MARIA Catalano was crowned British Open Ladies champion at Rushden SC on Saturday (November 10) to prove that three weeks on the US pool circuit has not dulled her snooker skills.
After a hard-fought 3-2 victory over two-time world billiard champion Emma Bonney, Catalano admitted there was a touch of revenge about the result.
photo Kevin Legg
“I owed her one,” she laughed. “She knocked me out of the world championships last year.”
A fourth women’s title and a first since the Connie Gough in March this year took the 25-year-old from Dudley, West Midlands, to fourth in the WLBSA rankings.
“It’s been a while,” she said. “I was due one.
“I was 2-1 up and playing alright. She pulled it back to 2-2 and it started to go a little bit tight, but I managed to pull through in the end.
“I’m just happy to have won.”
Catalano, who pocketed £250, did not drop a frame until the final and scored the highest break of 90 against Chelmsford’s Chris Sharpe in the semis.
World number one Reanne Evans was competing in the IBSF Championships in Thailand.
Marianne Williams beat Maureen Logan in the Plate final and Eva Palmius took the seniors trophy.
Maureen Logan (Wallsend) bt Pam Wood (Newcastle) 3-0
Katie Henrick (Bickley, Kent) bt Mary Hawkes (Eaton Bray, Beds) 3-0
Emma Bonney (Portsmouth) bt Eva Palmius (Royston, Herts) 3-0
Jenny Poulter (Maidstone) bt Marianne Williams (Smallfield, Surrey) 3-0
Joanne Davies (Derby) bt Georgina Holloway (Ashbourne, Derbyshire) 3-0
June Banks (Orpington, Kent) (48) bt Logan 3-0
Julia Betteridge (Derby) bt Jan Hughes (St Neots, Cambs) 3-1
Henrick (43) bt Tina Owen-Sevilton (Taunton) 3-0
Bonney bt Vicky Ashby (Hemel Hempstead) 3-0
Poulter by Charlotte Holloway (Ashbourne, Derbyshire) 3-0
Chris Sharpe (Chelmsford) by Julie Kightley (Derby) 3-0
Suzie Opacic (Brambridge, Hants) bt Martina Lumsden (Eastbourne) 3-0
Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Midlands) (54) bt Davies 3-0
Banks (52) bt Betteridge 3-0
Bonney bt Henrick 3-0
Sharpe bt Poulter 3-2
Catalano bt Opacic 3-0
Catalano (90) bt Sharpe 3-0
Bonney bt Banks 3-2
Catalano £250 bt Bonney £150 3-2
Kightley bt Palmius 2-0
Ashby bt Owen-Sevilton 2-1
Williams bt Davies 2-0
Hughes bt Hawkes 2-0
Lumsden bt Charlotte Holloway 2-0
Georgina Holloway by Kightley 2-1
Williams 2-0 Ashby
Lumsden bt Hughes 2-0
Logan by Wood 2-1
Williams bt Lumsden 2-1
Logan bt Holloway 2-0
Williams bt Logan 2-0
Palmius bt Hughes 2-0
World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association rankings
Wallsend, Tyne & Wear
The next ranking event is:
Saturday 2nd February 2008
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