Snooker: Hong Kong's Ng On Yee wins women's world c'ship after epic nine hour final at Safra Toa Payoh

Ng celebrates after winning 6-5 in a 9.5 hours match that ended around 1.30 am.
Ng celebrates after winning 6-5 in a 9.5 hours match that ended around 1.30 am.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - It will go down in history as one of the longest snooker matches ever played and at the end of the 2017 Eden World Women's Snooker Championship, it was Hong Kong's Ng On Yee who outlasted Indian Vidya Pillai 6-5 in the final.

The best-of-11 frames final, held at Safra Toa Payoh's Lagoon Billiard Room, took more than nine hours to complete and spanned two days. It began at 4pm on Sunday (March 19), had a 45-minute break midway and only ended at 1.29am in the early hours of Monday morning.

This was Ng's second world title after her triumph in 2015. The 26-year-old had taken a 2-0 lead but Vidya turned the game around with four straight breaks.

The see-saw final turned in Ng's favour as she won the next three games to make it 5-4.

The 39-year-old Vidya used all her experience to snatch the 10th frame to force a decider for the first time in this tournament since 1989.

Somehow, despite mounting fatigue, Ng, ranked second in the world, found a way to prevail in the final frame and both women shared a warm embrace after a titanic battle.

The 1985 World Snooker Championship final was one of the most famous matches and took almost 15 hours to complete. Dennis Taylor lost the first eight frames but fought back to 17-17 before he potted the black in the deciding frame to beat Steve Davis.

This was the first time the entire Women's World Championship, which began in 1976, will be played outside Britain. India twice hosted the tournament from the quarter-finals onwards in the 1990s.

Thanks to her win in the £15,000 (S$26,073) event against a world-class field of 32 featuring seven of the world's top eight, Ng pocketed the top prize of £5,000, the trophy and also a place in the record books.

Correction note: An earlier version of this article said that Steve Davis won the 1985 World Snooker Championship final match. The winner should be Dennis Taylor.  We are sorry for the error.