Nutcharut Wongharuthai

Nutcharut Wongharuthai (born 7 November 1999)[2] is a Thai snooker player, and the only woman known to have made a maximum break of 147.

Nutcharut Wongharuthai
Nutcharut Wongharuthai at the 2020 Snooker Shoot Out.jpg
Wongharuthai at the 2020 Snooker Shoot Out tournament
Born (1999-11-07) 7 November 1999 (age 20)
Thailand
Sport country Thailand
NicknameMink
Highest ranking3 (October 2019)[1]
Highest break90 (competitive); 147 (non-competitive)
Tournament wins
Ranking1

BiographyEdit

Wongharuthai's mother was a cashier in a snooker club, and her father enjoyed playing snooker. Wongharuthai herself started playing at the age of 10.[3]

She is known as "Mink," stating that "in Thailand we call each and everyone by their nickname because our traditional Thai names are too long and we don’t have any Christian name like Western people. So we use nicknames instead."[3]

In 2018 she won the World Women's Under-21 Championship. In 2019 she beat defending champion Ng On-yee in the quarter-final[4] during her run to the World Women's Snooker Championship final, where she was beaten by 12-time champion Reanne Evans.[5]

In March 2019 she made a 147 break during a practice session, which was the first and only known maximum break achieved by a female player.[6][7][8]

Wongharuthai was one of four women to be selected for the Women's Tour Championship to be held at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, which is seen as an iconic venue for snooker, having been the venue for the men's World Snooker Championship since 1977.[9]

She won the 2019 International Billiards and Snooker Federation World Women's 6 Reds Championship, beating Amee Kamani 4–2 in the final.[10]

At the Australian Women's Open in 2019, Wongharuthai and Ng On-yee were the only players to complete their qualifying groups without losing a frame.[11] Wongharuthai then progressed to the final, still without losing a frame, registering wins over Kimberly Cullen 3–0, Carlie Tait 3–0 and Jaique Ip 4–0 to reach the final, against Ng. Wongharuthai won the final 4–2, gaining her first ranking tournament win.[12]

Hi-End Snooker Club in Thailand sponsors and supports her.[3][13]

Career highlightsEdit

  • 2019 World Women's Snooker Championship runner-up (lost 1–4 to Reanne Evans)
  • 2019 Australian Women's Open Champion, beating Ng On-yee 4–2 in the final.
  • 2019 International Billiards and Snooker Federation World Women's 6 Reds Champion, beating Amee Kamani 4–2 in the final.
  • 2019 World Women's Snooker Championship Final (lost 3–6 to Reanne Evans)
  • 2019 Women's Snooker World Cup (with Ploychompoo Laokiatphong) Semi-final[14]
  • 2019 World Women's 6-Red Championship Final (lost 1–4 to Reanne Evans)
  • 2019 World Women's Under-21 Championship Final (lost 1–3 to Ploychompoo Laokiatphong)
  • 2019 Belgian Women's Open (Under-21s) Final (lost 0–2 to Steph Daughtery)
  • 2019 Belgian Women's Open Semi-final
  • 2018 Australian Women's Open Semi-final
  • 2018 European Women's Masters (Under-21s) Final (lost 0–2 to Emma Parker)
  • 2018 European Women's Masters Final (lost 1–4 to Reanne Evans)
  • 2018 LITEtask UK Women's Championship Semi-final
  • 2018 LITEtask UK Women's Championship (Under-21s) Winner (beat Shannon Metcalf 2–1 in the final)
  • 2018 World Women's Under-21 Championship Winner (beat Emma Parker 2–1 in the final)
  • 2018 British Open Final (lost 1–4 to Reanne Evans)
  • 2018 British Open (Under-21s) Semi-final
  • 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 6-red snooker gold medal.
  • 2017 Eden World Women's Snooker Championship (Challenge Cup) Final (lost 2–4 to Amee Kamani)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rankings". womenssnooker.com. World Women's Snooker. Archived from the original on 24 April 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Athlete Profile: WONGHARUTHAI Nutcharut". ashgabat2017.com. Ashgabat 2017. Archived from the original on 17 October 2019. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Nutcharut Wongharuthai Q&A Archived 2019-07-21 at the Wayback MachineWomens's World Snooker. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  4. ^ Careem, Nazvi (2019-06-22). "Ng On-yee crashes out to Thai sensation Nutcharut in women's world snooker quarter-finals". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  5. ^ Reanne Evans wins 12th Women's World Snooker Championship title Archived 2019-06-23 at the Wayback Machine BBC Sport, 23 June 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  6. ^ Player Profile – Nutcharut Wongharuthai Archived 2019-04-07 at the Wayback Machine Womens's World Snooker. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  7. ^ First 147 by a woman? Wongharuthai makes maximum break Eurosport, 12 March 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019
  8. ^ "First female snooker 147". Daily Mirror. 23. 2019-03-19 – via NewsBank.CS1 maint: location (link)
  9. ^ Women’s Snooker Stars Set to Compete at Crucible Theatre Archived 2019-07-26 at the Wayback Machine World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, 4 June 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  10. ^ Pathak, Vivek (21 September 2019). "Nutcharat wins her maiden World Women title". ibsf.info. International Billiards and Snooker Federation. Archived from the original on 24 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Australian Women's Open – Groups". WPBSA Tournament Manager. World Women's Snooker. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  12. ^ Huart, Matt (20 October 2019). "Maximum Mink Wins First Ranking Title". womenssnooker.com. World Women's Snooker. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  13. ^ Careem, Nazvi (2019-06-22). "Jealous of Hong Kong: why Ng On-yee and her teammates are the aristocrats and envy of the women's world tour". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 2019-07-26. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  14. ^ Thailand Lifts Women's World Cup Archived 2019-07-09 at the Wayback Machine World Snooker, 19 June 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019