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Reanne Evans

Reanne Evans English snooker player

English snooker player
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Intro English snooker player
Is Cue sports player Snooker player
From United Kingdom England
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 25 October 1985, Dudley, United Kingdom
Age: 34 years
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
The details
Biography

Reanne Evans (born 25 October 1985 in Dudley, West Midlands) is an English snooker player and the reigning World Women's Snooker Champion. She has won the women's world title a record 12 times, with 10 consecutive titles between 2005 and 2014 and further wins in 2016 and 2019. She is ranked number one on the World Women's Snooker Tour.

Evans received a wildcard to play on the main professional snooker tour during the 2010–11 season, but was unable to retain her place on the professional tour for subsequent seasons. In 2013, she qualified for the Wuxi Classic as an amateur competitor, becoming the first woman ever to reach the final stages of a ranking snooker tournament.

She received a wildcard to the qualifying rounds of the World Snooker Championship in 2015, and from 2017–19. Her best performance was reaching the second qualifying round in 2017 by defeating Robin Hull. This made her the first woman ever to win a World Championship match.

Women's Snooker

World Ladies Billiards and Snooker/World Women's Snooker

Evans won the WLBSA/World Women's Snooker title each year from 2005 to 2014, and again in 2016 and 2019. Her total of twelve championship titles is a record, ahead of Allison Fisher's seven.

At the age of 16 in 2002, Evans entered her first World Women's Snooker Championship and reached the semi-final, where she was defeated 0–4 by eventual champion Kelly Fisher. In the quarter-final, Evans had beaten third seed Lynette Horsburgh 4–3. She won her first ranking tournament, the Connie Gough Memorial Championship, in 2004. This was the only women's ranking event held in the 2003–04 season, and took place after Fisher, the top player in the rankings, had departed from the circuit to take up playing pool in the United States.

Evans won her first world championship in 2005 with a 6–4 victory over Horsburgh in the final, which featured one frame that was replayed because of a problem with the scoring. She retained the title in 2006 just six weeks before she was due to give birth, defeating Emma Bonney 5–3 in the final. She also won the 2006 WLBSA mixed doubles title, partnering with Mark Allen to beat Sonia Chapman and Matthew Couch 3–0 in the final.

Her loss to Maria Catalano at the 2011 Northern Classic brought to an end an unbeaten run of 90 women's snooker matches.

International Billiards and Snooker Federation

Evans won the IBSF world women's snooker championship in 2004, 2007, and 2008. She did not travel to the 2009 championship in Hyderabad to defend her title as the cost of travelling would have been more than the prize money she could have earnt.

European Billiards and Snooker Association

Evans won the EBSA European Snooker Championship in 2007 and 2008.

Professional Main Tour

After winning 61 consecutive women's matches and defeating reigning world champion John Higgins 4–3 at the 2009 Six-red World Championship, Evans was awarded a wild card on the professional main tour for the 2010–11 season, enabling her to enter all ranking events at the qualifying stage. This made her the first woman to play on the main snooker tour since Allison Fisher in 1994–95. Evans failed to win a match throughout her season on the tour, suffering 18 consecutive defeats. She entered Q-School, but was unable to qualify for the main tour in the 2011–12 season.

In the 2012–13 season, Evans won enough Q-School matches to earn a "top-up" place in the qualifying rounds for the 2013 Wuxi Classic, competing as an amateur. In her qualifying match, she defeated Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5–4 to become the first woman to reach the final stages of a professional ranking snooker tournament. Originally scheduled to play world number 2 Neil Robertson in the last 64, she then became one of four players selected to play an extra wildcard round against local Chinese opponents, a system she publicly criticized. She traveled to Wuxi and played Chinese teenager Zhu Yinghui in the wildcard round, but lost 2–5.

In March 2015, Evans was awarded a place in the qualifying rounds of the 2015 World Snooker Championship. She lost her opening match 8–10 to 1997 world champion Ken Doherty.

In the qualifying rounds for the 2017 World Snooker Championship, Evans defeated Robin Hull 10–8 in the first round. Evans stated that the victory was the best of her career, against an opponent she called "amazing". She lost 6–10 to Lee Walker in the second round of qualifying.

In the qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Snooker Championship, she lost 7–10 to Dominic Dale in the first round. In the 2019 qualifiers, she lost 2–10 to Zhang Yong in the first round.

She won the Women’s Tour Championship 2019, held at the Crucible Theatre, by beating Nutcharut Wongharuthai in the semi-final and Ng On Yee 1–0 in the final.

Personal life

Born in Dudley, West Midlands, Evans was educated at Bishop Milner Catholic School, Dudley. She began playing snooker at age 13, inspired by her older brothers. In 2005, she began a relationship with Northern Irish professional snooker player Mark Allen, with whom she had a daughter, Lauren, born in 2006. Evans and Allen ended their relationship in 2008.

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Ranking
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters Tournament Not Held MR A A A A
International Championship Not Held A A A A A A A A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR A A A
English Open Tournament Not Held A A A A
World Open LQ A A A Not Held A A A A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held A A A A
UK Championship LQ A A A A A A A A A
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held A A A A
European Masters Tournament Not Held A A A A
German Masters LQ A A A A A A A A A
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open LQ A A A A A A A A A
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event A A 1R 1R
Players Championship DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR A A A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ
China Open LQ A A A A A A A A
World Championship LQ A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-Ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Not Held A A A A A A 1R
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic Non-Ranking A WR A Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters LQ A A A A A A A NR
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event LQ 1R A NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi–finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.

Achievements

Women's Snooker – Individual

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Winner 2004 Connie Gough Memorial Championship Emma Bonney 4–2
Runner-up 2004 EBSA European Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 3–5
Winner 2004 Ladies' British Open Katie Henrick 4–0
Runner-up 2004 World Ladies' UK championship Lynette Horsburgh 3–4
Winner 2004 IBSF World Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–1
Winner 2005 WLBSA World Ladies' Championship Lynette Horsburgh 6–4
Runner-up 2005 Regal Ladies' Championship Lynette Horsburgh 1–4
Winner 2005 WLBSA' UK championship Maria Catalano 4–0
Runner-up 2005 East Anglian Ladies' Championship June Banks 3–4
Runner-up 2005 Ladies' British Open Championship June Banks 0–4
Runner-up 2006 Connie Gough National Maria Catalano 3–4
Winner 2006 WLBSA World Ladies' Championship Emma Bonney 5–3
Winner 2007 WLBSA World Ladies' Championship Katie Henrick 5–3
Winner 2007 South Coast Classic Maria Catalano 4–2
Winner 2007 British Championship June Banks
Winner 2007 East Anglian Championship June Banks 4–2
Winner 2007 Ladies' UK Championship June Banks 4–2
Winner 2007 Wytech Masters Emma Bonney 4–2
Winner 2007 UK Championship Kate Henrick 3–0
Winner 2007 EBSA European Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–2
Winner 2007 IBSF World Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–0
Runner-up 2008 Connie Gough National Maria Catalano 2–3
Winner 2008 EBSA European Snooker Championship Emma Bonney 5–3
Winner 2008 WLBSA World Ladies' Championship June Banks 5–2
Winner 2008 WLBSA Ladies' UK Championship Katie Henrick 3–1
Winner 2008 IBSF World Snooker Championship Wendy Jans 5–3
Winner 2009 WLBSA World Ladies' World Championship Maria Catalano 5–2
Winner 2009 Connie Gough National Katie Henrick 3–1
Winner 2009 South Coast Classic Maria Catalano 3–0
Winner 2009 East Anglian Championship Maria Catalano 3–0
Winner 2009 Ladies UK Championship Maria Catalano 3–1
Winner 2010 WLBSA World Ladies' World Championship Maria Catalano 5–1
Winner 2010 Connie Gough National Maria Catalano 3–1
Winner 2010 South Coast Classic Maria Catalano 3–1
Winner 2010 British Championship Katie Henrick 3–1
Winner 2010 East Anglian Championship Emma Bonney 3–0
Winner 2010 Ladies UK Championship Maria Catalano 3–0
Winner 2011 British Open Emma Bonney 3–1
Winner 2011 Southern Classic Emma Bonney 3–1
Winner 2011 Connie Gough Memorial Emma Bonney 3–0
Winner 2011 WLBSA World Ladies' World Championship Emma Bonney 5–1
Winner 2012 WLBSA World Ladies' World Championship Maria Catalano 5–3
Winner 2013 WLBSA World Ladies' World Championship Maria Catalano 6–3
Winner 2013 British Open Hannah Jones 4–0
Winner 2013 Eden Resources Masters Maria Catalano 4–0
Winner 2014 WLBSA World Ladies' World Championship Ng On-yee 6–0
Runner-up 2015 UK Ladies Championship Ng On-yee 1–5
Winner 2015 Eden Ladies Masters Laura Evans 5–0
Winner 2016 Connie Gough Trophy Maria Catalano 4–0
Winner 2016 Eden Classic Ng On-yee 5–1
Winner 2016 World Ladies Snooker Championship Ng On-yee 6–4
Runner-up 2016 Paul Hunter Classic Ng On-yee 1–4
Winner 2016 LITEtask UK Ladies Championship Tatjana Vasiljeva 5–1
Winner 2017 Eden Women's Masters So Man Yan 4–0
Winner 2017 Paul Hunter Classic Ng On-yee 4–1
Runner-up 2017 LITEtask UK Women's Championship Ng On-yee 1–4
Runner-up 2017 Eden Women's Masters Ng On-yee 3–4
Winner 2018 British Open Nutcharut Wongharuthai 4–0
Winner 2018 World Women's 10-Red Championship Ng On-yee 4–1
Winner 2018 World Women's 6-Red Championship Ng On-yee 4–3
Winner 2018 European Women's Masters Nutcharut Wongharuthai 4–1
Winner 2018 Eden Women's Masters Rebecca Kenna 4–0
Winner 2019 Belgian Women's Open Ng On-yee 4–1
Winner 2019 World Women's 10-Red Championship Ng On-yee 4–3
Winner 2019 World Women's 6-Red Championship Nutcharut Wongharuthai 4–1
Winner 2019 World Women's Snooker Championship Nutcharut Wongharuthai 6–3
Winner 2019 Women's Tour Championship Ng On-yee 1–0
Winner 2019 UK Women's Snooker Championship Maria Catalano 4–2
Winner 2019 Eden Masters Ng On-yee 4–2
Runner-up 43 2020 Belgian Women's Open Ng On-yee 2–4

IBSF World Under-21 Championship

  • 2004 IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship Last 32

Team

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Winner 2004 European Team Championship, with Katie Henrick (England) Malgorzata Klys and Maria Nielubowicz (Poland) 7–1
Winner 2004 Home International, with Katie Henrick (England)
Winner 2004 International Cup Winner, with Katie Henrick (England)
Winner 2005 Home International, with Marianne Williams (England)
Winner 2005 International Cup Winner, with Marianne Williams (England)
Winner 2005 European Team Championship, with Katie Henrick (England) Natascha Niermann and Ramona Leiterer (Germany) 8–0
Winner 2008 European Ladies' Team Championship, with Emma Bonney (England) Hanna Mergies and Malgorzata Sikorska (Poland) 6–0
Winner 2008 England Ladies' Home International Winner, with Emma Bonney (England)
Winner 2008 WLBSA World Mixed Doubles Champion (with Neil Robertson) Leah Willetts and Joe Perry 3–1
Winner 2009 WLBSA World Mixed Doubles Champion (with Michael Holt) Leah Willetts and Joe Perry 3–2
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http://www.worldsnooker.com/site_files/latest%20world%20rankings.pdf
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https://web.archive.org/web/20140227141806/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/snooker/10085958/Reanne-Evans-becomes-first-woman-to-qualify-for-final-stages-of-a-snooker-ranking-tournament.html
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