Mink Nutcharut and Reanne Evans remain on course for a blockbuster World Women’s Snooker Championship final in Thailand.
Reigning world champion Mink and record 12-time winner Evans are through to the semi-finals and are on opposite sides of the draw at the Hi-End Snooker Club in Bangkok.
They both face tricky semi-final opponents later on Friday, with Mink up against fellow Thai Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan and Evans in action against Bai Yulu.
The latter, still only 19, has already created a storm in this tournament by compiling the highest ever snooker break in a World Women’s Championship affair.
The Chinese teenager’s 127 during the group stages earlier this week broke the previous record of 125 by Kelly Fisher that was set in 2003.
Mink actually lost to Bai in that initial league phase, demonstrating the kind of level she is clearly already able to produce on the big stage.
Evans reached her 18th Women’s World Snooker Championship semi-final with a 4-0 victory over Ploychompoo Laokiatphong in the quarter-finals.
The English player boasts a wealth of experience at the business end of tournaments and will be hoping that will be to her advantage against young Bai.
Mink, meanwhile, rebounded strongly from that early loss, qualifying second from her group and proceeding to win her three knockout-round encounter so far.
The 23 year-old recently moved to the number one spot in the women’s world rankings for the first time and also won this season’s World Mixed Doubles alongside Neil Robertson.
Her opponent is former Thai national champion Nuanthakhamjan, who in 2019 partnered Waratthanun Sukritthanes to victory in the Women’s World Cup.
There is live coverage of the World Women’s Snooker Championship on Facebook.
After the semi-finals on Friday (9am GMT), the final will take place on Saturday (5am GMT).
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