Reanne Evans beats Stuart Bingham to make snooker history after famous wins for 14-year-old Riley Powell and Vladislav Gradinari | Billiard News
Riley Powell becomes the second 14-year-old to win the Snooker Shoot Out after Vladislav Gradinari beat three-time women’s world champion Ng On Yee to become the youngest player to win a televised snooker match
By PA Sports
Last update: 26/01/23 23:24
Reanne Evans beat former world champion Stuart Bingham 60-8 to become the first woman to win a match in the single frame Snooker Shoot Out after Riley Powell trailed Vladislav Gradinari as the second 14-year-old to reach the second round at Leicester.
An early break of 21 by Evans helped establish a healthy lead, which was extended to 35-0 before Bingham, who won the 2015 world title, managed to make the most of another opportunity at the table as Evans capped off a memorable victory.
“It’s the first time I’ve enjoyed it. I know I won, but it’s the first time I’ve felt a bit more relaxed,” Evans said. Eurosport.
“I think I wasn’t expecting much and that did the trick. I’m happy because I lack confidence so any win [I have]I am happy.
“It’s just [about] touch and feel, especially in this format, you have to get to the table quickly and to be fair the table was really nice, the nicest table I’ve played on all season.”
Earlier Thursday, teenager Riley Powell monitoring Vladislav Gradinari as the second 14-year-old to make the second round with a win over world No. 8 Kyren Wilson.
On Wednesday, Moldovan Gradinari, who lives in Leeds, became the youngest player to win a televised match by beating three-time women’s world champion Ng On Yee.
Powell continued the trend at Morningside Arena by knocking out five-time ranking event winner Wilson 41-31 in the quickfire competition.
“It was amazing, the best event I’ve played,” said Welsh teenager Powell, who is two months older than Gradinari and turns 15 in August.
“The crowd was so good. I made a few mistakes early on but got back into it. I just tried to take the opportunity and loved every bit of it.”
Powell, from Tredegar in South Wales, trains with former world champion Mark Williams, Lee Walker and Jackson Page.
“As soon as I started playing snooker I loved it,” he told the World Snooker Tour website.
“Mark Williams has been fantastic with me, I would like to thank him, Jackson and Lee for all the help they have given me.
“Any training I can get them with is fabulous, I learned a lot from them. I want to be world number one and world champion.”
Gradinari explained how difficult it is to play snooker in his home country.
“It’s not really popular, we have three or four tables all over the country,” said the reigning England U14 champion. Billiards world tour.
“He [the win] feels amazing. I played my best match, at the table I felt calm. At the age of seven I started playing pool and we moved here two years ago.”
Elsewhere on Thursday, world No. 2 and home favorite Marc Selby was edged 22-20 by Mark Daviswhich produced a late rally to clinch the frame.
Amateur Michael Holt, who won the event in 2020 while on the pro circuit, had the highest break to date with 116 in his win over Lei Peifan.
Dominique Dale and Matthew Stevens played the first “blue ball game” of this year’s competition, after finishing tied 49-49.
Dale then edged out former Masters and UK champion Stevens to advance to the second round, but by David Gilbert the disappointing season continued as he was beaten 35-30 by a Saudi player Asjad IqbaI.