Thai Sensation Mink Nutcharut Triumphs in US Women’s Open Snooker Championship with Remarkable Comeback

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On Sunday, at Ox Billiards in Seattle, Mink Nutcharut secured victory in the US Women’s Open snooker championship by defeating Ng On Yee 4-2.

The 23-year-old clinched her sixth triumph on the World Women’s Snooker Tour in a remarkable comeback against Ng. Initially, Ng took charge of the title-deciding match, forging a 2-0 advantage with a break of 55.

Yet, Nutcharut showed resilience, gradually working her way back into the contest. She not only equalized the score but also seized a crucially tight fifth frame, propelling herself into the lead. This momentum carried her through to claim the sixth frame and secure the championship win.

This event marked the inaugural ranking competition of the 2023/24 season within the women’s snooker circuit. Impressively, Nutcharut only conceded frames during the final showdown itself.

During the initial round-robin phase, Nutcharut displayed dominance, recording three consecutive 3-0 victories against Marissa Du, Louise Foster, and Jaime Miller. She continued her streak in the subsequent knockout rounds, securing comprehensive wins in the quarter-finals against Ip Wan In Jaique of Hong Kong and in the semi-finals against Jamie Hunter, the 2022 US Women’s Open snooker champion.

This victory marks Nutcharut’s first title since her success at the Belgian Women’s Open in January.

For Ng, the conclusion was disheartening, as her otherwise dominant tournament performances ended on a sour note. The three-time world champion had advanced to the final with a series of one-sided wins, including a commanding 4-0 triumph over Rebecca Kenna in the penultimate round.

When Ng initially took the lead in the final, the expectation was that she would seal the deal. However, Nutcharut impressively rallied to showcase her prowess in the women’s snooker arena.

With this triumph boosting her confidence, Nutcharut aspires to make strides in her journey on the professional main tour. Her next challenge awaits in the UK as she competes in the British Open qualifiers in Leicester, where she is set to face Mohamed Ibrahim on Thursday.

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