Reanne Evans has become the first ever female to qualify for the final stages of a major tournament.

The 27-year old beat Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and will now face World number two Neil Robertson at the Wuxi Classic in China.

Evans believes that her victory will hopefully demonstrate the ability that some female snooker players have.

Evans told the Daily Mail: “Hopefully this will show other women what can be done in snooker and there will be more to follow me. It's a really big win for me because I have done it on merit. I played well in qualifying and my results there have earned me this chance.

"I've never been to China before but I'm really excited about it now and hopefully it will give me the chance to boost my profile out there."

In the 2010-11 World Snooker tour Evans became the first female for 15 years to compete on the main circuit when she was handed a wild card. However, she failed to win a match all season.

But Evans has now won nine consecutive ladies' World titles but said her victory over Un-Nooh, the world number 69, was 'definitely the best in her career.' Evans came back from 3-0 down and 4-3 down to win 5-4.

Evans, who has a daughter Lauren, six, received only £800 for winning her second world title in 2006 while seven-and-a-half months pregnant. She will earn at least £3,000 from her match against Australia's Robertson, who hit a 147 in his 5-0 win over Mohamed Khairy.

Evans, whose highest break is 140, will now hope to create one of the biggest stories ever in Snooker by beating Neil Robertson later this month.


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