Hong Kong snooker star Ng On-yee was celebrating a “dream come true” on Friday after she became the first Asian woman to be invited to the men’s world championships.
The bespectacled Ng, 25, will now attempt to become the first woman to reach the main draw after she was handed a spot at the qualifying tournament.
The women’s world champion said her invitation to Sheffield in April was a positive move from the World Snooker Association (WSA).
“I am very excited about the prospect to compete in the best competition in the world,” said Ng by email.
“I am sure… all the top lady players are very excited to see that the WSA is showing signs of moving away from past tradition and opening up the door for more opportunities for ladies to participate in different competitions,” she added.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2016.