Texas Tornado Invades Asia in AM8.com Queens Cup
By Dragon Promotions
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - A Texas Tornado is coming. One of the most feared and exciting female players to ever wield a cue, Vivian Villarreaal will represent the USA once again on Team West with her European counterparts to take on Team Asia in the 2015 AM8.com Queens Cup. The 19-time major pro title holder is anxious to get to the Philippines and re-deem American pride. The greatest rivalry in women's billiards is about to ignite. On April 16-18th, 2015 the second installment of the AM8.com Queens Cup will feature champions vs champions as the best women from Asia will take on the best in the West! Last year, Team Asia had a dominating performance over Team West during the 3 days of competition. This year the USA & Europe will be looking to even the score. The AM8.com Queens Cup will be hosted by the award winning Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel and sponsored by Andy Cloth, Aramith Balls, and Viking Cue. The Queens Cup is a Dragon Promotions production.
"Vivian's game is explosive, and if she is on, she is near impossible to beat", says Ewa Mataya Laurance, captain of Team West who will be leading the Euro/USA squad against Team Asia. She adds, "Vivian will keep us all laughing. She has a great personality that I think will engage the fans and also be great for the Team West spirit."
"Vivian is a riot! She knows how to engage the audience onto her side and is one of the most fun players to watch in the sport", said Shari Stauch of Pool & Billiards Magazine.
"I think the AM8.com Queens Cup is a great event, and it is an honor to represent your country. Your playing with the best players in the world. You can't ask for anything more! Villarreal explained. When asked what would be the key to success this year for Team West she replied, “Staying focused and playing smart. If we do this, we can win. It's also going to depend on the breaks, who has control after the break."
"It's a pretty well-known fact that Vivian has an ultra-vibrant personality. She can affect the teams with her dynamics and of course, her ability to play fast and loose at a world class level could be a factor. She had a fantastic result at the Women's International Pool Championship and looks in top form. She's a great addition for an event of this magnitude", said Charlie Williams, Executive Producer of the AM8.com Queens Cup.
The Queens Cup will showcase the rivalry between the Asians and their western counterparts in Europe and USA, very similar to the Ryder Cup in golf or Davis Cup in tennis. Elite professional ladies from their respective countries and continents are selected onto two sides representing the East and West. The event will last 3 days in a 10-Ball format that will conclude when one team reaches 10 match wins. Style of play will include singles, doubles, triples, and 4-on-4. Captains will be put to the test to create the best strategy in partnerships and chemistry of match-ups. If the matches go 9 to 9 hill-hill, a final 4-on-4 play will set the scene for the dramatic conclusion.
Villarreal began playing pool when she was eight years old, and compiled over 200 trophies before she was a teenager. She turned pro in 1991 and finished 3rd at the World Championship just a year later. She then won the WPBA National Championship and a few years later the ESPN World Championship. She retained the #1 ranking in women's pool five times in her career. Nicknamed the Texas Tornado because of her fast paced, high octane style of play, but also for her emotions on the sleeve competitive spirit that always makes her the center of attention for fans.
The AM8.com Queens Cup brings a level of excitement and pressure never before seen in women's billiards. On April 16th, The Empresses of Pool Battle for Glory.