‘Primary’ student Ng On-yee still has a lot to learn against the men
Hong Kong’s queen of the baize might have won multiple world titles, but she still lags far behind the world’s best men’s players, which is something she hopes to rectify
Multiple world champion Ng On-yee is a master of the women’s game but when it comes to playing against the men, she considers herself only a “primary” student with a lot to learn.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a “dream” month starting from March, which started by regaining her title at the World Championship in Singapore, followed by the six red and ten red world titles in England before clinching the inaugural Asian Championship in India.
In between, she was invited to take part in the men’s World Championship but was defeated by Nigel Bond 10-1 in her opening round match in the qualifiers, the same fate she suffered in 2016. She also lost in the women’s pair and mixed pair world event in England.
“I was so happy to overcome such a hectic schedule and win all these titles but it also leaves me with plenty of room for improvement, ” said Ng, who will be leaving for England next month along with Cheung Ka-wai to start in the “q” school in order to gain access to the men’s professional tour.
“I still find it difficult to cope with the pressure especially in the big games like the world championship qualifiers and I must tackle this problem before I can raise my game to another level. That’s also why I call myself a snooker primary student. I know there will be a top-class invitation tournament in Hong Kong this summer to celebrate the reunification and the World Games and hopefully I can get the opportunity to play and improve my skills.”
As women’s world champion, Ng will probably be invited again next year for the qualifiers in the men’s but she might have to lower her expectations.
“I thought I might have a better result this time after losing big in 2016 but in the end it was exactly the same scoreline,” she said. “I won’t set any target for next year if I receive the same opportunity again. Indeed, I have learned from these trips that I should not be putting myself under any pressure and just play the simple game – pot each ball when it comes.”
She also wished men’s counterpart Marco Fu Ka-chun good luck as the Hong Kong star starts his second round World Championship against former world champion Neil Robertson of Australia on Sunday.
“Fu showed a massive comeback when he won his opening round game 10-9 which is not easy in snooker,” she said. “He is getting better and better these days especially after becoming a father. I hope he can go all the way and achieve some good results this year.”