Nutcharut Wongharuthai beat Ng On Yee 4-2 in the final of the Australian Women’s Open to capture her first-ever ranking event title.
Held for a second time at the Mounties venue in Sydney, Australia, following last year’s inaugural event, the competition saw 24 players battle it out to become champion across four days of hard-fought action.
The top two seeded players made it to the final; Thailand’s 19-year-old Wongharuthai got there without conceding a frame. She then went 2-0 up on Hong Kong’s On Yee, before former world number one On Yee hit back with a run of 70 in frame three.
Wongharuthai took the fourth then another run of 70 from On Yee made it 3-2. Wongharuthai was not to be denied as runs of 38 and 37 in the sixth proved enough for her to claim glory for the first time on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.
Victory for the Thai star adds to a career-best year which has already seen her reach her first World Championship final and become the first woman to make a verified 147 break. She is now also guaranteed to climb to a new career-high ranking of number three, overtaking Rebecca Kenna.
Wongharuthai’s success represents the first ranking event win for a player other than On Yee or Reanne Evans on the circuit since Maria Catalano claimed victory at the Connie Gough Trophy back in February 2017. The Thai star also finished the week with the highest break, making a 90 during the group stage.
All at World Women’s Snooker would like to thank the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council for their hard work in running this event during the week.
The World Women’s Snooker Tour continues with the Eden Women’s Masters which runs from 23-24 November at Frames Sports Bar in Coulsdon, England. Enter the event online HERE.