‘Billiard Queen’ Kim Ga-young roars as champion for the first time in 9 months! ‘Dolphin’ Kim wins LPBA for the 6th time in her career…tied for most wins
‘Queen of Billiards’ Kim Ga-young (Hana Card) won her sixth career LPBA women’s professional billiards title, tying the record for most wins.
Kim won the final of the 2023-2024 LPBA Fifth Tour ‘Huon’s Championship’ at the Kintex PBA Stadium in Goyang City, Gyeonggi-do, on March 23 with a 4-1 (11-4 10-11 11-4 11-4 11-3) set win over Kim Sang-ah, who was trying to win her first career title. She took home 30 million won in prize money.
It has been nine months and 19 days since Kim reached the top of the podium at the fifth tour of the 2022-2023 season (NHC Card Championship) on January 4. It was her sixth career victory, tying her for first place on the career wins list with Seong Piavi (six). After a disappointing runner-up finish at the season-opening Tour Blue One Resort Championship in June, she returned to the final four months later and roared with the energy of a billiards queen.
Kim Sang-ah, on the other hand, had to settle for runner-up honors after breaking out in the tournament and making her first final appearance. Kim made her LPBA debut in the 2019-2020 season, and her previous best result was the quarterfinals of the fifth tour (Welcome Savings Bank Championship) in 2020-2021. This season hasn’t been much better, as he has been eliminated in the Round of 128 in three of his four tours. However, at this event, he has won seven straight matches to reach the quarterfinals.
Kim Ga-young and Kim Sang-ah defeated Lim Jung-sook and Baek Min-ju in the quarterfinals. The first set was dominated by the experienced Kim. Kim Sang-ah, who was new to the nerve-wracking final, remained blank in the first five innings. Kim, on the other hand, added two points in each of the third and fourth innings, followed by one in the eighth and three in the ninth to take control of the match.
In the second set, Kim Sang-ah took a zero point and aimed for the cue. She grabbed the lead and poured in six high-run points, including a bank shot in game two that tied the score at 1-1. Kim did not back down easily. Trailing 2-8 in the fourth, she scored four straight points, including a bank shot, to cut the deficit to 6-8, and then added two more in the fifth to tie the score at 8-8 before Kim returned to hitting the ball. 토스카지노 도메인
Kim scored two more points in the sixth and then tried a bank shot that failed. Kim tied the game at 10-10 with a precise bank shot, but her subsequent conversion failed, giving Kim another chance to close out the game in the seventh. She converted the remaining one point to tie the match.
In the third set, the two were tied 3-3 through three games before Kim scored five straight points in the fourth, including another bank shot, to take the lead. Kim Sang-ah scored a point in the later games, but that was it, as they traded blows in games five through nine, with Kim scoring one in game 10 and two in game 11.
Kim also took the deciding fourth set. Leading 6-3 in the sixth, she hit a jaw-dropping “wonder bank shot” to score four points. Kim Sang-ah seemed to feel the pressure and only managed one point in the seventh. Kim Ga-young followed up with a series of strikes, but she too failed to score. Eventually, Kim saved a set point with a break in the 11th game at 9-4 and then closed out the remaining points to take the set 3-1.
There were no upsets. Kim took control of the match in the fifth set. Kim Sang-ah’s shots were consistently shaky.
With a 4-2 lead in the fifth, Kim scored the championship point with a cool bank shot and a six-point long shot. He was unable to score in the sixth through the ninth, while Kim Sang-ah managed to pull within one point in the eighth. In the end, Kim sealed the match with one point left in the 10th game.