Saturday 22 October 2016

Dubliner Ken Doherty wins snooker battle of the sexes

Ken Doherty
Ken Doherty
Reanne Evans plays a shot during her match against Ken Doherty during the World Championship Qualifying

SHE had hoped to become the first woman to ever qualify for snooker's World Championship, but Reanne Evans' dreams were dashed in a nail-biting match with Dubliner Ken Doherty.

However, the 1997 World Champion (45) had only kind words for his worthy opponent, who he beat 10-8 last night.

"Delighted to get through, but that was one of the toughest matches I've played in this World Championship. Reanne deserved it more than me," Ken wrote online.

He followed up by saying that Reanne (29) should be given a chance to compete in every event in 2016.

"I hope World Snooker make a good decision and give Reanne a full wildcard to play in every event next year, why not? She deserves it," he said.

Naturally, Reanne was heartbroken as her dream of competing at the Crucible was quashed.

"Absolutely devastated. Gave it one big fight not playing at my best. Thanks everyone for support," she wrote online.


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