Reanne Evans has lashed out at snooker bosses for the lack of prize money on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.
The record 12-time world champion vented her frustrations after suffering defeat in the semi-finals of this year’s World Women’s Snooker Championship in Thailand.
Evans squandered a two-frame advantage to Chinese teenager Bai Yulu, with the 19 year-old winning the last four frames to secure a memorable 5-3 triumph.
While Evans was magnanimous in defeat to the up-and-coming star, she was more scathing in her assessment of the current state of the women’s structure overall.
A top prize of just £8,000 is on offer for the women’s world champion on Saturday, comparing to the £500,000 jackpot that Ronnie O’Sullivan received for winning last year’s world title at the Crucible Theatre.
In recent seasons, women players have been awarded main tour cards in an effort to promote the women’s game.
But current professionals Evans, Ng On Yee, Mink Nutcharut, and Rebecca Kenna have predominantly struggled for positive results on the main tour, and there’s an argument that throwing them in at the deep end when they are not ready is more detrimental to the cause.
Evans, who has long been regarded as the best and most successful player ever from women’s snooker, doesn’t understand why more prize money isn’t being funnelled in to that tour to greater enhance its prospects of further development.
“If I’m honest I would really like to see money put back into the women’s tour and have a proper professional women’s tour,” Reanne Evans said, as reported by the Mirror.
“I think that will do us more favours. Women playing women like my semi-final today, I think that was a good competitive watch.”
“So for me that is the way forward. But while that is not happening, the main tour is the only way.
“I have played in invitation events where the money just for turning up is more than what the world champion gets, and I think that is disgusting really.
“I just wish someone would put a proper women’s tour on and make us professional. The Mongolian lady (Bayarsaikhan) Narantuya who beat (Ng) On Yee – she is a really good player, and there are more out there.
“They just don’t get a chance because it is all behind closed doors. If there is more money and tournaments around the world, that’s where our tour will come from.
“I just hope to god they back it because I think we deserve our spot as being professional in our own right on our own women’s tour, and not having to mix it with the men.”
Meanwhile, Bai will face Thailand’s Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan for the world women’s crown on Saturday at the Hi-End Snooker Club.
Nuanthakhamjan upset compatriot and defending champion Mink Nutcharut in the other last four clash on Friday in Bangkok.
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