Bonney targets perfect 10 after landing another world title

Emma Bonney receives her prize from association vice chairman Clive Scott
Emma Bonney receives her prize from association vice chairman Clive Scott
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EMMA BONNEY secured her seventh world title and then targeted three more before she hits 40.

The 36-year-old from Portsmouth won all her matches on her way to lifting the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association billiards crown.

She proved once again she is the three-ball master with a dominant display at Cambridge Snooker Centre on Monday.

And Bonney’s rivals have now been warned there will be no easing up despite the trophy cabinet creaking under the weight of so many world titles.

‘My goal now is to get to 10 titles by the time I’m 40,’ said Bonney.

‘It’s nice being a seven-time world champion.

‘I definitely achieved what I wanted to achieve in the billiards.’

Bonney made several breaks in the 30s as she crushed her opponents in the round-robin group stage.

Three wins from three took her into the final where she met home favourite Eva Palmius.

It meant contending not just with her opponent but also some unhelpful noise from the audience.

Bonney was able to block that out as she went on to claim a comprehensive 329-207 win.

‘There was a disturbance in the crowd,’ said Bonney.

‘One of Eva’s supporters was asked to leave the area.

‘I did well to focus – I was happy with the way I played and my concentration.

‘It was fairly level for the first 60 points or so but I got ahead and didn’t feel too nervous.’

Bonney was also in action in the snooker as she attempted to claim a double success.

But her bid in that competition was ended at the quarter-final stage.

She was beaten 3-0 by Ng On Yee on Sunday.

That came after she finished second in her round-robin group on Saturday and then beat Palmius the next day in the preliminary knockout stage.

It was disappointing to fall in the last eight and Bonney will be aiming to regroup for next year and make a stronger assault on the double.

She intends to play more tournaments in the run-up to the world championships.

Bonney said: ‘I was disappointed to lose in the quarter-finals.

‘I only competed in two events last season so was lacking a bit of match time.

‘Hopefully next season I will travel to five tournaments before I play the worlds.

‘It does help if you get the tournaments under your belt.

‘I didn’t play my best. Most of the years I have finished top of the group but this time I was second.

‘I played well against Eva but in the quarter-finals my opponent played quite well.

‘She made 58 in the first frame but the second and third frames were quite close.’

The snooker title went to Reanne Evans who compiled two century breaks on her way to a record ninth title in succession.

She beat world number one Maria Catalano 6-3 in the final.

Hong Kong duo On Yee and So Man Yan won the pairs title.