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Amy Beauchamp moved to within three wins of retaining her Hotel Collection World 8-Ball Pool ladies’ singles title in Blackpool last night.

But a new face is already guaranteed a place in next Wednesday’s best of 15 frames final at the Imperial Hotel.

England international Beauchamp has dropped just four frames in reaching the last eight of the £21,500 tournament, now in its 24th year.

A 6-3 win over South Africa’s Joy Willenberg sets-up a quarter-final today (Friday) against experienced Australian, Elise Mabbott

And Beauchamp is on a collision course to face three-time champion, Emma Cunningham of Northern Ireland, in the penultimate round.

Cunningham, looking for her first win since 2013, defeated Scotland’s Angie Tidball 6-2 in the last 16 to earn a meeting against compatriot, Jo Kent.

While the top half of the draw has gone to form, the bottom section has been rocked with shocks. That’s why the four survivors can make history by reaching the final.

Pride of place in the giant killing achievements went to French hope, Sabrilla Brunet, who stunned 2014 champion and reigning European title holder, Kirsty-Lee Davies 6-1.

She next plays first time quarter-finalist, Lisa Wray, from Wallsend who beat Northern Ireland’s Stacey Hancock 6-4. The remaining quarter-final features Australian Kolbe Poole or Ireland’s Sandra Bryan.

It’s currently free admission for the Championships but tickets are on sale for the last two days of the event, including the men’s and ladies singles final on June 29. Tuesday’s four sessions are priced at £2 each with a discounted £7 day ticket.

Admission to the men’s individual final is £5 with the ladies’ final and men’s team final £2 each. For further details contact 07432 827318 or 01253 625763.

Trevor Baxter - Press Officer
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