Nutcharut Wongharuthai beat world champion Reanne Evans 4-3 to capture the 2022 Women’s British Open title at the Winchester Snooker Club on Sunday.
The young Thai star, known as Mink on the circuit, edged the favourite in a dramatic tussle that went down to the final colours in the deciding frame.
Wongharuthai led three times in the showdown only to be pegged back on each occasion, and Evans subsequently had an opportunity to pinch glory when attempting a clearance in the seventh frame.
A missed pink, however, allowed Wongharuthai in and the 22 year-old duly sank the winning ball to add a Women’s British Open title to her maiden triumph at the 2019 Women’s Australian Open.
Earlier in the tournament, Wongharuthai beat Jasmine Bolsover and Jamie Hunter with 3-0 scorelines to comfortably reach the last four, where she overcame Rebecca Kenna 4-2 with a high break of 55.
Reigning UK Championship winner Evans reached the final by dropping only a single frame, a run that included a 4-0 thumping of Maria Catalano in the semi-finals.
Defeat for the Englishwoman in the final marks her second in succession at that stage following a similar tight reverse against Ng On Yee at the Eden Women’s Masters.
The next event on the World Women’s Snooker Tour is the big one, the Women’s World Snooker Championship from 10-14 February in Sheffield.
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