Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee seized the Eden World Women’s Championship for the second time, taking down India’s Vidya Pillai 6-5 in the final.
The D- day at the Lagoon Billiard Room in Toa Payoh, Singapore featured intense action as 26-year-old On Yee scored deciding frame victories in the semis and final to take the £5,000 grand prize and recapture the title she first won in 2015.
In the semis, she was pitted against seven-time and the 2016 world champion Reanne Evans, who beat On Yee in the 2014 and 2016 finals. But this time On Yee trailed by 60 points in the last frame and made a break of 50 then cleared from green to pink to clinch a 5-4 win. Pillai, on the other hand, knocked out England’s Rebecca Granger 5-1 to become the first Indian player to reach the world finals.
The first ever all-Asian showdown saw On Yee take an early 2-0 lead before Pillai fought back to win four frames in a row. On Yee retaliated with three frames to go 5-4 ahead before her opponent forced the decider.
The crowd didn’t move a muscle as the game came down to the last two balls and On Yee fouled the pink, leaving her opponent a free ball, with the black hanging over a corner pocket and the pink nearer to it. Pillai, who is known as the ‘queen of green’ was trailing by four points, went for the black, but miscued and hit the pink first. A thankful On Yee then grabbed the pink to win the frame 66-50.
Following a recent change in the rules, which brought World Ladies Billiards & Snooker fall under the governance of the Snooker Association (WPBSA) and World Professional Billiards, this was the first time in over 20 years that the most celebrated ranking event the world women’s snooker took place outside of the UK.