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Thursday 8 December 2016

Ken to stop historic bid

SNOOKER

REANNE EVANS insists her World Championship bid is "do or die" for women in snooker.

The 29-year-old from Dudley in England's West Midlands is aiming to be the first woman to qualify for the World Championship in Sheffield this month when she faces former champion, Dubliner Ken Doherty, in qualifying.

Evans has won 10 women's world titles and plays Ranelagh's Doherty at Pond's Forge in Sheffield this Thursday. And, while her profile is dwarfed by the men's game, Evans knows she must take her chance.

"As much as it's brilliant, you get the added pressure. I'm do or die for the ladies. You have to accept it, that's the way it is," she said.

"I hope it all goes in the right direction. "It's going to take time and I'm getting old now, all the wrinkles are showing.

"If I don't get to play (in the main draw), I hope (my attempt to qualify will inspire) the young girls because they need to see a future in the game."

Six-time Crucible champion Steve Davis faces Jamie Cope in qualifying on Friday.

The 16 players who make it through to the tournament proper will be decided on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 15. The draw for the main tournament proper will be made the following day, with the event getting under way on April 18 and concluding on May 4.

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