2023 British Open Champion
13 (November 2023)
China’s Bai Yulu announced herself on the world stage in 2023 as she reached the final of the World Women’s Snooker Championship on debut.
The talented 19-year-old impressed from the outset on her Tour debut in Thailand, victories against defending champion Mink Nutcharut, Indian World Cup winner Amee Kamani, former world number one Maria Catalano and most notably, 12-time world champion Reanne Evans, taking her into the final at the Hi-End Snooker Club.
Awaiting her in the title match would be Thailand’s Baipat Siripaporn and it was Bai who made the stronger start to lead 2-0 in the best of 11 final. Although it was ultimate Siripaporn who would prevail to win 6-3, Bai had impressed onlookers and a place inside the top 40 of the world rankings immediately.
It would not be long before Bai would claim her first ranking title, as she defeated Reanne Evans 4-3 to win the British Open at the Landywood Snooker Club in May 2023.
Competing in the UK for the first time, the youngster notably overcame three-time world champion Ng On Yee and Asia-Pacific Champion Ploychompoo Laokiatphong on her way to the final, before surviving a tense decider to overcome all-time great Evans and lift the title.