Evans Smashes Fisher’s Record
Reanne Evans has smashed Kelly Fisher’s record of 69 consecutive matches won on the women’s snooker circuit. Two days after her twenty-fifth birthday, the six-time world champion extended her remarkable winning streak to 72 with victory in the East Anglian Championship at Cambridge Snooker Centre.
Her last defeat was on March 1, 2008, when Maria Catalano clawed back a two-frame deficit to win 3-2 in the Connie Gough National final in Luton.
Evans, from Dudley, West Midlands, passed Fisher’s total with a 3-0 quarterfinal win against Surrey ’s Marianne Williams.
The world number one recalled playing the all-conquering Fisher many years ago and thinking, “That’s what I want to do.”
“I’ve got there!” she said. “It’s nice to have the record.”
The East Anglian Championship, the second leg on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association circuit, was Evans’ twenty-fifth ranking title.
“It was a bit scrappy at the beginning,” said Evans after a 3-0 win over Catalano, 28. “But then a couple of forties got me going.
“She had a chance to go two to one, but she missed it and I cleared up.
“I’m playing okay—not great, but solid. I’m not giving so many chances away.”
It was the eighth time since the start of last season the pair have met in a WLBSA final.
Evans said, “I think it’s more psychological now because she CAN play. You always get a bogey player.”
It was Catalano who ended Fisher’s record run in 2003.
Jan Hughes, from St Neots, Cambs, defeated Tina Owen-Sevilton 2-0 in the Plate final. World number five Eva Palmius, from Isleham, Cambs, accounted for Williams in the seniors’ final. And 14-year-old Derby schoolgirl Hannah Jones, who has been called up for the England women’s team for the IBSF World Championships in Syria in December, claimed the junior title.
The previous day, Evans, now a professional snooker player, lost 4-0 to Allister Carter in the second round of the fourth leg of the European Players Tour Championship in Gloucester.