(born 'LEE Jin-Hee', Hangul
: 이진희, July 9, 1971, Brooklyn
, New York
) is an American professional pool
player. She was nicknamed
"the Black Widow" by her friends because of how, in spite of her sweet demeanor, she would "eat people alive" when she got to a pool table.
Lee started playing pool in 1989. She went on to rank as the no. 1 female pool player in the world during the 1990s, and received the Women's Professional Billiard Association
(WPBA) Sportsperson of the Year Award in 1998. In addition to many top finishes on the WPBA Tour, she won the gold medal
for the USA at the 2001 World Games
in Akita, Japan
, and won the ladies' 25,000 winner-take-all Tournament of Champions twice, in 1999 and 2003. Lee also wrote The Black Widow's Guide to Killer Pool
In 2001, Lee challenged Efren Reyes
to a -to-13 exhibition match
, in Manila, Philippines
, but lost 4-13.
More recently, Lee has turned to professional speed pool
, including televised matches against the top male professionals of the discipline.<!--As of when?-->
For<!--The use of "for" not "in" is intentional here; was not published until 2/2008--> 2007, she was ranked #4 in Pool & Billiard Magazine
<nowiki>'</nowiki>s "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players" poll.
Titles and achievements
- 2007 International Skins Billiard......