A sign of the times? A coincidence? Take
On the weekend of April 22-23, Amy Yu chalked up an
undefeated victory, her first, on the Predator Tour.
What made her victory noteworthy (beyond its first-ever
significance for her, personally) was that she became
the second woman in a week to go undefeated, downing
male tour veterans twice (hot seat and finals) to win
a stop on the New York Tri-State area's two predominant
tours; the Tri-State and Predator Tours. On Saturday,
April 15, Kristina "Reaper" Grim defeated
Tri-State and Predator Tour veteran Raul Calderon twice
to claim a victory. Yu downed Tri-State and Predator
Tour veteran Lidio Ramirez on the most recent, $1,000-added
Predator stop, which drew 79 entrants to Steinway Billiards
in Astoria (Queens), NY.
Yu got into her first hot seat match, after she'd defeated
another male Predator Tour veteran, Shawn Sookhai 8-4.
Ramirez, in the meantime, downed Cristobal Tiru 7-4
to face Yu, who subsequently claimed the hot seat 10-5.
On the loss side, Sookhai drew Max Watanabe, who'd eliminated
Willy Santiago 8-4, and JPNEWT veteran, Jia Li 7-3.
Tiru picked up Abel Rosario, who'd defeated Matthias
Gutzmann and Thomas Schreiber, both 7-4. Watanabe and
Tiru advanced to the quarterfinals following identical
7-2 victories over Sookhai and Rosario.
Tiru eliminated Watanabe 7-5 in those quarterfinals,
before being eliminated by Ramirez in the semifinals
8-5. Yu completed her undefeated run through the field
of 79 with a second, commanding 10-4 victory over Ramirez
in the finals.
The next stop on the Predator Tour, a $1,000-added,
double points event, scheduled for May 6-7, will be
hosted by The Spot in Nanuet, NY.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards