Thailand’s 23-year-old Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan won the World Women’s Snooker Championship, held at the Hi-end Snooker Club on Saturday night, by defeating her Chinese rival Bai Yulu 6 frames to 3.
Competing under best of 11 frames rule, the Chinese playerwon 3-2 in the first session, but lost in the second session,when Siripaporn displayed superb form by winning four frames in a row to clinch the crown.
Siripaporn became the second Thai woman to win the Women’s Snooker Championship, after Mink Saraburi who was the champion last year. She defeated Mink in the semi-finals to win the ticket to meet Bai Yulu in the final.
In the same tournament, Ploy Khon Kaen won the second prize in the 21-year-old category, after she was beaten by Indian champion Anupama Ramachandran. Am Nakhon Pathom was defeated by Indian champion Amee Kamani in the Snooker Challenge Championship.
The victory has given Siripaporn a ticket to join other Thai professional players competing on the professional snooker circuit for two years. Among them are F Nakhon Nayok, Moo Paknam, Jack Saraburi and Mink Saraburi.
Siripaporn received a cash prize of £8,000 (~฿331,000).
The World Male Snooker Championship was won byEnglishman Ronnie O’Sullivan, who received £500,000 (~฿20.7m).