Hong Kong snooker ace Ng On-yee fails in historic bid to qualify for men’s world championship

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 April, 2016, 11:29am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 April, 2016, 11:29am

Ng On-yee’s bid to become the first woman to reach the men’s world snooker championship came to a disappointing end on Thursday when she lost 10-1 to Peter Lines of England in qualifying.

The 25-year-old Hong Kong player has been playing the sport since she was 13 and has even given up her studies to concentrate on her snooker career.

But 46-year-old Lines was too strong and he swept to victory in the first-round qualifier.

World number 69 Lines built a 9-0 lead in the first session on Wednesday with top breaks of 60, 76, 142, 52 and 69.

The current Hong Kong sports star of the year avoided a whitewash by taking the first frame on Thursday but Lines secured victory in the next to set up a meeting with Michael Holt, who beat Michael Wild 10-6.

Ng was in good company by falling at the first hurdle as six-time runner-up Jimmy White lost 10-9 to world number 65 Gerard Greene.

White, 53, last made the world championships in 2006.

On Wednesday, Ng failed to defend her women’s singles world title gainst the woman she beat in last year’s final. Ng went down 6-4 to England’s Reanne Evans, who claimed her 11th world crown in the showdown in Leeds.