Ng On yee reacts to historic first win on the World Snooker Tour: ‘Finally!’

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Snooker player Ng On-yee competes in an exhibition game during Hong Kong Masters at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai.  23JUL17 SCMP / David Wong

Ng On-yee got her first win as a professional on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

Ng On-yee won her first game as a professional snooker player on Sunday, beating Wu Yize 4-2 in the qualifying round of the Welsh Open.

The three-time women’s world champion accepted a two-year tour card for the professional tour at the start of the season but has been limited on how many events she can play due to Covid and travel problems from Hong Kong.

After deciding frame defeats at the German Masters and Scottish Open she has now got over the line and picked up her first win, knocking in breaks of 84 and 82 on her way to the win over talented Chinese teenager Wu.

It was only her sixth game of the season, but she was glad that the wait for a win is over and is looking forward to taking on Ali Carter in the second round of the Welsh Open when the event heads to the main stage at Newport on 28 February.

‘Finally!! My first win in the professional tour,’ On yee wrote on Instagram.

‘Fallen a few times while leading couple frames and these experiences made me grow. ‘Will play Ali Carter next in the Welsh Open at the main venue.’

The 31-year-old very nearly won her first game on tour, leading Craig Steadman 4-2 in German Masters qualifying, but fell to a 5-4 defeat.

She admitted at the time that nerves got to her, telling Metro.co.uk: ‘I think I played better than I expected. Although I was a little bit disappointed, leading 4-2 with one more frame to win the first time, so yeah, a little disappointed.

‘In the match I had a good start, I thought I settled in well before the interval, I was 3-1 up. It came to 4-2 I started to feel nervous because I knew I was one frame away. I had a good chance in the 8th frame, 40 in front but then my heart started beating so fast and I started making many mistakes.

‘I just couldn’t get over the line. I think it’s all about playing enough to get myself more comfortable with the environment.

‘I actually had no expectation to start well after being away from overseas tournaments for more than a year because of Covid.

On yee will play the Welsh Open, Gibraltar Open and World Championship qualifiers over the rest of the season (Picture: ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

‘It’s my first real professional game on the main tour so I didn’t know what to expect. I just came to see how I would play.’

Former world number five Marco Fu, who practices with On yee in their native Hong Kong was thrilled to see her success, tweeting: ‘What a win sis, will be your first win of many.’

The 31-year-old has long been one of the finest female players on the planet, first winning the IBSF version of the Women’s World Championship in 2009 and going on to lift that title three times, while she was won the World Women’s Snooker Championship three times in 2015. ’17 and ’18.

Her victory in 2009 saw her become the youngest ever winner of the IBSF women’s title at just 19 years old.

She was beaten by eventual champion Nutcharut ‘Mink’ Wongharuthai at the quarter-final stage of this year’s Women’s World Championship earlier this month in Sheffield, but has clearly put that disappointment behind her with the impressive victory over Wu.

Nutcharut ‘Mink’ Wongharuthai

Nutcharut ‘Mink’ Wongharuthai  won her first women’s world title earleir this month (Picture: Andy Chubb/World Women’s Snooker)

On yee and Reanne Evans were awarded two-year tour cards at the start of the season and this is the first victory for either woman as they look to make an impact on the main tour.

Evans has also come very close, memorably losing out to former Masters champion Mark Allen in a deciding frame at the British Open, but is looking to build on this year’s experience next season.

Evans and On yee will be joined on the professional tour next season by new world champ Mink and another female player based on the world rankings and Reanne thinks there will be more wins to come.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk on Mink’s arrival on tour, Evans said: ‘I think like any new player on tour, she’s going to struggle. It’s a lot tougher than people think it is, even lower down.

‘You lose to someone and people are like, “Who’s that? I’ve never heard of them,” but they’re just so good and the top players are even better, then the elite players right at the top who are all on their own.

‘It’s all about experience, hopefully me and On yee can gain from this first year. Mink’s got good backing and good support so I think it’ll be really good for her.’


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