Han Yu (pool player)

Han Yu
Born 1992
Sport country  China
Pool games 9-Ball
Tournament wins
World Champion WPA World Nine-ball Championship (2013, 2016, 2018)
Ranking info
Highest WPA ranking 1

Han Yu is a (Chinese: 韩雨) Chinese professional pool player. She is a three time WPA World Nine-ball Championship women's champion, winning the event in 2013, 2016 and 2018. Han is also a semi-finalist in three further world championships, in 2017 in the 9-ball event, and 2011 and 2014 in 10-Ball.[1]

Career

Han first appeared at a pool event in 2007, and reached the semi-finals of the All Japan Championship, before winning the event in 2009.[2][3][4] In 2011, Han reached the semifinal of the WPA World Ten-ball Championship, losing to winner Kelly Fisher 9–4,[5] and later in the year lost again in the semifinal of the All Japan Championship to Bi Zhu-Qing.[6]

In 2013, Han became a world champion for the first time, winning the WPA world Nine-ball championship. She defeated Fisher and Tan Ho-yun to reach the final, where she defeated Yuan-chun Lin 9–1.[7][8][9] After winning the championships, Han began to pack up her cue, and did not celebrate.[10] Han was then surrounded by fans asking for autographs and photographs, and broke into tears when her mother arrived.[10] The following year, Han reached the semi-finals of the 10-ball world championships, but lost to Kelly Fisher again.[11]

In 2016, Han reached the semi-finals of the Amway Cup and was defeated 8–9 there by the eventual champion, Chezka Centeno.[12] Two months later, she won by 9-8-final victory over Liu Shasha in the China Open. In December 2016, Han won her second world championship with a 9–7 victory in the final against Chihiro Kawahara.[13] Han won her third world championship in 2018, winning the 9-ball final over Wang Xiao Tong.[13][14]

Han Yu was picked as eighth seed for the 2019 World Pool Masters, missing the preliminary round but lost 6–7 to Shane Van Boening in the first round.[15]

Achievements

References

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  2. ^ "All Japan Championship". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
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  5. ^ "Kelly Fisher to Finals: China Stopped". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
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  8. ^ Ted Lerner (12 August 2013). "Hands down for Han!". wpa-pool.com. World Pool-Billiard Association. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
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  11. ^ "2013 Women's 10-ball World Championship". Billiard Walker. Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Centeno becomes youngest player to ever win Amway Cup". kozoom.com. Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Han Yu Wins WPA Women's World 9-Ball Championship". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  14. ^ "2018 Women's World 9Ball Champion – Han Yu!! – WPA Pool". WPA Pool. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  15. ^ "World Pool Masters 2019". azbilliards.com. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Hands Down For Han! – WPA Pool". WPA Pool. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
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