Bai Yulu Secures Historic Victory at 2024 World Women's Snooker Championship

The Changping Gymnasium in Dongguan, China, played host to the 41st edition of the World Women's Snooker Championship from 11 to 17 March 2024. This prestigious women's snooker tournament marked a significant milestone as it was the first time the championship was held in China. Organized by World Women's Snooker, the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association, and Cantonese Snooker, the event attracted 45 talented players competing for the coveted title and a share of the £33,400 prize pool.

The defending champion, Baipat Siripaporn, entered the tournament aiming to retain her crown after defeating Bai Yulu 6-3 in the 2023 final. However, her journey came to an end in the last 16 when she suffered a 0-4 defeat against Reanne Evans. Bai Yulu, determined to claim the championship, showcased her resilience by making a remarkable comeback in the semi-finals. Trailing 0-3 against Evans, Bai fought back to secure a thrilling 5-3 victory.

The final of the World Women's Snooker Championship proved to be a nail-biting affair as Bai Yulu faced off against Mink Nutcharut. The match went down to the wire, with Bai emerging as the victor in a tense 6-5 encounter. The deciding frame came down to the last pink ball, and Bai's precise shot secured her first women's world title, becoming the first-ever winner from mainland China. Her break of 122 in the final not only secured the championship but also set a new record for the highest break ever made in a women's world final.

The tournament also featured the World Women's Under-21 Championship and the World Women's Seniors Championship, which ran concurrently with the main event. Bai Yulu showcased her dominance by not only claiming the World Women's Snooker Championship but also winning the Under-21 title with a convincing 3-0 victory over Narucha Phoemphul. Additionally, Tessa Davidson showcased her skill and experience by securing her second Seniors world title, defeating Han Fang 3-1 in the final.

Bai Yulu's triumph at the 2024 World Women's Snooker Championship signifies a historic moment for Chinese snooker and solidifies her status as a rising star in the sport. Her victory, along with the impressive performances of other players, highlights the growing prominence and talent within the women's snooker community.