Mink Nutcharut has won the Belgian Women’s Open for the second successive season after beating Ng On Yee in Sunday’s final.
The young Thai star fought back from behind to pip Ng to glory with a 4-2 scoreline at The Trickshot in Bruges.
As the top seed, Nutcharut received a bye through to the knockout stage of the competition, bypassing the round-robin phase.
The 24 year-old’s first opponent came in the last 16 when she easily dismantled the challenge of Connie Stephens in a whitewash display.
Nutcharut followed that up with another 3-0 victory in the quarter-finals, where she outplayed Mongolia’s Bayarsaikhan Narantuya.
A blockbuster semi-final clash against Reanne Evans subsequently lived up to its billing.
A ding-dong battle went all the way to a deciding frame, which Nutcharut won to set up the meeting with Ng.
The latter had reached the final with defeats of home favourites Anja Vandenbussche and Wendy Jans, triumphs that came either side of a quarter-final win over Tessa Davidson.
Hong Kong’s Ng began the title-deciding showdown strongly, making a break of 88 in the first frame and edging a tight third to lead 2-1.
But breaks of 87 and 55 helped Nutcharut to restore parity on two occasions, and the 2022 women’s world champion then took a couple of scrappy frames to seal victory.
Success represents her second title of the 2023/24 season, adding to her previous win at the US Women’s Open in August when she also eclipsed Ng in the final.
Nutcharut’s seventh ranking title also rubber stamps her status as the world number one player on the women’s tour.
2024 Belgian Women’s Open
Mink Nutcharut 3-0 Bayarsaikhan Narantuya
Reanne Evans 3-1 Anupama Ramachandran
Wendy Jans 3-2 Rebecca Kenna
Ng On Yee 3-2 Tessa Davidson
Mink Nutcharut 4-3 Reanne Evans
Ng On Yee 4-1 Wendy Jans
Mink Nutcharut 4-2 Ng On Yee
Featured photo credit: WWS