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Reanne’s Joy Of Six

 Reanne Evans

Reanne Evans has again raised the bar in women’s snooker by winning the world title for a record sixth year running.

The undisputed world number one racked up six breaks of more than 40 in a 5-1 demolition of good friend Maria Catalano in the final at Cambridge Snooker Centre.

In a blistering display of break building, after losing the first frame, Evans compiled runs of 56, 45, 69, 52, 45 and 62.

It is now 61 matches since the 24-year-old mother-of-one, from Dudley, West Midlands, last tasted defeat on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association circuit.

This season she has won all six ranking events and the Wytech Masters.

She collected £1,000, courtesy of sponsor Paul Wood, for clinching her 23rd ranking title.

“It’s the most I’ve ever won for winning a tournament,” said Evans. “It’s brilliant. Doing the clean sweep has put the icing on the cake.

“It’s going to take some beating by whoever comes up in the future. Hopefully, I’ve set the bar high enough.

“In the first frame I was all over the place. I knew I was cueing well so I calmed down a bit and it worked.

“Maria’s playing better and cueing a lot sweeter but she missed a couple to let me in.

“That’s what you get from playing men. You get punished all day long so you learn from that. You don’t want to keep picking balls out so you try and punish them when they miss.”

Evans believes the top of the women’s game is now like that, with players such as Catalano, June Banks, Katie Henrick and Emma Bonney.

And she picked out ten-year-old rising star Jasmine Bolsover as the possible heir to her throne.

“Jasmine looks brilliant. She’s probably going to be the one to take over. And, obviously, you’ve got Hannah (Jones) as well. I’ll walk before she starts making 50s,” she laughed.

In the semi-finals, world number four Henrick, 29, came close to finally breaking Evans’ remarkable run.

However, Evans fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down, and wrapped up the decider with a 78.

“She played really well,” said Evans. “In the first three frames, I didn’t really see a ball. It was the best I’ve seen her play.”

Despite the Henrick onslaught, Evans insisted defeat never crossed her mind.

“You’ve still got to believe you can win,” she said. “You’ve got more confidence than anyone else but there’s also more pressure on you.

“Everybody wants you to lose; they’re all trying their hardest to beat you. You’ve just got to maintain that standard.”

The newly crowned champion is planning to spend the prize money on a holiday in Ibiza with three-year-old daughter Lauren.

KNOCKOUT (breaks)

LAST-16: Reanne Evans (53) beat Natascha Niermann 3-0, Chitra Magimairaj beat Jenny Poulter 3-0, Katie Henrick (67) beat Tatjana Vasiljeva (37) 3-1, June Banks beat Pam Wood 3-0, Emma Bonney (44) beat Jasmine Bolsover 3-0, Yu Ching Ching beat Chris Sharpe 3-1, Suzie Opacic beat Eva Palmius 3-2, Maria Catalano (48) beat Hannah Jones 3-0.

QUARTER-FINALS (£150): Evans beat Magimairaj 4-0, Henrick beat Banks 4-3, Bonney beat Yu 4-1, Catalano (61, 56, 37, 36, 31) beat Opacic 4-1.

SEMI-FINALS (£250): Evans (78) beat Henrick (49, 42) 4-3, Catalano (37, 32) beat Bonney (35) 4-2.

FINAL (£1,000/£500): Evans beat Catalano 5-1.

Frame scores, Evans first: 6-67, 101(56, 45)-6, 74(69)-24, 70(52)-32, 70(45)-51, 95(62)-27.

Referee: Vic Hartley.

PLATE

TATJANA Vasiljeva, Latvia’s number one woman player, clinched the Plate trophy at her first WLBSA world championships.

Vasiljeva, 26, who is coached twice a year by Terry Griffiths in Wales, defeated Vicky Ashby 2-0 in the final.

“He’s a great coach,” she said. “I like Britain so much.”

RESULTS (breaks):

ROUND 1: Marianne Williams beat Maureen Rowland 2-0, Martina Lumsden beat Jan Hughes 2-0, Gaye Jones beat Naomi Clare 2-0, Vicky Ashby beat Joanne Davies 2-1, Jaique Ip Wan In beat Tina Owen-Sevilton 2-1.

ROUND 2: Lumsden beat Natascha Niermann 2-0, Williams beat Hannah Jones 2-1, Ashby beat Jenny Poulter 2-0, Chris Sharpe beat Gaye Jones 2-0, Ip Wan In beat Pam Wood 2-0, Jasmine Bolsover beat Laura Alves 2-1.

QUARTER-FINALS: Ip Wan In beat Williams 2-1, Tatjana Vasiljeva beat Martina Lumsden 2-1, Ashby beat Bolsover 2-0, Sharpe beat Palmius 2-0.

SEMI-FINALS: Vasiljeva beat Ip Wan In 2-0, Ashby beat Sharpe 2-0.

FINAL: Vasiljeva beat Ashby 2-0.

JUNIORS

PRE-tournament favourite Hannah Jones lived up to her billing by claiming the World Ladies Junior title for the third year running. 

The Derby schoolgirl, 13, defeated ten-year-old Jasmine Bolsover, from Woking, 2-0 in the final.

Jones said: “I was very pleased to win it. Before the match, I thought Jasmine was going to win because her potting was amazing.

“I played at a level higher because I was determined to win.”

RESULTS

ROUND-ROBIN: Hannah Jones beat Jasmine Bolsover 2-0, Joanne Davies beat Naomi Clare 2-1, Jones beat Davies 2-0, Bolsover beat Clare 2-0, Bolsover beat Davies 2-1, Jones beat Clare 2-0.

FINAL: Jones beat Bolsover 2-0.

SENIORS (aged 40 and over)

JUNE Banks, making her first appearance on the WLBSA circuit this season due to work commitments, defeated Eva Palmius 3-1 to retain the World Ladies Seniors title.

Banks, 41, from Orpington, Kent, who had slipped to 14th in the rankings, climbs three places to 11th.

RESULTS

PRELIMS: Jan Hughes beat Laura Alves 3-0, Pam Wood beat Maureen Rowland 3-1.

QUARTER-FINALS: Hughes beat Wood 3-2, June Banks beat Marianne Williams 3-1, Chris Sharpe beat Jenny Poulter 3-1, Eva Palmius beat Gaye Jones 3-0.

SEMI-FINALS: Banks beat Hughes 3-0, Palmius beat Sharpe 3-2.

FINAL: Banks beat Palmius 3-1.

MIXED DOUBLES

TATJANA Vasiljeva insisted world No 12 Joe Perry is “the best” after the pair claimed the Mixed Doubles trophy.

Vasiljeva and Perry edged past Pam Wood and Martin Gould 3-2 in a high-scoring final.

Leading 2-1 and on a break of 67, world No 46 Gould, who had compiled a 105 in the first frame, missed a long red for the match.

Perry replied with a 68 clearance to win by one point on the black - and he wrapped up the decider with a 62. 

“We dodged a couple of bullets but we won the last one nice and easy,” said Perry.

“We thought it was all over. Then you get a chance so you just try and grab it with both hands. I felt really relaxed and just knocked them in. You don’t think too much about it; you just do what you’ve got to do.”

Vasiljeva said: “I had huge pressure after the first frame when I made a bad safety shot and (Gould) made a 105 break.”

And Perry, who vowed to return next year to defend the trophy, added: “The pressure for me is I don’t want to let Tatjana down.

“We’re worthy winners; we deserved it; we’re a good team.”

Wood and Gould knocked out defending champions Reanne Evans and Michael Holt in the last-four.

RESULTS (breaks)

QUARTER-FINALS: Pam Wood & Martin Gould (61, 55) beat Chris & Brian Sharpe 3-0, Tina Owen-Sevilton & Brian Harvey beat Natascha Niermann & Tim Dunkley 3-1.

SEMI-FINALS: Wood & Gould (67) beat Reanne Evans & Michael Holt 3-1, Tatjana Vasiljeva & Joe Perry (46) beat Owen-Sevilton & Harvey 3-0.

FINAL (£200/£100): Vasiljeva & Perry (68, 62) beat Wood & Gould (105, 42, 67) 3-2.

LADIES DOUBLES

BLUSHING bride Maureen Rowland capped her honeymoon by winning the World Ladies Doubles with Tatjana Vasiljeva.

Maureen Logan, as was, ‘ran away’ to Gretna Green with fiancé Dave Rowland, 55, two days before setting off for the women’s world snooker championships.

After being married in Gretna’s famous blacksmith’s shop, the lovebirds honeymooned at Cambridge Snooker Centre.

Rowland, 56, from Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, lost three stones prior to the wedding.

The 2-0 victory over Pam Wood and Laura Alves completed a hat-trick for Latvian Vasiljeva. The 26-year-old also won the Plate and the Mixed Doubles. 

RESULT

FINAL: Tatjana Vasiljeva & Maureen Rowland beat Pam Wood & Laura Alves 2-0.

12th April 2010, 16:31
 
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