Snooker - Ladies champ Evans ready to make statement at Wuxi Classic

Reanne Evans hopes her participation in the Wuxi Classic ranking event will help raise the profile of women in a male-dominated sport.

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The nine-time world ladies snooker champion qualified for the Chinese ranking opener, but will have to defeat local player Zhu Zinghui in a wild card qualifier to earn an interesting first round clash with 2010 Crucible champion Neil Robertson.

“Even when I wasn’t a casualty of the wild-cards, I wasn’t a fan of them,” Evans said.

“When snooker first went to China it was fair enough, the sport wasn’t established. But China is a snooker power now.

“I was very disappointed when I found out. It felt like all the achievement and the hype was for nothing.”

Nonetheless, the 27-year-old is proud of the progress she has made so far and hopes it will continue with an impact in the men’s events.

"I just hope we can get people noticing women in snooker and build up the profile," she explained.

"I know it's not going to happen overnight but it needs to get moving.

"I won £1,500 for my first world title but only £400 this year. It's gradually got worse and worse.

"There is a lot of pressure. I do put pressure on myself but I've just got to try to relax and enjoy the moment, which is going to be really hard."

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