World Women’s Number One Mink Nutcharut defeated fellow professional Rebecca Kenna 3-1 in the final to win the inaugural EPSB The Winchester Women’s Open Series event.
Held at The Winchester in Leicester – the venue continues to be a big supporter of women’s snooker and is backing the new portfolio of competitions – the new Series consists of several one-day events and the Grand Finals.
Open to all women players regardless of their nationality – both amateur and professional (amateurs receive 18 points per frame when they play a professional) – Mink travelled to the tournament in brilliant form having recently won the US Women’s Open in Seattle. The 23-year-old Thai star was very impressive as she qualified for the knockout phase after coming top of Group A with three wins from three, making breaks of 113 (highest of the event), 91, 58, 48, 47, 41 and 38 in the six frames she played and won.
In the semi-finals, Mink defeated the 2020 English Women’s Snooker Championship winner Emma Parker 2-1, crafting efforts of 95 and 31 either side of Parker claiming a very close second frame.
Englishwoman Kenna reached the final without dropping a single frame. The 34-year-old registered runs of 75, 63, 47, 41 and 31 in the groups and then eliminated the experienced Tessa Davidson – holder of several seniors titles on the World Women’s Snooker Tour – 2-0 in the last four.
Kenna began the title match in superb fashion as she compiled an 85 break whilst winning the opening frame. However, Mink had breaks of 36 and 42 in frame two as she levelled before securing the next two frames to become the first champion of an EPSB Women’s Open Series event.
Throughout the event, 19 breaks of over 40 were made.
Event Two of the 2023/24 EPSB The Winchester Women’s Open Series takes place at The Winchester on Sunday 17 September.