Ng On-yee reaches main draw of World Championship with minimum of fuss

Hong Kong star wins all three of her pool games in Singapore to remain undefeated as she seeks a second world title after her historic victory in 2015

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 March, 2017, 8:34pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 March, 2017, 10:47pm

Ng On-yee sounded an ominous warning to her rivals after the Hong Kong star cruised into the World Championship knockout stage in Singapore with the minimum of fuss on Wednesday.

Two years after making headlines by lifting the world title in a Hong Kong first, the 26-year-old Ng must be feeling confident of a second title after winning all three of her pool games to remain undefeated.

The 2015 world champion ended the day with an unblemished record with three straight wins, including a 4-1 victory over India’s Chitra Magimairaj, champion of the seniors competition at the 2016 World Championship, on Wednesday.

Ranked number two in the world, Ng also beat Singaporean number one Charlene Chai (4-1) and Ireland’s Ronda Sheldreck (5-0) in the same stage.

Two years ago, Ng became the first world champion from Asia when she beat England’s Emma Bonney 6-2 in the final. She stunned then ten-time world champion Reanne Evans of England in the semis.

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Evans, who defeated Ng in the final last year to reclaim her world title, remains Ng’s biggest threat in Singapore. The world number one also showed glimpses of brilliances with three wins in the pool stage without dropping a single frame.

Ng said before the tournament, “It’s an interesting and exciting competition this time because it’s rare to see many new and young faces from Asia. I’m sure all of us are going into it with enthusiasm because we want to do well here, especially since the event is being held in Asia for the first time.”

Players from 10 different countries, including a mix of newcomers and familiar faces, are competing for the most prestigious prize in the women’s snooker.

It is the first time the entire competition, which began in 1976, is being held outside of Britain. India twice hosted the tournament from the quarter-finals onwards in the 1990s.