Evans Snares Eighth Consecutive World Snooker Title

Evans Snares Eighth Consecutive World Snooker Title
REANNE Evans ended her “up-and-down” season with a record eighth successive women’s world snooker championship title.
 
The 26-year-old, who had been kept off the green baize for three months after being struck down with pleurisy, defeated Maria Catalano 5-3 in the final at Cambridge Snooker Centre.
 
“I’m just happy I’ve won,” declared Evans. “For three months, I didn’t even look at my cue – let alone pick it up. I was in too much pain.
 
“Touch wood, I’m over it now and, hopefully, there’s better things to come.”
 
It was first blood to 30-year-old Catalano as she took a tense opening frame on the blue. But the Dudley pair went into the mid-session interval all square at 2-2.
 
Reanne Evans MLa Evans Snares Eighth Consecutive World Snooker Title

REANNE Evans ended her “up-and-down” season with a record eighth successive women’s world snooker championship title.

After the break, Evans put together a run of 50 and then won an epic safety battle to lead 4-2.

 
Still determined to fulfill her dream of a first world title, Catalano pulled one back with a 48 clearance to win on the black.
 
However, one scrappy frame later, Evans was crowned world champion.
 
“I struggled in the final,” admitted Evans, after claiming her 31st ranking title on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association circuit. “But I gritted my teeth and stuck in there.
 
“(Maria) probably played the best overall. She played well all week. She’s had a great season but it just wasn’t meant to be.
 
“I tried to hang on as long as I could and thought, hopefully, things would turn my way – and they did.
 
“People know that I can play and I’ve been number one and I’ve won it for the last seven years, so you’ve always got the expectation. I know I can win, even with my B game, which I proved this year. But it’s still hard to live up to the task.”
 
Catalano, who had ended Evans’ record 90-match winning streak back in September and beaten her again in the Connie Gough Memorial, said: “I’m a bit gutted because I don’t feel there was much in it.
 
“Deep down, I feel I was probably the better player. It was just down to a few crucial balls. I didn’t play fantastic in the final but I felt good.
 
“I know I’m more than capable of winning the tournament. I’ll be back next year. I’ll keep trying. I’ll be here until the day I die. I’ll never give up.”
 
Despite the agony of a third world championship final defeat, Catalano ended the season as world number one.
 
And she pocketed the £100 high-break prize for a 116 clearance in the opening frame of her 4-2 semi-final victory over Tatjana Vasiljeva ( Latvia ).
 
Frame scores (Evans first): 39-73, 75-42, 70-54, 25-70, 66(50)-8, 63-33, 54(47)-57(48), 60-38.
 
ROUND-ROBIN RESULTS (SEEDS)
 
GROUP 1
No
Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
Pts
Pos
1
Maria Catalano (1)
3
3
2
3
3
19
1
2
Marianne Williams
0
0
0
2
1
4
5
3
Tatjana Vasiljeva
0
3
2
3
0
11
3
4
Yu Ching Ching
1
3
1
3
1
11
4
5
Jasmine Bolsover
0
1
0
0
1
2
6
6
Eva Palmius
0
2
3
2
2
13
2
 
GROUP 2
No
Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
Pts
Pos
1
Reanne Evans (3)
2
3
2
3
2
17
1
2
Revanna Umadevi
1
3
2
0
0
8
5
3
Naomi Clare
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
4
Chris Sharpe
1
1
3
2
1
10
4
5
Jenny Poulter
0
3
3
1
2
12
3
6
So Man Yan
1
3
3
2
1
13
2
 
GROUP 3
No
Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
Pts
Pos
1
Vicky Carter (4)
0
0
2
2
1
7
4
2
Suzie Opacic
3
1
2
3
0
12
3
3
Ng On Yee
3
2
3
3
3
19
1
4
Martina Lumsden
1
1
0
1
1
4
5
5
Maureen Rowland
1
0
0
2
0
4
6
6
Jaique Ip Wan In
2
3
0
2
3
14
2
 
GROUP 4
No
Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
Pts
Pos
1
Emma Bonney (2)
3
3
3
3
3
20
1
2
Chitra Magimairaj
0
1
0
2
3
8
4
3
Katie Henrick
0
2
3
3
3
15
2
4
Natascha Niermann
0
3
0
1
2
8
3
5
Tina Owen-Sevilton
0
1
0
2
3
8
5
6
Jan Hughes
0
0
0
1
0
1
6
 
ROUND-ROBIN BREAKS
 
Maria Catalano: 80, 51, 49, 48, 40, 35, 31.
Reanne Evans: 76, 60, 56, 55, 35, 32.
Ng On Yee: 64, 54, 47, 44, 44, 33, 31, 30.
Chitra Magimairaj: 56, 54.
So Man Yan: 56, 41, 30.
Tatjana Vasiljeva: 50, 33, 31.
Yu Ching Ching: 50.
Emma Bonney: 48, 47, 41, 36, 32.
Chris Sharpe: 47.
Jaique Ip Wan In: 43.
Jenny Poulter: 41.
Marianne Williams: 32
Vicky Carter: 31, 30.
 
KNOCKOUT (BREAKS)
 
LAST-16 (£40): Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Mids) (64) beat Vicky Carter (Sandy, Beds) 3-0, Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs) beat Suzie Opacic (Brambridge, Hants) 3-2, Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia) (47) beat Jaique Ip Wan In (Hong Kong) (36) 3-1, Yu Ching Ching (Hong Kong) (33) beat Ng On Yee (Hong Kong) (37) 3-1, Reanne Evans (Dudley, West Mids) (39, 51, 47) beat Chitra Magimairaj (India) 3-0, So Man Yan (Hong Kong) beat Natascha Niermann (Cambridge) 3-1, Katie Henrick (Bickley, Kent) (32, 35) beat Jenny Poulter (Maidstone) 3-0, Emma Bonney (Portsmouth) (38, 62, 84) beat Chris Sharpe (Chelmsford) 3-1.
 
QUARTER-FINALS (£80): Catalano beat Palmius 3-1, Vasiljeva (59) beat Yu 3-2, Evans (47) beat So 3-0, Henrick beat Bonney 3-1.
 
SEMI-FINALS (£120): Catalano (116, 74) beat Vasiljeva 4-2, Evans (57, 57, 34, 30) beat Henrick 4-0.
 
FINAL (£450/£225): Evans (50, 47) beat Catalano (48) 5-3.
 
SENIORS
 
REVANNA Umadevi has claimed her first World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association title.
 
The star from India dispatched world number 13 Eva Palmius 2-0 in the Seniors final. 
 
Results
 
QUARTER-FINALS: Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs) beat Maureen Rowland (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear) 2-0, Revanna Umadevi ( India ) beat Jan Hughes (St Neots, Cambs) 2-1, Jenny Poulter (Maidstone) beat Chris Sharpe ( Chelmsford ) 2-1.
 
SEMI-FINALS: Palmius beat Martina Lumsden ( Eastbourne ) 2-1, Umadevi beat Poulter 2-1.
 
FINAL (£80/£40): Umadevi beat Palmius 2-0.
 
MIXED PAIRS
 
TATJANA Vasiljeva hailed world number 26 Joe Perry as the “best partner ever” after the duo completed a hat-trick of Mixed Pairs titles in the opening event of the women’s world championships.
 
The Latvia/Chatteris double act defeated Emma Bonney and Nigel Ward 3-0 in the final.
 
Vasiljeva said: “(Joe) played a great game.”
 
Results
 
QUARTER-FINALS: Natascha Niermann & Will Scott beat Mandy Fisher & Phil Mumford 3-2, Tatjana Vasiljeva & Joe Perry beat Fran Calvert & Aidan Owens 3-1, Vicky Carter & Rob Shirley beat Jasmine Bolsover & Gavin Bolsover 3-1, Emma Bonney & Nigel Ward beat Jan Hughes & David Pyke 3-0.
 
SEMI-FINALS: Vasiljeva & Perry beat Niermann & Scott 3-0, Bonney & Ward beat Carter & Shirley 3-1.
 
FINAL: Vasiljeva & Perry beat Bonney & Ward 3-0.
 
PLATE
 
SOMERSET’S Tina Owen-Sevilton, the victim of a tough decision in the group stages, bounced back to defeat Seniors champion Revanna Umadevi (India) 3-0 in the Plate final.
 
Owen-Sevilton, Natascha Niermann and Chitra Magimairaj had ended their round-robin group matches with identical records. And they had all beaten each other.
 
However, organisers decided that Niermann, who lost 2-1 to Owen-Sevilton, should qualify having beaten Magimairaj 3-0. And Magimairaj went through having edged Owen-Sevilton 2-1.
 
Results
 
QUARTER-FINALS: Tina Owen-Sevilton (Somerset) beat Martina Lumsden (Eastbourne) 2-0, Jan Hughes (St Neots, Cambs) beat Maureen Rowland (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear) 2-0, Revanna Umadevi (India) beat Marianne Williams (Smallfield, Surrey) 2-0.
 
SEMI-FINALS: Owen-Sevilton w/o Naomi Clare (Ripley, Derbys ), Umadevi beat Hughes 2-0.
 
FINAL (£80/£40): Owen-Sevilton beat Umadevi 3-0.
 
WLBSA SNOOKER RANKINGS PRIOR TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
Pos
Name
Location
Pts
Sponsor
1
Maria Catalano
Dudley, West Midlands
240
2
Emma Bonney
Portsmouth
175
3
Reanne Evans
Dudley, West Midlands
115
MIUS
4
Vicky Carter
Sandy, Beds
115
5
Yu Ching Ching
Hong Kong
110
6
Jaique Ip Wan In
Hong Kong
110
7
Tina Owen-Sevilton
Bridgwater, Somerset
100
8
Katie Henrick
Bickley, Kent
95
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9
Natascha Niermann
Cambridge
85
10
Jenny Poulter
Maidstone, Kent
80
11
Gaye Jones
Melksham, Wilts
75
12
Jan Hughes
St Neots, Cambs
70
13
Eva Palmius
Isleham, Cambs
65
14
Hannah Jones
Derby
65
Jaxx Q Club & Wytech
15
Ng On Yee
Hong Kong
65
16
Suzie Opacic
Brambridge, Hants
55
Kara Accountants
17
Marianne Williams
Smallfield, Surrey
55
18
So Man Yan
Hong Kong
50
19
Jasmine Bolsover
Woking
45
20
Northern Ireland
35
21
Chris Sharpe
Chelmsford
30
22
Martina Lumsden
Eastbourne
25
23
Naomi Clare
Ripley, Derbys
20
24
Maureen Rowland
Wallsend, Tyne & Wear
20
Fine Arch Cues
25
Kim O’Brien
Bury St Edmunds
15
26
Pam Wood
Newcastle
10
27
Fran Calvert
Lowestoft
10
28
Jodie Symes
Swindon
10
29
Shaghayegh Sanei
Iran
5
30
June Banks
Orpington, Kent
0
31
Tatjana Vasiljeva
Latvia
0
32
Revanna Umadevi
India
0
33
Chitra Magimairaj
India
0
34
Joanne Davies
Derby
0
Wytech
35
Laura Alves
Dublin
0
36
Vicky Gibbs
Trowbridge
0
37
Karen Harrison
Fareham
0
38
Clare Heseldine
Broadstairs, Kent
0
39
Georgina Holloway
Derby
0
40
Charlotte Holloway
Derby
0
41
Mary Hawkes
Leighton Buzzard
0
42
Supanni Yam-Oum
Canterbury
0
 
WLBSA ROLL OF HONOUR 2011/12
 
Date
Venue
Tournament
Winner
Runner-up
Sep-11
Clay Cross
Northern Championship
Maria Catalano
Yu Ching Ching
Oct-11
Woking
UK Championship
Reanne Evans
Emma Bonney
Nov-11
Bury St Edmunds
East Anglian Championship
Maria Catalano
Katie Henrick
Jan-12
Fareham
Southern Classic
Emma Bonney
Jaique Ip Wan In
Feb-12
Swindon
Connie Gough Memorial
Maria Catalano
Jaique Ip Wan In
Apr-12
Cambridge
World Championship
Reanne Evans
Maria Catalano
 
LIBRARY PICTURE BY MONIQUE LIMBOS
 
2012 women’s world champion Reanne Evans.
 
PICTURES BY ROB SHIRLEY
 
Seniors champion Revanna Umadevi and referee Dan Lewis.
 
Mixed Pairs champions Joe Perry and Tatjana Vasiljeva.
 
Plate champion Tina Owen-Sevilton and referee Vic Hartley.

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