Ng On Yee: ‘I questioned whether I could win again’

By Annette Lord

Asia’s number one women’s player said she has had to up her game to compete with her nearest rivals as she lifted her first trophy of the season.

Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, the world number two who knocked Reanne Evans off the top spot in 2018 before it was wrestled back by the 12 times world champion, was crowned Belgian Women’s Open champion after a 15-month title drought.

And On Yee told she had doubts over whether she could win silverware again.

“It feels really good to win this title,” she said. “The last time was 15 months ago and I have been questioning myself in the last year because I wasn’t doing so well in tournaments. Of course Reanne, Mink and other players are getting better so I have to improve myself too.”

Ng On Yee (right) won the 2020 Belgian Open. Picture by World Women’s Snooker

In the final at The Trickshot club, Bruges, On Yee faced Evans and it was the Englishwoman who impressed early, clinching the first frame with 76. On Yee won the second with a high break of 41 and took the next. Evans then levelled but it was the 29-year-old who pulled away to claim the title 4-2.

“There were a few frames in the final where Reanne was 30-40 in front and I came back, which were important,” On Yee added.

“I do feel like I am improving from last year but it has not shown in the results. I have to still try to do the simple things, trust myself, believe in myself and hopefully the results will follow.”

On Yee reached the final by overcoming third seed, Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai, 4-2 with breaks of 71, 58 and 60 in coming back from 1-0 and 2-1 down.

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