Mary Talbot-Deegan Clinches Maiden Title in Eden Women’s Masters Thriller

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Mary Talbot-Deegan achieved a thrilling 4-3 triumph over Jamie Hunter at the Eden Women’s Masters this Sunday.

The 43-year-old secured her inaugural title on the World Women’s Snooker Tour with an impressive performance throughout the weekend at Frames Sports Bar in London.

Talbot-Deegan dominated all three of her round-robin matchups in the early stages of the competition.

As the knockout rounds began, the Englishwoman experienced her first loss of the tournament in the opening frame but still emerged victorious with a 3-1 win over Sophie Nix.

Subsequent whitewash victories against Tessa Davidson and Sarah Dunn propelled her into the final.

The title showdown was closely contested, with the first four frames evenly split and little to differentiate between the two players.

Hunter, the reigning champion of the US Women’s Open and the Australian Women’s Open from the previous season, then took a 3-2 lead.

However, a missed pink in the sixth frame provided Talbot-Deegan with an opportunity, which she seized to force a deciding frame.

In the final moments, both players had chances to secure victory, but Talbot-Deegan ultimately maintained her composure, potting the final pink.

Mary Talbot-Deegan expressed her elation after the final, stating, “It feels amazing, I am buzzing. I always believed that I could win a title, I didn’t think this soon, but I’m on top of the world at the minute. I’ve put in a lot of hard work and am really enjoying it.”

She went on to thank her supporters, including Frames Sports Bar owner Tony Thompson, her family, friends, and those from the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

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Despite Talbot-Deegan’s triumph, questions have arisen about the event’s scheduling. The defending champion, Mink Nutcharut, had to withdraw after reaching the second qualifying round for the UK Championship. Additionally, Reanne Evans withdrew after losing her UK qualifying match, and top players Ng On Yee and Bai Yulu chose to participate in the IBSF World Championship in Doha instead of the Eden Women’s Masters. This has led to concerns about the absence of several marquee names in what is meant to be one of the most prestigious events on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

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