Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut has taken the world number one spot in the women’s snooker rankings.
The 23 year-old becomes the twelfth player in the history of the World Women’s Snooker Tour to top the standings.
Nutcharut’s run to the quarter-finals of the Asia-Pacific Women’s Championship in Australia was enough to see her leapfrog Reanne Evans into first place.
It caps a terrific year overall which began with her claiming a maiden World Championship crown last February in Sheffield.
More success has followed in recent months with back-to-back victories in both the Eden Women’s Masters in November and the Belgian Women’s Open last month.
Having been granted professional status on the main tour, Mink also teamed up with Neil Robertson to capture glory in the invitational World Mixed Doubles last autumn.
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Mink had been the favourite to make it a hat-trick of successive ranking event triumphs on the World Women’s Snooker calendar this week.
However, an unexpected defeat to countrywoman Ploychompoo Laokiatphong in the quarter-finals halted her progress.
And it was her 20 year-old compatriot who instead went on to lift the trophy aloft at the Mounties Club in Sydney.
Laokiatphong sealed her first ranking piece of silverware with a 4-1 defeat of Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan – another promising talent from Thailand.
Outgoing women’s snooker world number one Reanne Evans didn’t participate in the tournament, while world number three Ng On Yee bowed out in the last eight.
The next event on the women’s snooker calendar is the World Cup, which will take place in Bangkok at the end of the month.
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