final and first since 2010, having come through a closely-contested affair against Chezka Centeno in Saturday’s quarter-finals.