SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s pin-up pool player Cha Yu-ram has insisted she has no plans to switch to a career in modelling despite publishing a book of racy photos this year.
The cue-wielding beauty has won international titles this year, proving there is substance behind the style, and has vowed to deliver at next year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou.
“I had a photo shoot for a sexy photo album this summer but promise my fans I won’t go into the entertainment business,” Cha told South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo.
“I want to be recognised for my pool skills, not for my looks. I think my (time) is about to begin. Look out for me (in Guangzhou).”
Cha shot to fame by winning a major women’s nine-ball competition in South Korea in 2003, although she suffered a loss of form at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.
While references to former Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova — who brought glamour to her sport but failed to win a singles title — are unwelcome, Cha’s early years were spent whacking balls over a net on her father’s orders.
“I ended up quitting tennis after three years,” said Cha, whose tennis ‘career’ ended when she was 11. “When I really got into (pool) I was playing it 10 hours a day minimum.”
Reporting by Alastair Himmer in Tokyo. Editing by Peter Rutherford