Gracious Bonney is denied world snooker title

Ladies' World Snooker Championship runner-up Emma Bonney
Ladies' World Snooker Championship runner-up Emma Bonney
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Emma Bonney was gracious in defeat as she saw her WLBSA world snooker title dreams cruelly dashed by Hong Kong’s Zoe Ng On Yee at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds tonight.

Portsmouth cueist Bonney – a nine-time world billiards champion – made an impressive start to the eagerly-anticipated final, taking a 2-0 lead to raise hopes of a maiden title in the longer format.

But Ng On Yee – who defeated 10-time winner and tournament favourite Reanne Evans at the semi-final stage – won the next three frames to take a 3-2 lead at the interval.

Ng On Yee continued her run by taking the next to open a two-frame advantage.

Bonney, a three-ball master, used her knowledge to try to gain a tactical advantage.

There were some protracted safety battles but, ultimately, it was 24-year-old Ng On Yee who proved to be the more consistent, running out a 6-2 winner and taking the title overseas for the first time.

Despite her obvious disappointment at losing, humble 38-year-old Bonney was delighted to have reached the final.

Indeed, her achievement in being crowned runner-up in ladies’ snooker’s most prestigious event for a second time was made all the more remarkable by the fact that it was her first competitive action of the season.

‘I am really pleased to have got to the final,’ said Bonney.

‘I hope I manage to win the title one day – this is the second time I’ve been in the final.

‘But On Yee played really well and she’s a worthy champion.

‘I’d like to thank my boyfriend Nigel who has been such a huge support all year.’