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Ng On-yee

Ng On-yee eyes men’s snooker tour – coach Wayne Griffiths says it’s the best way to improve her skills

Hong Kong world’s champion narrowly fails to make it past England’s Daniel Womersley in the first event of qualifying school

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 9:18pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 9:18pm

Hong Kong’s Ng On-yee fought back from 3-1 down but narrowly failed to progress past her opening match in qualifying school for the main snooker tour. However, coach Wayne Griffiths said the women’s world champion’s participation in such tournaments is crucial to her development.

“We are very clear which areas of On-yee’s game needs to improve and attending these events is a chance to learn more and test herself in these key skills,” said Griffiths. “Playing in more men’s events will be part of an ongoing strategy for her development and world-class events such as Q School offer us a barometer against which her progress can be measured.”

Ng, a two-time world champion who is also world No 1, lost 4-3 to England’s Daniel Wormersley after being 3-1 down. She has two more events in which she can try to qualify for the main tour.

She is among 200 players, men and women, who are vying for 12 two-year spots on the main tour. The process is arduous and involves many matches. Ng reached the semi-finals in each of the three events last year.

“With over 200 entries consisting of top amateurs and former main tour players, it is probably the toughest event outside the professional tour,” said Griffiths.

“Despite the high standard, On-yee has been Hong Kong’s top performer for the last two years. Off the back of defending her world crown and retaining number one ladies ranking, she will obviously be looking forward to challenging herself against the best amateurs the men’s game has to offer – as well as some very useful ladies.

Hong Kong’s Andy Lee and Cheung Ka-wai are also taking part.