World Women’s Championship 2024 Dubbed Best Yet…

World Women’s Championship 2024 Dubbed Best Yet…

BAI’S WIN IN CHINA COULD INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF CHINESE WOMEN AND GIRLS TO PICK UP A CUE…

CHINA’S BAI YULU has scooped the 2024 World Women’s Championship for the first time – and making the highest break of the tournament – a 122 helping to make it a record year for the World Women’s Snooker Championship for tons.

The 20-year-old saw off 24-year-old Mink Nutcharut in the final in a thrilling decider which went down to the colours.

It was heartache for Nutcharut, but elation for Bai as she managed to reach back-to-back finals and last year in Thailand she knocked in a 127 – which is the highest break of the World Women’s Championship so far.

A record six centuries were knocked in by three players, with the 12-times World Champion Reanne Evans making two, and Mink Nutcharut knocking in one. Bai had the most with three centuries.

The WWS Championship was LIVE STREAMED on the WPBSA Youtube channel.

Writer/Journalist Chris Gaynor has promoted both the WDBS and WWS on this website. and in the local paper.

Evans was on course potentially for a 13th World title, until she met Bai in the semi-finals and was 3 – 2 up before potting a black and going in off with the white and Bai then won the match from there.

Fans of the sport said it was good to see the women snooker players play in a venue rather than a snooker club.

The Dongguan Province of China hosted the event, as Bai’s win will inspire a generation of players from the country to potentially pick up a cue and play the sport.

QUICK BACKGROUND OF DONGGUAN – CHINA…

WIKIPEDIA states Dongguan is dubbed as a “National Basketball City” and is the only prefecture-level city with three professional basketball clubs in China. Established in 1993, the Guangdong Southern Tigers are the first professional basketball club in China, and won eleven Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championships

Dongguan has hosted Weightlifting events during the 2010 Asian Games at the Dongguan Arena.[34]

The city and province have been the recent focus of press and journalist attention with coverage of the many young Chinese workers, principally females (so-called factory girls), from agricultural areas who work in the area’s factories and manufacturing/assembly facilities, where many are housed in large dormitories, usually several to a room.[38]

An article in the High Tech Misery in China series reports research conducted, over 2008 to 2009, on working conditions at one of the city’s major keyboard makers (Dongguan Meitai Plastics & Electronics Factory); in it, Meitai factory won some unwanted attention due to the poor conditions for its young, mostly female workers. The article[39] includes details of those conditions, photos, translations of employer’s rules and evidence that well-known computer brands use this keyboard supplier’s products.

Snooker has become engrained in China’s DNA since the Chinese superstar Ding Junhui entered the scene back in the 2000’s.

However, Ding has yet to win a World title on the main tour World Snooker Championship but has reached a final where he lost to Mark Selby in 2016 – and was the first Asian to reach the final.

BACK TO THE WOMEN…

TESSA DAVIDSON, whom along with many other women players interviewed from this writer/journalist, scooped the Seniors title – for the second time – against another Chinese player Han Fang and Bai also scooped the double in claiming the Under-21s event as well.

The event saw 46 entries  – down from last year’s 56 entries for the Thailand event.

Congratulations to EVERYONE who competed in the event in the 2024 edition.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!