World number one Reanne Evans won the inaugural Women’s Tour Championship title at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on Saturday.
The event saw the world’s top four ranked players – Evans, Ng On Yee, Rebecca Kenna and Nutcharut Wongharuthai – take to the baize as women’s snooker returned to the home of the sport for the first time since 2003.
Evans began the day with a dramatic black ball victory against 19-year-old Wongharuthai in what was a repeat of this year’s World Championship final.
Having split two high-quality opening frames the match came down to a re-spotted black, which Evans fortuitously potted when an attempted double rebounded for a treble into the opposite middle pocket.
In the title decider, she met long-time rival Ng after the Hong Kong star defeated Kenna 2-0 in the second semi-final.
Ng took a scrappy opener before a nice clearance of 47 by the three-time former world champion to seal victory.
Somewhat controversially, the final between Evans and Ng took place over just a single frame.
With the World Seniors Championship being played at the same venue and the quarter-finals scheduled for the remainder of the day, the decision was made to shorten the women’s final.
Several took to social media to object against the call, with many saying that it belittled the tournament and the women’s tour.
The commentary had just said it’s so it doesn’t run into the seniors play this afternoon!! If that’s the case that’s ridiculous and not fair to the girls in the final!! These are the things that need to be addressed if the ladies game is to move forward!!
— Buster (@Buster_comedy) August 17, 2019
In the final itself, a surprising miss on the black from Ng proved vital as Evans made no mistake with an excellent and ultimately decisive break of 79 clinching the title.
The victory sees Evans pick up from where she left off after a six-title 2018/19 season which saw her regain the world number one ranking and claim her record 12th world title.
“To come back and soak everything up with the one-table set-up, I have absolutely loved it and hopefully it’s a step forward for women’s snooker and for me in general.
“We were happy just to be come and play here as the top four women players at the Crucible Theatre of dreams, every snooker player no matter who you are wants to play her.”
“Then we were told that it was live on TV which added pressure, but it lets people know that we play and people will try to support us more and hopefully we can put on a good show.”