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    IMAGINING furious glares from her seven-year-old daughter prompted nine-time women’s world snooker champion Reanne Evans to stage a remarkable turnaround at the £2,000 Eden Resources Masters.

    From 2-0 down to Ng On Yee in the semi-finals at Cambridge Snooker Centre, Evans blitzed eight breaks of 30 or more in nine frames to secure the £1,000 prize money.

    The 28-year-old from Dudley, West Midlands, avenged her UK Championship defeat by Hong Kong star Ng with runs of 38, 77 and 45 before wrapping up a 4-2 victory with an 86.

    And efforts of 30, 94, 45 and 43 in a 5-0 demolition of world number one Maria Catalano in the final took Evans up to second place in the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association rankings.

    “Maria didn’t really get many chances,” said Evans. “As soon as I got in the balls, I basically won the frame.

    “I don’t know where it came from because I struggled early on. I went 2-0 down (to Ng) and then I scored really heavy. She didn’t get a shot.

    “I thought of (daughter) Lauren kicking my bum because I was playing so bad. She wasn’t here but I could picture her giving me funny looks.”

    Evans, who also pocketed the £50 high-break prize for a 95 against Vicky Carter in the quarter-finals, reckoned she came close to her A game in that nine-frame spell.

    And she added that Lauren will be “very happy” that the cash arrived just in time for Christmas.

    Catalano, also from Dudley, defeated Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva, the WLBSA’s new International Liaison Officer, 4-2 in the last-four.

    Derby’s 17-year-old Hannah Jones actually broke into the top four - but only for a few hours until Jaique Ip Wan In clinched the competition for non-qualifiers from the round-robin group stages.

    Ip Wan In, from Hong Kong, who collected the Plate high-break prize of £20 for a 68 against Eva Palmius in the semi-finals, beat her compatriot Yu Ching Ching 3-1 in the final.

    Evans thanked Eden Resources - a Singapore-based company that organises seminars, events and training - for sponsoring the two-day event.

    “It proves there is interest in ladies snooker,” she said. “Hopefully, from this, they’ll (the WLBSA) get more entries in - knowing that people are willing to sponsor it.

    “There are a lot of players out there. It’s picking up and, hopefully, it’ll carry on that way.”

    For more information about the women’s snooker circuit, see


    Maria Catalano: 61 (v Kaur), 56 & 49 (v Yu).
    Hannah Jones: 61 (v Catalano), 42 (v Kaur), 37 (v Yu).
    Vicky Carter: 59 (v Ip Wan In).
    Yu Ching Ching: 53 (v Catalano).
    Tatjana Vasiljeva: 39 (v Ip Wan In).
    Jaique Ip Wan In: 37 (v Palmius).
    Ng On Yee: 33 & 30 (v L Evans).
    Reanne Evans: 32 (v Alves).


    QUARTER-FINALS (£80): Maria Catalano beat Laura Evans 3-0, Tatjana Vasiljeva beat Jenny Poulter 3-0, Reanne Evans (95) beat Vicky Carter 3-0, Ng On Yee beat Hannah Jones 3-0.

    SEMI-FINALS (£200): Catalano beat Vasiljeva (30) 4-2, R Evans (38, 77, 45, 86) beat Ng (36) 4-2.

    FINAL (£1,000/£450): R Evans (30, 94, 45, 43) beat Catalano 5-0.


    QUARTER-FINALS: Sharon Kaur beat Laura Alves 3-2, Jaique Ip Wan In beat Gaye Jones 3-0.

    SEMI-FINALS: Yu Ching Ching (32) beat Kaur 3-0, Ip Wan In (68) beat Eva Palmius 3-0.

    FINAL (£60/£30): Ip Wan In (33, 33) beat Yu (30) 3-1.


    Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Mids)
    Reanne Evans (Dudley, West Mids)
    Ng On Yee (Hong Kong)
    Jaique Ip Wan In (Hong Kong)
    Yu Ching Ching (Hong Kong)
    Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia)
    Vicky Carter (Sandy, Beds)
    Hannah Jones (Derby)
    Laura Evans (Neath Port Talbot)
    Sharon Kaur (Birmingham)
    Jenny Poulter (Maidstone, Kent)
    Laura Alves (Dublin)
    Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs)
    Chris Sharpe (Chelmsford)
    Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts)


    East Anglian Championship
    Saturday, January 25, 2014
    Pot Black Club
    Parade Road South
    NR33 0QW

    Tim Dunkley (WLBSA press officer & World Snooker coach)

  • #2
    Great to see she won and hopefully more sponsorship
    will happen given the popularity of snooker in China.