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Ng On-yee

Hong Kong’s Ng On-yee faces uphill battle to progress in world championship qualifier in Sheffield

Women’s world champion trailing 6-1 against veteran Nigel Bond overnight at the Crucible Theatre as Reanne Evans progresses

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2017, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 April, 2017, 5:09pm

Hong Kong’s Ng On-yee faces an uphill battle to progress past the first round of the qualifiers for world championship after trailing veteran Nigel Bond 6-1 overnight at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

The 26-year-old Ng lifted her second world title in March when she beat India’s Vidya Pillai in the final in Singapore, which led to an invite from the world governing body to compete against the men.

But Ng is in danger of a similar fate to last year when she lost 10-1 to Peter Lines on her debut in the qualifiers.

Ng beat Reanne Evans in the semi-finals in Singapore, but the 31-year-old Englishwoman rebounded quickly and secured a brilliant 10-8 victory over Robin Hull in the first round the qualifiers.

The 11-time women’s world champion weathered an early storm of heavy scoring from the Finnish world number 57 before launching a superb comeback to win four of the last five frames and is now just two wins from a place in the final stages.

“I would say that’s my best win,” Evans, who secured her first ever win in world championship qualifying, said.

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“Robin is an amazing player, a good break builder and solid. I just won the scrappy frames today and it helped me in the end. Winning in the way I did, I felt nervous, but I kept under control.

“If I can start scoring a bit heavier, you never know what could happen for the rest of the week.”

Evans advances to face Welsh world number 91 Lee Walker in the second round of qualifying.