Reanne Evans is Britain’s top female snooker player and she has set he sights on the chance of playing five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan after qualifying for snooker’s Champion of Champions event.
Evans is blazing the trail for women’s snooker by becoming the first woman to compete against the world’s best men in the televised tournament in Coventry. She triumphed for a 12th time this year at the Women’s World Snooker Championship. She said of her appearance at the televised tournament, that it could help bring change to the landscape of women’s professional game.
O’Sullivan claimed the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday, and having already qualified for the Champion of Champions as the defending champion and by winning UK, Players and Tour Championships, meant Evans’ spot at the 16-player event was confirmed.
Evans has played O’Sullivan before but in exhibition games (matches which are not part of a competition but serve to demonstrate the skills of the players).
It’s brilliant news. I’d like to play Ronnie I think. I have played against him a couple of times in exhibitions and played with him. The crowds love him, so the atmosphere would be amazing.
It’s not going to be easy, but it will be a great experience. You dream of playing in such events at those kind of venues. It’s fairly local and I’ve been as a spectator, so to get to play there will be class.”Evans
The Champion of Champions, which takes place at the Ricoh Arena from 4 to 10 November, features tournament winners from the previous 12 months.
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