March 5, 2022
Wendy Jans Wins Her 8th World Title; Florian Claims His Maiden World Championship Title
Wendy Jans from Belgium has won the 8th World Women’s Snooker title of her career here in Doha, Qatar. In the final today, she defeated Thailand player Nutcharat Wongharuthai 4-1 in the best of seven frames match to regain the title that she lost in 2018. Wendy holds a record of winning 6 world titles in a row and also the highest number of World titles are in her name, which is now eight.
Starting from 2012, she stayed undefeated till 2018 when she lost the final World championship held at Yangon. In 2019 Turkey, she couldn’t qualify for the medals round and got eliminated from the quarter-final stage. After that, the world came to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
During this championship, she was confident since the beginning and that reflected in her game too. She stayed undefeated throughout the group stage. Later in knockouts, she defeated Alexandra Riabinina 3-1, Ploychompoo Laokiatphong 3-0 and Waratthanun Sukritthanes 3-1 to reach the final.
Today in the final against Nutcharat, Wendy started on a winning note scoring 69-39 when Nutcharat replied with a break of 48 but before she could level the match, Wendy placed fantastic snooker that gave her 50+ points and she got the lead of 2 frames.
However, Nutcharat succeeded to secure the next frame by crafting a break of 30 points but after that Wendy entirely dominated with breaks of 45, 30 in the fourth frame and 37 in the match-winning frame.
The other final for the World Under-21 Snooker category went for almost 6 hours where Florian Nüßle from Austria won the title by winning the deciding frame 6-5 against Taweesap Kongkitchertchoo of Thailand.
The entire match saw various ups-nd-down from Florian losing the first frame to go ahead with a 2-1 lead with the breaks of 57 and 60 and then again going down to 2-4.
Despite all that, he didn’t lose his determination and constantly fought for the objective for which he travelled from Austria to Qatar, the coveted trophy of the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship.
In the next two frames, Florian went back to basics and did no silly mistakes to level the match at 4-all. Although he lost the next frame but returned to the match with a break of 77 points to set the decider.
The strings for the deciding frame was tightened by both the players and at one stage it appeared that the Thai player would win the title, but he chose a wrong shot that gave the last opportunity to Florian and he held his nerves better to clear the last colour balls to secure the first-ever world title of his career.
The executives of IBSF, ACBS and Qatar Federation graced the prize distribution ceremony was graced where IBSF Vice President Mr. Jim Leacy extended the Entry Ticket for the World Games to the Winner, Florian Nüßle and Taweesap Kongkitchertchoo.
The World Games is a Multi-Sports event that happens once every four years and this year the World Games are scheduled for July 7 to 17, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America.