Seventh Heaven For Reanne
Reanne Evans took another step towards immortality on the women’s snooker circuit by claiming a record seventh successive world title.
The undisputed world number one from Dudley, West Midlands, insisted she wants to keep the run going after cruising to a 5-1 victory over Emma Bonney in the final of the Greene King sponsored World Ladies Snooker Championship final.
“It hasn’t been the best, performance-wise,” admitted Evans. “But I’m just happy enough to win again. I always felt pretty comfortable in my own ability to win the matches.”
And she added: “A win is a win. I want to keep it going.”
Sporting her favourite pink-backed waistcoat and trademark ponytail, the 25-year-old raced to a 3-0 lead at the Pot Black Sports Bar in Bury St Edmunds, the first time the Suffolk market town had hosted the WLBSA season finale.
Bonney, who the previous day had claimed the billiards title, was unable to capitalise on the chances she was given.
But in the fourth frame, the 34-year-old from Portsmouth started a charge. Evans made a mess of escaping from a snooker and Bonney scored enough to leave her opponent chasing snookers.
After the mid-session interval, Bonney spurned a glorious chance to reduce the deficit to one.
After Evans had twice broken down in the balls, Bonney responded with a 44, the highest break of the match.
However, in a devastating blow, Bonney failed to escape from the required snooker and Evans sunk a exquisite long pink with stun run-through to land perfectly on the black and snatch the frame.
Evans said: “I couldn’t have hit it any better. She looked like she should’ve won but I dug in.”
A 42 clearance to the black in the sixth secured the £1,000 prize money.
It was Evans’ 29th World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association ranking title. And it extended her record unbeaten run on the WLBSA circuit to 88 matches.
The only player to take a frame off the champion before the final was Hong Kong’s impressive 20-year-old Ng On Yee, the 2009 and 2010 IBSF Women’s World Champion.
World number three Bonney, who pocketed the £100 high-break prize for a 67 against Revanna Umadevi in the last-16, booked her place in the final with a dramatic 4-3 last-four victory from 3-1 down against world number two Maria Catalano.