22 October 2016
Hamburgers played a key role in world champion Ng On-yee's training when she was a teenager. Photo:
Hamburgers played a key role in world champion Ng On-yee's training when she was a teenager. Photo:

Hongkonger Ng On-yee new world female snooker champ

Ng On-yee has won the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association (WLBSA) championship, the first Hongkonger to capture the highest trophy in women’s snooker, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

“I wanted to show people that girls can be as good at the snooker table as men,” said Ng, 24.

She beat 10-time undefeated champion Reanne Evans of England in the semi-finals and Emma Bonney, also of England, in the final of the tournament, held in the English city of Leeds.

“I’m thrilled and excited and can’t go to sleep,” Ng said in an update to her Facebook status at 3 a.m. British time.

Her excitement is understandable, as winning the championship will not only make her name better known in world snooker circles but could also be a springboard for her to join the men’s competitions.

Ng said she is determined to replicate Evans’ success but is not yet setting her sights on joining the men’s competitions.

Evans was recently invited by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association to play in the men’s World Snooker Championship.

In the last two seasons, Ng was beaten by Evans in the singles and mixed-doubles categories and had to settle for the runner-up spot each year.

Hong Kong snooker star Marco Fu said Ng is capable of breaking into the men’s snooker scene.

Fu heaped praise on the hard-working Ng, who became a full-time athlete in 2009 and has been training three days a week at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

Ng’s father and trainer, Ng Yam-shui, a veteran snooker player, said hamburgers played an important role in her early training regime.

She started regular training at the age of 13 at her father’s snooker parlour in Shek Kip Mei.

“I had to lure her to practise difficult shots with a hamburger as the reward,” the champ’s father recalled.

Ng has been named an elite athlete in Hong Kong and makes a living from her prize money from competitions and a monthly subsidy of HK$25,000 from the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

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