An important fixture on the World Women’s Snooker Tour calendar, the tournament returned to Frames Sports Bar for a second time following its successful first staging in 2019 and once again saw some fantastic snooker played across 102 matches during the weekend.
It was to prove a dramatic Sunday for Hong Kong’s Ng, who defeated Ewelina Pislewska and Chrissy Allwood to set up an intriguing semi-final against 2018 Masters finalist Rebecca Kenna.
Chasing her first career win against the three-time world champion, it was Kenna who started confidently to take a 3-1 lead, before Ng hit back with breaks of 57 and a tournament high 100 to force a deciding frame. Keighley’s Kenna would again seize the initiative in the final frame, but incredibly it would be 31-year-old Ng – having successfully obtained three snookers on the colours – who would prevail to secure her place in a fourth Masters final.
Awaiting her in the title match was six-time champion Reanne Evans, who similarly made smooth progress to the last four with victories against 16-year-old Miina Tani from Japan and seventh ranked Laura Evans, before coming up against a determined Maria Catalano for a place in the final. Having taken the opening two frames, world number five Catalano had chances to lead 3-0 and 3-1, but it was the world number one who would ultimately finish the stronger to maintain her eight-year final streak at the tournament since its inception in 2013.
The denouement itself was to prove no less dramatic, as having seen Ng claim the opener, Evans added the next three to move to within a frame of her seventh Masters crown and her second ranking event title of the season.
World number two Ng, however, would once again prove to have the last word, as breaks of 49, 30 and 48 in the final three frames saw her turn the tables to claim a 4-3 win and the title of Eden Masters champion for the first time since 2017.
The win ensures that she will consolidate her position of second place in the world rankings in the world rankings behind Evans and represents the 16th ranking event title of her career on the WWS Tour.
Alongside the main tournament there were also victories for Steph Daughtery, Mary Talbot-Deegan and Harriet Haynes in the side-tournaments held throughout the weekend.
For Daughtery there was a second Under-21 crown of the season following victory against 15-year-old Zoe Killington, who was competing in her first junior final. Runner-up in the event in 2018, by going one better at Frames, Daughtery further consolidates her position at the head of the Under-21 rankings.
A former winner of Under-21 and plate competitions, Mary Talbot-Deegan secured her first Seniors title following a 2-0 success against 2019 winner Jenny Poulter. The success represents her first WWS title in over 25 years at the 1996 Ladies Classic.
The Challenge Cup tournament was won by Harriet Haynes, who defeated Under-21 champion Daughtery to claim her maiden title on the WWS Tour. The win follows her run to the final of the same tournament in 2019 as a Tour debutant.
World Women’s Snooker would like to thank our title sponsors Eden Resources for their continued support, as well as our host venue Frames Sports Bar and owner Tony Thompson and his team, without whom the staging of this fantastic event would not have been possible.
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