Thailand has claimed a home victory at the inaugural Women’s Snooker World Cup following a dominant performance at the Hi-End Snooker Club in Bangkok on Wednesday.
The pairing of Waratthanun Sukritthanes and Baipat Siripaporn, representing Thailand A, overcame Hong Kong A in the final showdown.
What had appeared to be a close showdown in prospect would prove to be a one-sided affair.
Breaks of 70, 48, and 50 by Thailand proved enough to propel the team into a 3-0 lead, before Siripaporn clinched the fourth and ultimately final frame on the black to confirm victory.
The local favourites began the day with a 4-0 success against compatriots Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Ploychompoo Laokiatphong in the last four.
Hong Kong A, led by reigning world champion Ng On Yee and Ho Yee Ki, overcame English duo Reanne Evans and Rebecca Kenna 4-2 in their semi-final – but couldn’t offer much in the way of a serious challenge with the silverware on the line.
The victory is the first success for either Sukritthanes or Sirapaporn in a major World Women’s Snooker ranking event and the first for Thailand as a nation in WWS competition.
There was a consolation prize for Hong Kong as the B-team of Jaique Ip Wan Ip and So Man Yan defeated Thai duo Panchaya Channoi and Thitaporn Nakkaew 2-0 to win the Challenge Cup – a side-event for teams who did not qualify for the knockout stages of the main tournament.
The week-long competition continues on Thursday in the Thai capital city with the start of the 2019 World Women’s Snooker Championship.
A total of 53 players are set to battle it out for the most prestigious title in women’s snooker.
Women’s Snooker World Cup Results (knockout rounds only)
Thailand A 4-0 Hong Kong A
Thailand A 4-0 Thailand B
Hong Kong A 4-2 England A
Thailand A 4-2 India A
Thailand B 4-1 Australia B
England A 4-1 Rest of the World
Hong Kong A 4-1 England B