The Singapore Story So Far
The 2017 Eden World Women’s Championship has now reached its knockout stages following three days of action at the Lagoon Billiard Room in Singapore.
Of the 32 players that began the week at a spectacular opening ceremony on the Flight Deck of the stunning Marina Bay Sands on Sunday evening, just 16 remain in contention to become 2017 world women’s champion following the conclusion of the group stage.
11-time and reigning champion Reanne Evans has made an imposing start to her latest title defence, winning 15 frames from 15 to ensure that she will be installed as top seed for the last 16. She will next meet Germany’s Diana Schuler, who by reaching the knockout rounds has equalled her run from 2016.
Also making a strong start to the tournament is the player who defeated Evans at the most recent WLBS in Dunstable, Keighley’s Rebecca Granger, who dropped just one frame during her three matches and will therefore be seeded second, an improvement from her group stage seeding of number eight.
Of the eight group seeds, Suzie Opacic was the sole player who failed to make it through to the last 16, with Thailand’s Siriphaporn Nuanthakhamjan and Eden Masters runner-up So Man Yan progressing through a strong section of the draw.
Joining Evans and Granger as group winners, were 2015 champion Ng On Yee and fellow Hong Kong player Katrina Wan, while the unseeded Nuanthakhamjan, Waratthanun Sukritthanes (both Thailand), Varshaa Sanjeev and Vidya Pillai (both India), complete the top eight seeds for the knockout rounds.
The players not progressing to the last 16 of the main competition have been entered into the Challenge Cup, to be played over the next three days alongside the main competition.
The action continues from 12pm on Wednesday with the start of the Challenge Cup, before the main competition resumes at 6pm with the start of the last 16.