Pro On Yee Claims 2022 Winchester Open as Crucible 2022 Approaches…
World Snooker Tour female professional Ng On Yee scooped the 2022 Winchester Open, the finale of the season for the World Women’s Snooker tour.
On Yee contested the final of the event, held at the Winchester in Leicester, and defeated new addition to the World Snooker Tour Nutcharut Wongharuthai 4 – 0.
That’s her second title on the women’s tour as she scooped the Eden Women’s Masters.
On Yee said on Facebook: “Definitely a booster for my coming World Championship qualifier next week and looking forward.”
All eyes will now be on Sheffield as the business end of the season comes to a climax with the World Championship qualifiers and the main event at the Crucible.
It was a busy weekend of amateur action, as well as the final ranking event in the professional season before the World Championship qualifiers begin in earnest today at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, as 16 will qualify to face the top 16 seeds at the Crucible in a couple of weeks time.
Neil Robertson pipped John Higgins in an epic comeback in Llandudno after being 8 – 3 down to scoop the Cazoo Tour Championship title.
Higgins, 46, has appeared in six finals this season and only converted one when he won the Championship League earleir this year.
The roll of honour for the pro season so far…
- David Gilbert won the Championship League his first ranking title back at the start
- Mark Williams scooped the inaugural British Open back in summer last year.
- Mark Allen came through as a popular home favourite in Belfast to scoop the Northern Ireland Open.
- Neil Robertson claimed his first title of the season at the English Open, hosted at the familar venue since the pandemic, the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
- Judd Trump, who’s had a “quiet season” in comparison to his last two claimed the Champion of Champions back in November. Automatic qualification for the 2022 edition!
- The Belgian Bullet Luca Brecel lifted his second ranking title in Wales, (ironically at the Scottish Open.
- The Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan put his name onto some silverware in the World Grand Prix just before Christmas.
- China’s Zhao Xintong was the unlikely winner of the UK Championship, but played superbly well to do a Ronnie O’Sullivan and claim his first ranking title as a big major! O’Sullivan competed a similar feat in 1993, winning the UK as his first ranking title. He also played well to win the German Masters!
- It was familiar territory back at the Masters in January 2022 as the Alexandra Palace was back on the radar and Neil Robertson came through to scoop a second Masters.
- Iran’s Hossein Vafaei won his first ranking title in the controversial but fast and furious one frame Shootout against Mark Williams in the final with a terrific break to lift the title.
- Again, Neil Robertson played some of his best snooker to lift the Players Championship, the second in the Cazoo Series.
- Another unexpected winner was Fan Zhengyl of China, who went onto win the European Masters, which was played again in Milton Keynes due to the problems with the pandemic globally.
- Fans then witnessed the Gentleman Joe Perry come through a tough field to lift his second, and what he called his best win lifting the Ray Reardon trophy at the Welsh Open.
- Judd Trump finally got himself on the ranking podium as he cruised through to the claim the inaugural Turkish Masters in Antalya, also famous for where “peace talks” were going on to try and stop the terrible war in Ukraine.
- The Rock saw another unlikely breakthrough for the Milkman Robert Milkins – despite being in the news for all the wrong reasons in Turkey, he made amends for his mistakes and claimed the Gibraltar Open.
And finally, Robertson secured two of the Cazoo Series titles by lifting the Tour Championship, with what is a very good season for him and he goes into the 2022 Betfred World Snooker Championship as one of the hot favourites to lift a second World title.
John Higgins, who has been in six finals, is hot on his tails, as is the enduring Ronnie O’Sullivan.