Two days after going undefeated on the DFW Ladies 9-Ball Tour, Monica Anderson, part of a committee of tour members that runs the tour, was still basking in the joy of winning her first regional tour event. The extra $500 event drew 35 participants to Stixx & Stones in Lewisville, TX.
“Finally broke one,” he wrote in an email he sent us here at AZBilliards, primarily to provide us with links to event props, photos, and payments to use in preparing a report.
“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while,” he added by phone two days later, “and it only took me 5,858 games to do it.”
Although Anderson traces his billiards career back to 1999, when he started playing on a BCAPL team, his first appearance in our database was when he won $10 and finished 25th.the at a stop on the Hunter Classics Tour in 2002. Not only did she go undefeated to claim $615 more than her 2002 payout, she (rated ‘4’) defeated a ‘7’ (Krystle Suarez) in the final. Suarez, who had lost her second match, won seven on the losing side to face her, the last of which were watched with growing concern by Anderson.
“I hope it’s Krystle,” she told someone during the wait, “because she should be tired.”
And she went. When they finally met, Suarez asked, probably rhetorically, “I have to break you, right?”
She did. And then she didn’t. Although as a long-time player well aware of the ups and downs of the game, Anderson was aware that when those finals began, the only thing that mattered was the table in front of her and grabbing it, as the sports cliché indicates, a ball, a game at hand. the time However, the victory surprised her.
“Oh hell yes!” she said. “I felt like I was playing well, but the most important thing was that given the chances, I closed it out and finished it like I was supposed to.”
Anderson’s trip to the winner’s circle, following a first-round bye, passed through Jannon Talman, Nichole Clark and Bailey Barber, putting her in a semifinal on the winner’s side against Tera Saunders, who had been responsible for send Suárez to defeat. side in the second round. Tiffany Pryor, meanwhile, opened with a double win over Julie Stephenson and followed that up with wins over Chouie Almora, Sisyne Bolajoko and April Gonzales to reach the semifinal on the winner’s side against Francisca Riza Pill.
Both matches, fighting for the right to play in the hot seat match, were double hills. Anderson over Saunders, Pryor over Pill. Anderson, in a straight-to-4 race, claimed the hot seat 4-2 and waited, somewhat anxious and confident at the same time, for Suarez to complete her run on the losing side.
Pill and Saunders moved to the losing side and walked straight to their second straight loss. Saunders got a rematch against Suarez, who had already scored four wins on the losing side and was looking for more with a bit of redemption to boot. He had only given up four racks in those four games, and only one in the last two; one for April Gonzalez and none for Desiree Collins. Pill picked up Bailey Barber, who caught up with her by defeating Kailye Stevens and Janna Talman by an aggregate score of 10-1.
Suarez scored a successful rematch against Saunders 7-2, as Barber was busy making his losing side aggregate score 15-2, eliminating Pill 5-1. Suarez then defeated Barber 7-3 in the quarterfinals and, by a blow to Anderson, who was waiting for her on the bench, Tiffany Pryor 7-2 in the semifinals.
Anderson started the final with three ‘beads on the wire’ in a race to 7, but would need to win just once. Suárez took a quick and early lead in the first set.
“I snapped, she ran,” Anderson said, “and then she snapped and ran.”
“Something had to change,” he added, noting that at 0-2, “he started playing a little more security and defense.”
The strategy worked. Anderson won three of the next four and was tied at ‘3’ with Anderson on the hill.
“She missed a crucial shot on the 8-ball,” Anderson said. “I made that 8 ball, but I was left with a long bank on the 9 ball.”
“I made it,” he added, finishing up claiming his first regional tour title.
Tour representatives, including Anderson, thanked Stixx & Stones owners and staff for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Cuetec, Fort Worth Billiards Store, Kamui and Doc’s Billiards Office.
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