Evans in seventh heaven

Pictures by Monique Limbos

Reanne Evans has taken another step towards immortality on the women’s snooker circuit by claiming a record seventh successive world title. Click below for the details on her victory as well as the other events…

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 Greene King 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, Suffolk.

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.

It was the first time the Suffolk market town had hosted the WLBSA season finale.

GREENE KING WORLD LADIES SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Round-robin group stages (top two qualified for the last-16):

Group A
No Name 1 2 3 4 5 W F Tot Pos
1 Jaique Ip Wan In 3 3 2 3 4 11 15 1
2 Kim O’Brien 0 3 0 2 2 5 7 3
3 Naomi Clare 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5
4 Marianne Williams 1 3 3 2 3 9 12 2
5 Gaye Jones 0 1 2 1 1 4 5 4
Group B
No Name 1 2 3 4 5 W F Tot Pos
1 Yu Ching Ching 3 3 2 3 4 11 15 1
2 Natascha Niermann 0 2 2 3 3 7 10 2
3 Chitra Magimairaj 0 1 3 3 2 7 9 3
4 Pam Wood 1 1 0 3 1 5 6 4
5 Maureen Rowland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Group C
No Name 1 2 3 4 5 W F Tot Pos
1 So Man Yan 3 1 3 3 3 10 13 1
2 Jan Hughes 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5
3 Tina Owen-Sevilton 2 3 0 1 2 6 8 3
4 Tatjana Vasiljeva 0 3 3 3 3 9 12 2
5 Vicky Ashby 0 2 2 0 2 4 6 4
Group D
No Name 1 2 3 4 5 W F Tot Pos
1 On Yee Ng 3 2 3 3 4 11 15 1
2 June Banks 0 1 3 3 2 7 9 3
3 Revanna Umadevi 1 2 2 3 3 8 11 2
4 Fran Calvert 0 0 1 3 1 4 5 4
5 Jasmine Bolsover 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

ROUND-ROBIN BREAKS

On Yee Ng: 60, 59, 53, 42.

June Banks: 51.

Tatjana Vasiljeva: 42.

Yu Ching Ching: 40.

Chitra Magimairaj: 39, 35.

So Man Yan: 35.

Kim O’Brien: 33.

KNOCKOUT RESULTS (BREAKS)

LAST-16 (£80): Reanne Evans (49) beat Marianne Williams 3-0, Ng On Yee (50) beat Hannah Jones 3-0, Jaique Ip Wan In beat Eva Palmius 3-1, Tatjana Vasiljeva beat Katie Henrick 3-1, Emma Bonney (67, 35) beat Revanna Umadevi 3-1, Yu Ching Ching beat Jenny Poulter 3-1, So Man Yan beat Chris Sharpe 3-1, Maria Catalano (43, 44, 57) beat Natascha Niermann 3-0.

QUARTER-FINALS (£130): Evans (32, 36) beat Ng 4-1, Bonney (40, 57) beat Yu (66) 4-1, Vasiljeva (32, 38, 38, 31) beat Ip Wan In 4-3, Catalano (47) beat Yan 4-0.

SEMI-FINALS (£250): Evans (31, 45, 34, 64) beat Vasiljeva 4-0, Bonney (58) beat Catalano 4-3.

FINAL (£1,000/£500): Evans (42, 34, 36, 42) beat Bonney (44) 5-1.

JUNIORS

DERBY schoolgirl Hannah Jones has picked up her fourth successive World Ladies Junior snooker championship.

The 14-year-old hot favourite for the title admitted she was “really nervous” during the 3-0 victory over Naomi Clare, from Ripley, Derbyshire.

A 26 clearance to the black gave Jones a 2-0 lead and a tidy 24 did the damage in the third frame.

“I was really, really nervous,” she said. “There were a lot of people watching. Everyone was expecting me to win.

“Hopefully, it’ll be a lot easier to get sponsorship now. The more titles I win, the more people will get interested. It’s very tough doing it on your own, money-wise.”

RESULTS (BREAKS)

FINAL: Hannah Jones (26, 24) beat Naomi Clare 3-0.

SENIORS (40+)

KENT-based June Banks is threatening to do a ‘Reanne Evans’ in the World Ladies Seniors.

Since coming of age a little over two years ago, Banks has completed a hat-trick of titles.

Banks defeated Jan Hughes, who was bidding for a first ever world title, 3-0 in the final.

RESULTS

PRELIMS: June Banks beat Eva Palmius 3-0, Jenny Poulter beat Maureen Rowland 3-1, Gaye Jones beat Kim O’Brien 3-2.

QUARTER-FINALS: Banks beat Jones 3-0, Revanna Umadevi beat Poulter 3-1, Jan Hughes beat Pam Wood 3-1, Marianne Williams beat Chris Sharpe 3-0.

SEMI-FINALS: Hughes beat Williams 3-2, Banks beat Umadevi 3-0.

FINAL: Banks beat Hughes 3-0.

PLATE

TINA Owen-Sevilton proved too strong for local girl Kim O’Brien in the Plate final.

The world number ten from Somerset did not drop a frame in the competition for those missing out on qualification for the last-16 of the Greene King World Ladies Snooker Championship.

RESULTS

PRELIM: Tina Owen-Sevilton w/o Pam Wood.

QUARTER-FINALS: Owen-Sevilton beat June Banks 3-0, Gaye Jones beat Maureen Rowland 3-0, Jan Hughes w/o Chitra Magimairaj, Kim O’Brien beat Vicky Carter 3-0.

SEMI-FINALS: Owen-Sevilton beat Jones 3-0, O’Brien beat Hughes 3-0.

FINAL (£100/£50): Owen-Sevilton beat O’Brien 3-0.

MIXED PAIRS

WORLD No 31 Joe Perry fulfilled a vow he made a year ago in Cambridge to Latvian number one Tatjana Vasiljeva.

True to his word, ‘Gentleman Joe’ did indeed return and defend the Mixed Pairs title with his playing partner.

In a repeat of the 2010 final, Vasiljeva and Perry accounted for Pam Wood and world No 22 Martin Gould – this time 3-1.

Billiards aficionado Phil Mumford and WLBSA chairman Mandy Fisher, the 1984 women’s professional world champion, defeated the 2009 winners Reanne Evans and her fellow Main Tour professional Michael Holt 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

RESULTS (breaks)

PRELIM: Fran Calvert & Aidan Owens (51, 67) beat Revanna Umadevi & Bidare Gangadhal Nagaraja 3-0, Mandy Fisher & Phil Mumford beat Steve Edwards & Natascha Niermann 3-2.

QUARTER-FINALS: Tatjana Vasiljeva & Joe Perry (54) beat Calvert & Owens 3-0, Hannah Jones & Vinnie Calabrese (72) beat Eva Palmius & Nikolas Charalambous 3-0, Pam Wood & Martin Gould (40, 53, 59, 51, 71) beat Kim O’Brien & Andy Goodridge 3-0, Fisher & Mumford (58, 61) beat Reanne Evans & Michael Holt 3-1.

SEMI-FINALS: Vasiljeva & Perry (43) beat Jones & Calabrese 3-1, Wood & Gould (77) beat Fisher & Mumford (42) 3-0.

FINAL: Vasiljeva & Perry (68) beat Wood & Gould 3-1.

LADIES DOUBLES

EASTERN stars So Man Yan and On Yee Ng claimed the World Ladies Doubles title.

The Hong Kong duo saw off the Latvia/Bury St Edmunds pairing of Tatjana Vasiljeva and Kim O’Brien 2-0 in the final.

RESULTS

SEMI-FINALS: On Yee Ng & So Man Yan beat Jaique Ip Wan In & Yu Ching Ching 2-1, Tatjana Vasiljeva & Kim O’Brien beat Maureen Rowland & Natascha Niermann 2-1.

FINAL: Ng & Yan beat Vasiljeva & O’Brien 2-0.

BILLIARDS

EMMA Bonney collected her fourth successive World Ladies Billiards title – and a sixth in total.

However, the 34-year-old admitted to neglecting the three-ball game since being crowned Portsmouth champion last July.

“I haven’t really played since then because I’m trying to improve my snooker,” she said.

Bonney defeated Somerset’s Tina Owen-Sevilton 202-181 in the one-hour final.

Owen-Sevilton closed the gap in the last few minutes after trailing for most of the game. However, Bonney was at the table when the buzzer went.

Bonney said: “Most of the time I was 40 or 50 points up. She played really quick and potted some really good balls at the end.”

Bonney added that her snooker ability compliments her billiards knowledge and she doesn’t rely solely on her potting.

She said: “Five times in the final I played a really good ‘in off’ or a ‘long jenny’ – key shots that weren’t necessarily pots. They were more billiards shots which kept me in it at crucial times.

“I haven’t really been practising billiards, so it was a bit of a struggle. To win a world title four year in a row is nice.

“I’m going to try and practise a bit more for next year,” she laughed.

As well as the Ron Agnew World Ladies Billiards title, Bonney pocketed a year’s free subscription to all English-Billiards Open Series (EBOS) tournaments, a package worth £200.

Trophies were presented by Clive Scott, the head of refereeing at the English Amateur Billiards Association.

ROUND ROBIN RESULTS (45-MINUTE MATCHES)

FIRST ROUND

GROUP A: Revanna Umadevi 106-80 Eva Palmius, Maureen Rowland 29-49 Jan Hughes, Palmius 162-25 Rowland, Umadevi 132-63 Hughes, Palmius 83-25 Hughes, Umadevi 148-38 Rowland.

Umadevi and Palmius qualified.

GROUP B: Tina Owen-Sevilton 165-82 Gaye Jones, Hannah Jones 99-73 G Jones, Owen-Sevilton 179-119 H Jones.

Owen-Sevilton and H Jones qualified.

SECOND ROUND

GROUP A (non-qualifiers £40): Chitra Magimairaj 119-142 Tina Owen Sevilton, Owen-Sevilton 155-125 Revanna Umadevi, Umadevi 215-100 Magimairaj.

GROUP B (non-qualifiers £40): Emma Bonney 192-77 Eva Palmius, Palmius 127-47 Hannah Jones, Jones 93-206 Emma Bonney.

FINAL (£300/£150): Bonney 202-181 Owen-Sevilton

BILLIARDS PLATE COMPETITION

FINAL (£30/£20): Gaye Jones 70-46 Jan Hughes

2011 WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES

Top eight seeds

Reanne Evans (Dudley, West Mids)

Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Mids)

Emma Bonney (Portsmouth)

Katie Henrick (Bickley, Kent)

Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs)

Jenny Poulter (Maidstone)

Chris Sharpe (Chelmsford)

Hannah Jones (Derby)

Marianne Williams (Smallfield, Surrey)

June Banks (Orpington, Kent)

Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts)

Tina Owen-Sevilton (Taunton)

Natascha Niermann (Cambridge)

Pam Wood (Newcastle)

Naomi Clare (Ripley, Derbys)

Maureen Rowland (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear)

Jasmine Bolsover (Woking)

Jan Hughes (St Neots, Cambs)

Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia)

Chitra Magimairaj (India)

Revanna Umadevi (India)

Yu Ching Ching (Hong Kong)

Jaique Ip Wan In (Hong Kong)

So Man Yan (Hong Kong)

Ng On Yee (Hong Kong)

Kim O’Brien (Bury St Edmunds)

Fran Calvert (Lowestoft)

Vicky Carter (Hemel Hempstead)

2011 WORLD BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES

Emma Bonney (Portsmouth)

Chitra Magimairaj (India)

Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs)

Tina Owen-Sevilton (Taunton)

Jan Hughes (St Neots, Cambs)

Hannah Jones (Derby)

Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts)

Maureen Rowland (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear)

Revanna Umadevi (India)

  • tazmania

    The reason why Evan is struggling in the mens game is because the womens game is not challenging enough. I would suggest she tries to play in the amueter men competitions like the IBSF tournaments to get experience. Probably the middle between professional mens game and the woman’s game. Putting her straight against the pro mens probably was a wrong decision for her confidence but it was a good because it proved how big the gap is between the mens and the womens .