Hong Kong snooker star Ng On-yee defies hectic schedule with Asian Championship win

The world champion battles through in India to keep the trophies coming with fourth title in less than four weeks

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 April, 2017, 8:56pm
UPDATED : Friday, 14 April, 2017, 9:21pm

Snooker queen Ng On-yee overcame a demanding schedule to collect her fourth major title in less than four weeks after clinching the inaugural Asian Championship in India on Friday.

After three world titles, Ng added a regional championship after narrowly defeating Waratthanun Sukrittanes of Thailand 3-2 in the Chandigarh final.

“It’s a dream after finishing all these tournaments with such a good result,” said Ng after her victory.

Ng and Sukrittanes also met in the World Championship in Singapore last month when the Hong Kong player won 4-3 in the quarter-finals before going all the way through to lift the trophy.

Ng then captured two more titles at the highest level in the World Festival of Women’s Snooker in Leeds, England last week when she won both the Six Red and 10 Red.

The 26-year-old said it was not easy to cope with the hectic schedule even though coach Alan Wong said before their departure to India they dedicated specific training to boost her fitness so she could stay fresh for a series of international events.

“Indeed, I had to fly 24 hours from Leeds to India including stopover time and started immediately in the group stage,” added Ng. “Fortunately it was a best-of-three format in the group stage before I started in the knockout stage.”

She started the final in India with a break of 49 to take the first frame 72-40 but her Thai opponent then went into the lead by winning the next two frames.

However, Ng stayed calm to level at 2-all before clinching the title with a 58-30 win in the decider.

“I faced the same Indian player in the semi-final whom I beat in the World Championship final and the Thai player was neither easy to handle in the title decider as she had made the highest break of 73 in the tournament,” Ng said.

“I am very happy that I could hang in there and returned with fantastic results from England and India.

“My parents have already promised me a big meal when I return to Hong Kong before I can take a good break.”