2023 Eden Masters Winner
6 (November 2023)
England’s Mary Talbot-Deegan achieved a lifetime ambition as she became a world ranking event winner at the 2023 Eden Women’s Masters in London.
Coming 29 years after her Tour debut, the victory saw the 43-year-old progress from her round-robin group before scoring victories against Sophie Nix, Tessa Davidson, Sarah Dunn and finally Jamie Hunter 4-3 to take the title.
The victory completed a weekend to remember as she also scored her highest-ever Tour break of 84 during her semi-final success, while her title also saw her achieve the unique distinction of becoming the first player ever to have won WWS titles at main, Under-21, Seniors and Challenge Cup levels.
Her best performance prior to her title success came at the 2022 US Open when she reached the semi-finals, before losing out 4-1 to Hunter.
At the 2021 Eden Women’s Masters, Mary defeated Jenny Poulter 2-0 to win her first Seniors competition and just over a year later she became World Women’s Seniors champion for the first time in Thailand, following a 3-1 victory against India’s Vidya Pillai.
Mary initially competed on the tour for an eight-year spell from 1994-2002, reaching the quarter-final stages of seven ranking events, including the 1997 World Championship.
She returned to the World Women’s Snooker Tour at the 2021 UK Women’s Championship following a 19-year absence, notably reaching the final of the English Women’s Open, prior to her full return to the WWS circuit at the UK Championship.
The 2021/22 season also saw her finish top of the EPSB English Women’s Tour rankings, winning two events and reaching a further three finals.