Thailand has claimed a home victory at the inaugural Women’s Snooker World Cup following a dominant performance by Waratthanun Sukritthanes and Baipat Siripaporn at the Hi-End Snooker Club in Bangkok.
The pair, who made up Thailand’s A team in the competition began the day with a 4-0 success against compatriots Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Ploychompoo Laokiatphong, representing Thailand B to book their places in the final.
There they would face Hong Kong A, led by reigning world champion Ng On Yee and Ho Yee Ki, who overcame English duo Reanne Evans and Rebecca Kenna 4-2 in their semi-final earlier in the day.
What had appeared to be a close final in prospect however would prove to be a one-sided affair, breaks of 70, 48 and 50 by Thailand enough to propel them the team into a 3-0 lead, before Siripaporn clinched the fourth and ultimately final frame on the black to confirm victory.
The victory is the first success for either player in a major World Women’s Snooker ranking event and the first for Thailand as a nation in WWS competition.
There was a consolation prize for Hong Kong as the B-team of Jaique Ip Wan Ip and So Man Yan defeated Thai duo Panchaya Channoi and Thitaporn Nakkaew 2-0 to win the Challenge Cup side-event for teams who did not qualify for the knockout stages of the main event.
The event continues tomorrow in Thailand with the start of the 2019 World Women’s Snooker Championship, with 53 players set to battle it out for the most prestigious title in women’s snooker. View the draw for the event HERE.
Results (knockout rounds only)
Thailand A 4-0 Hong Kong A
Thailand A 4-0 Thailand B
Hong Kong A 4-2 England A
Thailand A 4-2 India A
Thailand B 4-1 Australia B
England A 4-1 Rest of the World
Hong Kong A 4-1 England B