A TEENAGE girl from Havant “still can’t believe” she has won a first title on the women’s international snooker circuit.
Chloe White triumphed in the under-21 event at the Eden Masters at Cueball Derby.
The 15-year-old, who made her debut on the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker circuit in the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship in Leeds last October, surpassed all her expectations during the two-day event.
“I still can’t believe what I have achieved,” she said. “I couldn’t be happier.
“I went up to Derby not expecting too much but to play the best I can. But to come home after winning the (under-21 title) is amazing.
“I just want to thank everyone for their support and just hope to continue even further.”
After defeating Aimee Benn (West Yorks) and Stephanie Daughtery (Wakefield), both by 2-0 scorelines, White made a 31 break in a 3-2 victory over Shannon Metcalf (Leeds) 3-2 in the final.
And in the deciding frame, she battled back from 28 points down with two reds left.
White said it was the best she had played all weekend and added: “I managed to keep going and got the win I had hoped for.”
In the main event, White, who also competes on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour, lost 2-1 to Jenny Poulter (Maidstone) but beat Heidi De Gruchy (Grimsby) 3-0 to qualify for the last-16.
But her run ended in a 3-0 defeat by Ronnie O’Sullivan’s cousin and former women’s world number one Maria Catalano (Dudley).
Picture by Matt Huart: WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson and Chloe White
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