This month sees the hosting of the 38th World Women’s Snooker Championship to be held in Thailand for the first time.
On June 20th – 23rd at the spacious and luxurious Hi-End Snooker Club in Bangkok, the women snooker players will battle for a shared prize pot of £15,000 and the WWS trophy.
All eyes will be on Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, a three-time winner, as she tries to make it a remarkable three in a row after winning the 2017 and 2018 editions in Singapore and Malta respectively. She won her first in 2015.
On Yee, at 28, has made significant strides in the sport as one of the top players representing the women’s game overseas.
And, she’s one of two only women to win the World title from overseas since Australia’s Lesley McIlrath in 1980.
In 1994/95, the tournament was held in India’s New Delhi.
This year could be, however, the return of Reanne, as the Pride of Dudley, Evans, at 33, is hunting an incredible 12th World title. From 2005 – 2014, she won ten consecutive titles and her 11th in 2016.
But it’s not just the Reanne and On Yee show now, there is growing talent emerging on the women’s circuit as the likes of Keighley’s Rebecca Kenna, a runner-up in the UK Championship to On Yee earlier this year, is gradually coming up the rear and making a name for herself on the Tour.
Kenna, 30, who competed in this year’s Q School, said about the prospect of competing in Thailand for the first time.
“I’m Really looking forward to playing in the Hi-End club. The venue looks amazing and I know the conditions will be spot on. I’m excited to compete in the World Cup event also for the first time. Can’t wait to explore Thailand also.”
These top women players are not quite main tour standard yet as was illustrated in the recent Q School 2019 edition but are making headway and gaining vital experience wherever they can. There’s still some way to go though.
Thailand also have some talent emerging who are stalking the top. Nutcharut Wongharuthai, nicknamed as Mink, made a historic 147 break in women’s snooker ironically at the Hi-End Snooker Club in a practice match earlier this year.
There was also the showcase of the women’s game at the controversial but fun ranking event the 2019 Snooker Shootout. Reanne Evans and her very younger tour mate Emma Parker competed there on behalf of the women’s game. Emma is more than ten years or so younger than Reanne, and after admitted to wanting more main tour appearances. See the SnookerZone interview with the up and coming Emma Parker, here…
And, later this summer, the women have the added pleasure of showcasing their developing skills at the much-loved snooker arena The Crucible in Sheffield to the potential of up to 1000 packed audience at the inaugural Women’s Tour Championship.
This new attraction will give the players a taster of what it’s like to play under the lights of snooker’s flagship venue and is a true test of pressure in the cauldron of emotions that come at the Crucible.
Women’s multiple top winners since 1975…
Reanne Evans – 11 World titles
Allison Fisher – 7 World titles
Kelly Fisher – 5 World titles
Karen Corr – 3 World titles
Ng On Yee – 3 World titles
Vera Selby – 2 World titles
Article by Chris Gaynor. Copywriter for SnookerZone.co.uk