Snooker News – 22.10.2019

More happened last week than just the English Open.

The Women’s Tour was in Australia where Mink (Nucharut Wongharuthai), still only 19, won her first ranking event, beating On Yee Ng by 4-2 in the final.

Here is WPBSA report


Maximum Mink Wins First Ranking Title

20th October 2019

Nutcharut Wongharuthai has defeated Ng On Yee 4-2 in the final of the Australian Women’s Open to capture her first-ever ranking event title on Sunday.

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Held for a second time at the Mounties venue in Sydney, Australia, following last year’s inaugural event, the competition saw 24 players battle it out to become champion across four days of hard-fought action.

It would be the top two seeded players who would make it through to the showpiece match, Thailand’s Wongharuthai ominously doing so for the loss of no frames, while defending champion On Yee made it back-to-back finals in Sydney with victories against Jessica Woods and So Man Yan in the latter rounds.

Contested over the best of seven frames, the final saw 19-year-old Wongharuthai make the faster start by moving into a 2-0 lead, before former world number one On Yee hit back with a run of 70 to get herself off the mark. Mink, as Wongharuthai is also commonly known, took the fourth frame to restore her two-frame advantage, only for On Yee to again close the gap with a second 70 break to stay in the match.

Wongharuthai was not to be denied however, runs of 38 and 37 in the sixth and ultimately final frame proving enough for her to claim glory for the first time on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Victory for the Thai star adds to a career-best year which has already seen her reach her first World Championship final and become the first woman to make a verified 147 break back in March. She is now also guaranteed to climb to a new career-high ranking of number three, overtaking Rebecca Kenna who did not compete in Australia.

Wongharuthai’s success also represents the first ranking event win for a player other than On Yee or Reanne Evans on the circuit since Maria Catalano claimed victory at the Connie Gough Trophy back in February 2017 and the Thai star also finished the week with the highest break after her run of 90 during the group stage.

All at World Women’s Snooker would like to thank the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council for their hard work in running this event during the week.

Congratulations Mink!

This week, the Championship League Snooker continues with Groups 3 and 4.

Group 3 is in its second day and you can follow it on snooker.org

Meanwhile, this week a significant number of main tour players are already plaing in China, in a CBS event: the Haining Open.

Non Chinese main tour players: Mark Selby, Barry Hawkins, Jackson Page, Michael Georgiou, Jimmy Robertson, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Craig Steadman, Billy Castle, Jordan Brown, Mark Davis, Mark King, Michael Holt, Igor Figueiredo, Ricky Walden, Stuart Bingham and Elliot Slessor

Chinese players who compete(d) in the main tour or the Q-School: Zhou Yuelong, Zhao Xintong, Wu Yize, Zhang Yong, Zhang Jiankang, Pang Junxu, Mei Xiwen, Chang Bingyu, Zhang Anda, Fang Xiongman, Luo Honghao, Ju Reti, Lu Ning, Xu Si, Li Yan, Si Jiahui, Li Hang

Note that Barry Hawkins and Mark Selby withdrew from the Championship League to play in this one.

The full draw is here: http://bems.crandtec.com/index.php?g=&m=Index&a=huiwaisai_live&e_id=NzU%3D&s_id=MTcw&type=1

 

One thought on “Snooker News – 22.10.2019

  1. Congrats, Mink, I’m happy for her and I’m kind of a fan, but it is a bit disheartening that a best-of-7 is a “final length” for the women’s tour: they’ll never be able to compete not at the SWC qualifiers, but in the Qualifying School against the men.

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