Here we go!

October 23, 2015

20151022_194616The CBSA cloth is ready, the new cueball has arrived, visa is ok, flights and hotel booked… The 2015 Women’s World 9-Ball Championship is closing in!

I will spend my last week doing drills on the table and play a lot. The cloth behaves different from my normal cloth and so do the balls. Also the change in color needs a little getting used to:)

But I am so happy to have this opportunity to practice with the cloth and balls before I come to China. There are so many elements that affect your game while you are there, so elimination of variables is very important.

I will arrive in Guilin three days before the tournament starts so the jet-lag will be fixed by then. I will spend those days practicing if possible and just enjoy the scenery. Guilin is a very beautiful place and there are plenty of things to see.

If I have access to wordpress and facebook you will get updates from me, if not you will find all information alison-chang.com. My good friend Alison always gets the information out somehow, thank you Alison:)

Thanks for reading!

Ine:)

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Livescore and draw

October 16, 2014

I finally got some information links for you!

 

Livescore: http://www.top147.com/index/wl.php?cid=30

Draw double elimination: http://www.top147.com/mobile/news.php?id=00019050

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/2013-WPA-Womens-World-9-ball-Championship/360470447416060?ref=hl

Also, Ted Lerner is Publishing stories on http://www.wpa-pool.com

Getting ready for my match now, wish me Luck!

Ine:)

 

Yesterday we had the opening ceremony and draw. First there was a small press conference,  then dinner and then they shipped us of in a bus. The opening ceremony was held in a big sport venue with red carpet and a lot of security. We got numbered and lined up, and then without warning we were sent out on a big stage with more than 2000 spectators and live tv show… They had several performances and also the number one singer in China. Security was massive…I will post pictures of this later:)

 

Around 2215 we were finally ready for the draw. We all went up and drew our own numbers and this is the result (courtesy of Ted Lerner):

 

OUP STAGE DRAW FOR THE 2014 WPA WOMEN’S WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Play begins 1PM(GMT +8)Wednesday, October 15 at the Guilin Gym in Guilin, China.

 

Race to 7, Alternate Break

 

Round Robin in the groups . 4 players in each group will go through to the Final 32, straight knockout.

 

Group A

Han Yu(CHN) vs. Chen Xue(CHN)

Gao Meng(CHN) vs. Park Eun Ji(KOR)

Chezka Centeno(PHL) vs. Yang Fan(CHN)

Katarzyna Wesolowska(POL) vs. Fu Xiaofang(CHN)

 

Group B

Allison Fisher(GBR) vs. Sara Miller(USA)

Jennifer Barretta(USA) vs. Jung Bo Ra(KOR)

Charlene Chai Zeet Huey(SIN) vs. Adriana Villar(CRC)

Wang Xiao Tong(CHN) vs. Chou Chieh Yu(TPE)

 

Group C

Liu Shasha(CHN) vs. Kuo Azu Tinh(TPE)

Li Yun(CHN) vs. TBA

Neena Praveen(IND) vs. Joanne Ashton(CAN)

Karen Corr(GBR) vs. Cha Yu Ram(KOR)

 

Group D

Tan Ho Yun(TPE) vs. Ine Helvik(NOR)

Miyuki Kuribayashi(JPN) vs. Caroline Roos(SWE)

Wu Zhi Ting(TPE) vs. Ina Kaplan(GER)

Chen Siming(CHN) vs. Iris Ranola(PHL)

 

Group E

Rubilen Amit(PHL) vs. Suniti Damani(IND)

Hoe Shu Wan(SIN) vs. Line Kjorsvik(NOR)

Maureen Soto(CAN) vs. Masami Nouchi(JPN)

Akimi Kajatani(JPN) vs. TBA

 

Group F

Pan Xiaoting(CHN) vs. Li Pei Rong(TPE)

Angeline Magdalena Ticaolu(INA) vs. Amanda Rahayu(INA)

Kamila Khodjiaeva(BEL) vs. Liu Shin Mei(TPE)

Kristina Schagan(GER) vs. Kim Ga Young(KOR)

 

Group G

Tsai Pei Chen(TPE) vs. Brittany Bryant(CAN)

Jasmin Michel(GER) vs. Erin Mcmanus(USA)

Zhou Doudou(CHN) vs. Monica Webb(USA)

Wei Tzu-Chien(TPE) vs. Lin Yuan-Chun(TPE)

 

Group H

Wu Jing(CHN) vs. Denise Wilkinson(NZL)

Jiang Teng(CHN) vs. Bolfelli Barbara(ITA)

Jasmin Ouschan(AUT) vs. Chichiro Kawahara(JPN)

Kelly Fisher(GBR) vs. Jeanette Lee(USA)

 

So my first match is at 1500 against a seeded player, Tan from Taiwan. Can’t wait to play!

 

Thanks for reading

 

Ine:)

amwayI have already said this, but I say it again. Amway Cup is a big deal over here! We have never had so many tv cameras present, I counted around 20. Apparently the two guys announcing us at the press conference are very famous here in Taiwan….

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My group. From left: Pan Xiaoting, Rubilen Amit, Lin Hsiao-Chi, myself, Wu Jing

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The players, the officials and the sponsors

After the press conference we went to Mr Tu’s poolhall to get some shots in. We do not have any practice time in the venue before tomorrow. I start my first of three matches tomorrow at 1210 local time. playing against Rubilen.

We play winners break race to 7, Wish me luck!

Ine:)

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At the press conference

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Signing posters and magazines
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Yesterday, after bein spray painted with make up and having fake eye lashes. I also feel like I have got a wig, not my hair… Photo shoots are hard work!

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Here is Lyndall undergoing the spraypainting:)

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From yesterday, Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Lyndall Hulley and Alison Chang:)

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Sorry to repeat myself;) From the left: Kim Ga-Young, Alisom Fisher, Line Kjørsvik, Pan Xiaoting, Fu Xiaofang, Liu Sasha, Ine Helvik, Shu Han Chang , Cha Yu Ram

 

I have been home for almost three weeks now, and finally I had the time to sit down and and finish the trip. I have been very busy after coming home, opening the poolhall after the summer break and also catching up with other work, Now, I am getting back in to my normal rhythm and have some spare time to follow up my blog:)

After the tournament Lyndall Hulley, Taylor Meyer, Alison Chang and myself went to Beijing for 1,5 days. We had a great time and found time to visit the Temple of heaven, Forbidden City, The Great Wall (Mutianyu), Beihai Park Jingshan park and Ghost street.We figured out that we walked for 10 hours in one day! We started the day on the wall, then went to the Forbidden Ciy, Beihai park, Jinshan park and fiinished on Ghost street with chili dinner. We started the day at 7 am, but still…. close to 35 degrees.. I almost forgot the Dadong restaurant and their famous Peking Duck! That is a must when you are in Beijing:)

I have a bunch of photos, some by me and some by Alison Chang. I will post them all, fisrt the photos from Shenyang taken during the torunament, then our oturist trip to Beijing. Enjoy:)

Shenyang:

Opening ceremony, serious stuff:)

The draw as it is presented to the players. Different system from what I am used to:)

The draw as it was presented to the players. Different system from what I am used to:)

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Every day they put up this list for the practice tables. First come first serve. The Qualifiers and the main event shared the same 4 tables, it was kind of busy at times…

The Tv table ( this is were the big banner was displayed, on the outside) This is the semi with Alison Fisher on the right playing Han Yu.

The Tv table ( this is were the big banner was displayed, on the outside) This is the semi with Alison Fisher on the right playing Han Yu.

The main venue. The tables were placed in the hall, on a big cross. 7 tables one way and 8 the other way. Low ceiling, soooo warm, sweat dripping. We still love it…

DumplingS!! Suzette Booyens, Myself, Ina Kaplan, Lyndall Hulley, Taylor Meyer and Jasmin Ouschan and Alison Chang.

DumplingS!! Suzette Booyens, Myself, Ina Kaplan, Lyndall Hulley, Taylor Meyer and Jasmin Ouschan and Alison Chang.

The dumpling restaurant. Fresh food is fresh food..

The dumpling restaurant. Fresh food is fresh food…

The dumpling restaurant.

The dumpling restaurant.

The dumpling restaurant.  I am not sure what this is, but is is fresh....

The dumpling restaurant. I am not sure what this is, but is is fresh….

The dumpling restaurant. With frogs. I do not understand why they just sit there. They are alive and free, just JUMP!!!

The dumpling restaurant. With frogs. I do not understand why they just sit there. They are alive and free, JUMP ALREADY!!!

My last day in Shenyang, have you ever seen grapes that big???

My last day in Shenyang, have you ever seen grapes that big???

FROM BEIJING:

Our bacpacker hostel, Downtown Backpackers

Our bacpacker hostel, Downtown Backpackers

We had a room with skylight... Quite dofference from the 50 sqm suite in Shenyang.. But clean and cheap:)

We had a room with skylight… Quite different from the 50 sqm suite in Shenyang.. But clean and cheap:)

The reception:)

The reception:)

Temple of Heaven. Lyndall Hulley, Myself and Taylor Meyer on the meridian. Alison Chang behind the camera:)

Temple of Heaven. Lyndall Hulley, Myself and Taylor Meyer on the meridian. Alison Chang behind the camera:)

Dadong restaurant.  A MUST in Beijing:)

Dadong restaurant. A MUST in Beijing:)

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Dadong restaurant. Waiting for the duck:)

Dadong Restaurant. Finally the dick arrived, with a chef..

Dadong Restaurant. Finally the duck arrived, with a chef..

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Great Wall. This is the cart we took up to the wall

Taylor Meyer and I in the cart on our way up

Taylor Meyer and I in the cart on our way up

The Great Wall. Alison Chang and I

The Great Wall. Alison Chang and I.. and Taylor Meyer in the corner:)

FUN!! The toboggan we went on to get down from the wall. We had to go back up and take it down for a second time.  Yeay

FUN!! The toboggan we went on to get down from the wall. We had to go back up and take it down for a second time. Yeay

More FUN! This is how we got back up to take the toboggan back down. Adrenalin kick! Lyndall Hulley and Taylor Meyer in the cart behind us:)

More FUN! This is how we got back up to take the toboggan back down. Adrenalin kick! Lyndall Hulley and Taylor Meyer in the cart behind us:)

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Tiananmen square. Taylor Meyer. myself, Alison Chang and Lyndall Hulley. In 35 degrees.. Not easy being a Norwegian on this country..

Tiananmen square. Taylor Meyer. myself, Alison Chang and Lyndall Hulley. In 35 degrees.. Not easy being a Norwegian on this country..

Forbidden City. We are walking under the umbrellas. The sun was unbearable so we had to do something

Forbidden City. We are walking under the umbrellas. The sun was unbearable so we had to do something

Forbidden City, Impressive stuff

Forbidden City, Impressive stuff

Forbidden city, inside on of the houses

Forbidden city, inside on of the houses

Forbidden City..

Forbidden City..

Standing in the Forbidden City, looking at our next stop Jingshan park

Standing in the Forbidden City, looking at our next stop Jingshan park

Jingshan park, on our way to the top. How many steps can you climb in one day....

Jingshan park, on our way to the top. How many steps can you climb in one day….

Finally on the top of Jingshan park! Now you realize the size of the Forbidden City. Amazing

Finally on the top of Jingshan park! Now you realize the size of the Forbidden City. Amazing

After wlaking down from Jongshan to Beihai park, we decided enough is enough. Renting a  boat was the solution

After wlaking down from Jongshan to Beihai park, we decided enough is enough. Renting a boat was the solution

We decided on the fast boat:)

We decided on the fast boat:)

Ghost street, were I ended my Beijing trip this time. Great food (hot!) and all the lanterns really look nice. Perfect way to end a long day:)

Ghost street, were I ended my Beijing trip this time. Great food (hot!) and all the lanterns really look nice. Perfect way to end a long day:)

If you ever go to Beijing I can recommend visiting the places I went to. It is an amazing city and I am sure you can stay for a month and still not see it all. The DownTown backpackers were friendly, clean and cheap and a new experience for me. You get very accustomed to stay in 5 star hotels when you play tournaments, good to land on your feet before returning home. I would not stay here for a tournament, but as a tourist, no problem.

Until next time, take care:)

Ine:)