All-conquering Reanne equals career best
WORLD ladies number one snooker player Reanne Evans equalled a career best 140 semi-final break on her way to clinching the British Open in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.
After racking up 76 straight wins on the women’s snooker circuit, she is now targeting 100 after extending her record-breaking run with victory at Pot Black Sports Bar.
The six-time world champion, who is the first woman to play on the men’s professional tour, defeated Portsmouth’s Emma Bonney 3-1 in the final of the one-day event, hosted and sponsored by the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association’s tour.
The 25-year-old from Dudley, West Midlands, said: “It was a bit scrappy and all the balls went a bit awkward. I needed a snooker in the second frame, got it, and then she potted a brilliant pink.”
But the frame turned out to be a purely a consolation for five-time world billiards champion Bonney, who was unable to halt Evans’ march towards a 26th WLBSA ranking title.
Evans matched her highest break with a 140 total clearance in a 3-0 semi-final victory over Kent’s June Banks.
WLBSA chairman Mandy Fisher said: “It was a fantastic 140. You don’t get many like that.”
Despite being virtually unbeatable on the women’s circuit, Evans is still searching for that elusive first victory on the professional circuit.
She narrowly lost 4-3 to world champion Neil Robertson in the European Players Tour Championship in Prague last week and four days later crashed out of the UK Championship 9-1 to China’s Xiao Guodong.
She said: “No matter what, all it can do is increase my confidence for the Ladies. I can only take the positives from it, because that’s all it is this season. I can’t expect much, really, just experience and enjoying it.”
Second seed Maria Catalano, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s cousin, was a shock last 16 casualty in the British Open, losing 3-2 to world number 14 Tina Owen-Sevilton.
Taunton’s Owen-Sevilton climbed two places after a 3-0 semi-final defeat by Bonney.
Jenny Poulter (Maidstone) accounted for Vicky Carter (Hemel Hempstead) in the Plate final. Martina Lumsden (Eastbourne) defeated Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts) to claim the Seniors’ title. And Derby schoolgirl Hannah Jones, 14, eased past 16-year-old Naomi Clare (Ripley, Derbys) in the Junior final.
The players will be back in Bury St Edmunds in April, when the WLBSA host their season finale, the World Championships, at Pot Black, in April.
LAST-32: Vicky Carter beat Kim O’Brien 3-2.
LAST-16: Reanne Evans (52) beat Carter 3-0, Natascha Niermann beat Jenny Poulter 3-1, June Banks beat Gaye Jones 3-0, Martina Lumsden beat Eva Palmius 3-1, Emma Bonney beat Chris Sharpe 3-0, Jan Hughes beat Naomi Clare 3-2, Hannah Jones beat Marianne Williams 3-2, Tina Owen-Sevilton beat Maria Catalano 3-2.
QUARTER-FINALS (£30): Evans beat Niermann 3-0, Banks beat Lumsden 3-0, Bonney (31) beat Hughes 3-1, Owen-Sevilton beat H Jones (31, 30) 3-1.
SEMI-FINALS (£50): Evans (140) beat Banks 3-0, Bonney beat Owen-Sevilton 3-0.
FINAL (£200/£100): Evans beat Bonney 3-1.
QUARTER-FINALS: Jenny Poulter beat Kim O’Brien 2-1, Gaye Jones beat Naomi Clare 2-0.
SEMI-FINALS: Vicky Carter beat Marianne Williams 2-0, Poulter beat Jones 2-0.
FINAL (£30/£20): Poulter beat Carter 2-0.
QUARTER-FINALS: Eva Palmius (31) beat Jenny Poulter (35) 1-0, Marianne Williams beat Jan Hughes 1-0.
SEMI-FINALS: Martina Lumsden beat Williams 1-0, Gaye Jones beat Palmius 1-0.
FINAL: Lumsden beat Jones 1-0.
FINAL: Hannah Jones beat Naomi Clare 2-0.
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