Nutcharut Wongharuthai


Nutcharut Wongharuthai (born 7 November 1999)[2] is a Thai snooker player, and the only woman known to have made a maximum break of 147.

Nutcharut Wongharuthai
Wongharuthai at the 2020 Snooker Shoot Out tournament
Born (1999-11-07) 7 November 1999 (age 21)
Thailand
Sport country Thailand
NicknameMink
Highest ranking3 (October 2019)[1]
Highest break90 (competitive)
147 (non-competitive)
Tournament wins
Ranking1

Biography


Wongharuthai's mother was a cashier in a snooker club, and her father enjoyed playing snooker. Wongharuthai herself started playing at the age of 10.[3]

She is known as "Mink," stating that "in Thailand we call each and everyone by their nickname because our traditional Thai names are too long and we don't have any Christian name like Western people. So we use nicknames instead."[3]

In 2018 she won the World Women's Under-21 Championship. In 2019 she beat defending champion Ng On-yee in the quarter-final[4] during her run to the World Women's Snooker Championship final, where she was beaten by 12-time champion Reanne Evans.[5]

In March 2019 she made a 147 break during a practice session, which was the first and only known maximum break achieved by a female player.[6][7][8]

Wongharuthai was one of four women to be selected for the Women's Tour Championship to be held at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, which is seen as an iconic venue for snooker, having been the venue for the men's World Snooker Championship since 1977.[9]

She won the 2019 International Billiards and Snooker Federation World Women's 6 Reds Championship, beating Amee Kamani 4–2 in the final.[10]

At the Australian Women's Open in 2019, Wongharuthai and Ng On-yee were the only players to complete their qualifying groups without losing a frame.[11] Wongharuthai then progressed to the final, still without losing a frame, registering wins over Kimberly Cullen 3–0, Carlie Tait 3–0 and Jaique Ip 4–0 to reach the final, against Ng. Wongharuthai won the final 4–2, gaining her first ranking tournament win.[12]

Hi-End Snooker Club in Thailand sponsors and supports her.[3][13]

Career highlights


OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponentScoreRef.
Runner-up 12017Eden World Women's Snooker Championship Challenge Cup[lower-alpha 1]Amee Kamani2–4[14]
Winner 12017Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games: 6-red snookerWaratthanun Sukritthanes4–0[15]
Runner-up 22018British OpenReanne Evans0–4[16]
Winner 22018World Women's Under-21 ChampionshipEmma Parker3–0[17]
Winner 32018UK Women's Championship (Under-21s)Shannon Metcalf2–1[18]
Runner-up 32018European Women's MastersReanne Evans1–4[19]
Runner-up 42018European Women's Masters (Under-21s)Emma Parker0–2[20]
Runner-up 52019Belgian Women's Open (Under-21s)Steph Daughtery0–2[21]
Runner-up 62019World Women's Under-21 ChampionshipPloychompoo Laokiatphong1–3[22]
Runner-up 72019World Women's 6-Red ChampionshipReanne Evans1–4[23]
Runner-up 82019World Women's Snooker ChampionshipReanne Evans3–6[24]
Winner 42019IBSF World Women's 6 Reds ChampionshipAmee Kamani4–2[10]
Winner 52019Australian Women's Open ChampionshipNg On-yee4–2[25]
Winner 62019IBSF World Women's 6 Reds ChampionshipDiana Stateczny5–3[26]

Notes


  1. For players who did not reach the quarter-finals of the main event

References


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  2. "Athlete Profile: WONGHARUTHAI Nutcharut". ashgabat2017.com. Ashgabat 2017. Archived from the original on 17 October 2019. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  3. Nutcharut Wongharuthai Q&A Archived 2019-07-21 at the Wayback Machine Women's World Snooker. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  4. Careem, Nazvi (2019-06-22). "Ng On-yee crashes out to Thai sensation Nutcharut in women's world snooker quarter-finals". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  5. Reanne Evans wins 12th Women's World Snooker Championship title Archived 2019-06-23 at the Wayback Machine BBC Sport, 23 June 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
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