Evans Back on Top of the World

World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association
 
Reanne Evans has regained the world number-one spot in women’s snooker. A decisive victory in the South Coast Classic Saturday, February 7 took the four-time world champion from Dudley back to the top of the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association’s rankings.
 
Evans defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 26-year-old cousin Maria Catalano 3-0 in the final at the Q Ball Snooker Club, Eastbourne. In fact, the 23-year-old did not drop a frame in the fourth ranking event of the season.
 
In the semifinals, Evans missed the green on 95 to wrap up a 3-0 victory over Katie Henrick. Portsmouth’s Emma Bonney, who took the number-one spot with victory in the British Open in Newmarket in November, fired in a 77 in the second frame of a 3-1 semifinal defeat by Catalano.
 

Reanne Evans has regained the world number-one spot in women’s snooker as ranked by the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association.

Reanne Evans has regained the world number-one spot in women’s snooker as ranked by the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association.

Evans said, “I thought I was way in front, but I’m happy to be back to number one now. It’s good to be ladies’ number one, but I want to play on the men’s [circuit]. I do need to improve, but I’m cueing OK.”
 
Catalano said: “She played well. I had a few chances but didn’t take them. It’s a bonus to get to the final. I haven’t been practicing much, so I suppose I should be happy with what I’ve done.”
 
Evans, who won the inaugural EASB Ladies’ Tour event in Leeds February 1, heads to St Petersburg, Russia, next month with Catalano for the European Team Championships.
 
Derby schoolgirl Hannah Jones, 12, doubled the black off the cushion in the deciding frame of the Plate final to become the youngest in WLBSA history to clinch a senior title.
 
WLBSA chairman Mandy Fisher said, “Hannah is the youngest person to have won anything in the WLBSA by a mile.”
 
Supanni Yam-Oum, a director of SR Cues Ltd based in Ashford, Kent, donated a handmade £380 cue to Evans.
 
Making her WLBSA debut, Yam-Oum, originally from Thailand and now living in Canterbury, started playing snooker in November aged 56.
 
She said she “loved” the event and added, “If you can’t play snooker, you can’t sell the cues.”
 
The WLBSA South Coast Classic attracted a 21-player-strong field. 
 
It was the fourth of six WLBSA ranking events this season. Following the Connie Gough National Championship in Luton in March, Cambridge Snooker Centre hosts the World Championships in April. Evans will be bidding for a record fifth straight world title.

 

Pos Name Town Pts
1 Reanne Evans Dudley, West Mids 480
2 Emma Bonney Portsmouth 460
3 Maria Catalano Dudley, West Mids 450
4 Katie Henrick Bickley, Kent 445
5 June Banks Orpington, Kent 340
6 Chris Sharpe Chelmsford 282
7 Suzie Opacic Brambridge, Hants 259
8 Jenny Poulter Maidstone 231
9 Eva Palmius Isleham, Cambs 213
10 Hannah Jones Derby 197
11 Vicky Ashby Hemel Hempstead 186
12 Martina Lumsden Eastbourne 184
13 Joanne Davies Derby 155
14 Marianne Williams Smallfield, Surrey 149
15 Tina Owen-Sevilton Taunton 127
16 Pam Wood Newcastle 115
17 Gaye Jones Melksham, Wilts 107
18 Maureen Logan Wallsend, Tyne & Wear 101
19 Sarah Smith Sheffield 100
20 Georgina Holloway Derby 73
21 Charlotte Holloway Derby 68
22 Jan Hughes St Neots, Cambs 63
23 Malgorzata Sikorska Poland 50
24 Laura Alves Dublin 39
25 Michelle Marinova Bulgaria 38
26 Mary Hawkes Eaton Bray, Beds 29
27 Naomi Clare Ripley, Derbys 27
28 Supanni Yam-Oum Canterbury 7

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