JODIE Symes today took a massive leap forward in her career on the national women’s circuit.
The 16-year-old (left) took advantage of home tables at Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon, to claim the junior title at the women’s Southern Classic.
And that followed a shock win in the last-16 of the main competition.
World number 17 Symes, who is coached by Paul Rose and is ranked seventh on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour, defeated world number 12 Tina Owen-Sevilton (Taunton) 3-2.
But six-time world champion and undisputed world number one Reanne Evans proved to be a bridge too far for the teenager – at least for now.
Evans, who extended her record unbeaten run to 80 matches on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association circuit by winning the event, eased to a 3-0 victory.
But Symes was to triumph in the junior event. She overcame Jasmine Bolsover, another Cuestars member, currently ninth on the Bronze Tour, 2-1 in the semi-finals and defeated arch rival Hannah Jones, from Derby, in the final.
England international Jones, 14, went in off the black in the third and deciding frame.
In the main comp, Bolsover, 11, who is based at Woking Snooker Centre, remarkably took a frame off eight-time German national champion Natascha Niermann in the last-16.
11-year-old starlet Jasmine Bolsover
After the 3-1 defeat, the world number 20 lost 2-0 in the Plate to the eventual winner, Owen-Sevilton.
Picture by Monique Limbos