Jamie Hunter has won her first ranking title with victory in the US Women’s Snooker Open on Sunday in Seattle.
The Englishwoman secured the biggest triumph of her career so far with a 4-1 defeat of pre-tournament favourite Rebecca Kenna in the final.
Hunter comfortably advanced from the initial round-robin phase with four successive 2-0 wins to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.
The women’s world number 12 subsequent recorded another whitewash scoreline, beating America’s Frances Tso 3-0 in the last eight.
A first frame of the tournament was lost in the semi-finals, but Hunter still dominated opponent Mary Talbot-Deegan in a 4-1 victory.
Kenna, who is competing on the Main Tour this season as a professional, enjoyed a similarly smooth progress to the title-deciding match.
Indeed, the 33 year-old didn’t drop a single frame en route to the final, and she would have been highly fancied to go on and land the title.
But Hunter, who lost 4-3 to Kenna in the final of the English Women’s Snooker Championship this year, got off to the better start by winning the first two frames.
Kenna got on the scoreboard in frame three, but after taking an important fourth frame Hunter got the job done in the fifth for a breakthrough glory.
Top women players Reanne Evans, Ng On Yee, and Mink Nutcharut did not participate in the tournament – the first to be played in the United States.
US Women’s Snooker Open
Jamie Hunter 3-0 Frances Tso
Mary Talbot-Deegan 3-0 Liu Jing
Emma Parker 3-0 Diana Schuler
Rebecca Kenna 3-0 Mary Avina
Jamie Hunter 4-1 Mary Talbot-Deegan
Rebecca Kenna 4-0 Emma Parker
Jamie Hunter 4-1 Rebecca Kenna
Featured photo credit: WWS