Bonney sets sights on world championship double

Emma Bonney. Picture:Steve Reid (120321-558)

Emma Bonney. Picture:Steve Reid (120321-558)

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EMMA BONNEY is going in search of more world glory as she prepares for a gruelling weekend of action in Cambridge.

The Portsmouth ace starts off her bid to land the World Ladies’ Billiards & Snooker Association’s World Snooker title on Saturday.

If all goes to plan and she makes it through the round-robin groups, she will then be in action in the knock-out stages on Sunday.

The final of the snooker – the showpiece event of the weekend – is then played on Monday.

But Bonney will also be gunning for the world’s billiards crown – with this played on the same day as the snooker final.

It means there is the prospect of going all the way in the billiards and then having to switch sports for a second final in a day.

But the six-time world billiards champion will knuckle down and make the best of the schedule.

Bonney said: ‘It is even more packed in than usual, this year – which is not ideal.

‘I hope to do well in both, which means I would end up playing non-stop all day on the Monday.

‘It’s a bit too much, really, but it is certainly my idea to try and win both.

‘I used to find doing both tricky but now I am a bit more able to switch between the two.

‘It is on the same table, with the same cue for both sports.’

The snooker competition is likely to be very hard-fought, with eight-time champion Reanne Evans heading an entry list packed full off international class.

World number one Maria Catalano is another star performer to watch out for at Cambridge Snooker Centre.

She is desperately seeking a first world crown.

Neither Evans or Catalano will be doubling up.

But Bonney, who plays for Craneswater in the Portsmouth Snooker League, could come up against India’s Chitra Magimairaj in both competitions.

There’s nothing to fear for Bonney, though, as she has the experience of so many titles.

‘I have beaten all the contestants before, so it is just about going there and performing,’ she said.

‘I have won the billiards a few times – getting through the round-robin is the tricky bit as the matches can be short.’

Bonney made it to the final of a recent snooker warm-up tournament in Woking.

She went down 3-0 to Catalano in the final but that came after an impressive 3-0 win over highly-rated Hong Kong cueist Yu Ching Ching in the semi-finals.

It was a rare outing for Bonney outside of the local snooker scene, with finances and a lack of competitions making it tough.

Bonney added: ‘It was the first tournament I went to since the last world championships.

‘I had a bit of a break from it but I came back and played quite well up there and lost in the final.

‘A couple of my breaks were alright.

‘Financially, it is difficult to travel to these events and there aren’t many competitions on. There’s not really any money in it.

‘I play now just for the love of the game, really.’

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