Hong Kong’s Ng On-yee wins women’s world snooker championship for a 2nd time in Singapore

Ng takes a shot in a Sheung Wan snooker hall, Jan. 27, 2016. File photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Snooker star Ng On-yee has made Hong Kong proud yet again after she won the women’s world championship for the second time.

Ng, 26, faced off against 39-year-old Vidya Pillai from India during the finals of the 2017 Eden World Womens’ Snooker Championship in Safra Toa Payoh, Singapore. The close match, which began at 4pm yesterday, saw the pair playing into the wee hours, with the nine-hour match ending only at 1:29am today.

Ng, who previously won the championship in 2015, took home a GBP5,000 (HKD48,112) prize alongside her well-earned trophy.

The snooker prodigy, known affectionately in Hong Kong as “Four Eyes Cue”, has been breaking records for years, having picked up the sport at the tender age of 13 after admiring the “special snooker uniform” her father, an amateur player, wore during games.

In the years since her first international tournament, the 2006 women’s world championships, Ng has become a household name in Hong Kong. In 2016, she was the first Asian woman to be invited to the men’s world championships in Sheffield, after winning the women’s world title in 2015.

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