Ladies Snooker - 2016 IBSF World Ladies 6 Reds and Team Snooker Championship
20th-30th July 2016 / Pyramisa Resorts and Hotel, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt
NUANTHAKHAMJAN AGAIN / HONG KONG TEAM GLORY
Asian cueists dominated the female divisions in the recent IBSF World 6 Reds and Team Snooker Championships held in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Thai teenager Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan regained the 6 Reds title she won at the same venue in 2014.
26 players from 8 different countries across 4 continents began the event.
Siripaporn, who also won the IBSF Girls World Under 21's in Romania last year, qualified top from Group E with 3 wins out of 3. In the Knock-Out stages she then went on to beat Tatiana Istomina (Russia) 3-0, Anastasia Nechaeva (Russia) 4-2 and Amee Kamani (India) 4-0 in the Last 16, Quarters and Semi-Finals respectively.
Meeting her in the final was Vidya Pillai - 2015's beaten finalist. The Indian extracted some revenge on route to the championship showdown with a 4-2 Quarter-Final success over defending champion Ng On Yee (Hong Kong). The 39 year old then denied an all-Thai meeting after eliminating Waratthanun Sukritthanes 4-2 in the Last 4.
However, unfortunately for Vidya, she would have to settle for a silver medal finish again as Nuanthakhamjan ran out a relatively comfortable 4-0 victor in the Final.
Nechaeva constructed the tournament's highest break with an effort of 56.
Hong Kong pairing of On Yee and Ka Kai Wan took the team honours (played to the traditional 15 Reds) with a tense 4-3 Final victory over India (Kamani & Pillai).
Hong Kong held their nerve throughout the competition with a number of narrow finishes.
They qualified in 2nd from Group B with 3 wins out of 5 before ousting past Australian duo of Jessica Woods and Theresa Whitten 3-2 in the Quarter-Finals.
Varsha Sanjeev and Arantxa Sanchis of the Indian Second Team were then also nudged out 3-2 in the Semi-Finals.
Kamani and Pillai emerged 2nd from Group A before beating Russia(2) 3-1 in the Quarters, and the defending champions Thailand 3-0 in the Last 4 - Nuanthakhamjan and Sukritthanes had a 100% record from the Round Robins.
On Yee registered a string of runs throughout the event; her best being a 92.
For more information, and the full results, please visit the International Billiards and Snooker Federation's website here.
Picture Credits - The IBSF
Written and published by Michael Day on the 2nd August 2016