Ng On Yee beat countrywoman Katrina Wan 4-2 to claim the inaugural Australian Women’s Open in Sydney on Sunday.
The all-Hong Kong clash was a tight affair but Ng’s experience eventually told with breaks of 66 and 55 helping her over the winning line at the Mt. Pritchard and District Community Club.
The triumph represents Ng’s second of the season after her defence of the UK Women’s Championship in September and sees her extend her lead over Reanne Evans at the top of the world rankings list.
Evans had been expected to be the 27 year-old’s opponent in the final, especially after some fine performances in the early rounds had seen her coast into the semi-finals.
But in the last four, the recent European Women’s Masters champion came unstuck against Wan, who recorded an outstanding 4-3 win to reach the final of a ranking event for the first time in her career.
All in all, the competition Down Under has appeared to have been a success and the standard produced one of the best ever for a tournament on the women’s snooker tour.
Not only did Ng On Yee impressively collect the Australian Women’s Open title, but she also knocked in a fabulous 139 century break – her highest ever competitively – in a semi-final success against emerging Thai star Nutcharut Wongharuthai.
Indeed, there were six centuries in total with Evans scoring a high break of 137 and Wongharuthai hitting a 115 in her quarter-final victory over South Korea’s Jeong Min Park.
Jessica Woods performed the best out of the large crop of home players competing in Australia but lost 3-1 to eventual runner-up Wan in the last eight.
The next tournament on the calendar is the Eden Women’s Masters, which takes place at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester towards the end of November.