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Sport Reanne Evans falls one frame short of snooker history in defeat to Shaun Murphy

18:45  05 november  2019
18:45  05 november  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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  Reanne Evans falls one frame short of snooker history in defeat to Shaun Murphy © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Reanne Evans was one frame away from becoming the first woman to beat a male snooker player in the top-16 of the world as she narrowly lost out to Shaun Murphy.

Evans, 34, was making her Champion of Champions debut in Coventry on Monday and almost caused a huge upset as she came back from 3-0 down to lose 4-3 against the world No 8.

The Dudley-born snooker player, who has 12 female world championships and 30 titles to her name since 2002, recorded a highest break of 51 in what was the biggest payday of her career, with first-round losers receiving £12,500.

Shaun Murphy holding a phone © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Shaun Murphy was crowned world champion in 2005 (Getty Images)

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“It was a tough game of snooker, she didn't disgrace herself at all, and I really hope we see more of her on the main tour events," Murphy told ITV4.

Murphy, the 2005 world champion and two-time runner-up, believes Evans deserves more recognition in the wider game.

“This woman here, she's a 12-time champion of the world completely disregarded by the general British sporting public at large.

“People are throwing MBEs and awards out at people left, right and centre - she's got 12 world titles to her name and nothing after her name. It's a disgrace.”

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Evans also took an important stride for women in the sport back in February at the Snooker Shoot Out alongside Emma Parker as the pair became the first women to play on television in the final stages of a ranking event in the UK.

She also won a World Championship qualifier against Robin Hull back in 2017.

(Photo by Tai Chengzhe/VCG via Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Tai Chengzhe/VCG via Getty Images)

Her narrow defeat is the closest a woman has been to beating an elite player in a televised event.

Evan told the BBC's Today programme: “It's a frustrating game sometimes where you're at the top of your sport but you don't really get recognised for it.”

She added: “I had him on the ropes a little bit at the end. At the start I played so poorly I won a frame and got into the match a bit. I went from being nervous, embarrassed to really proud, gutted."

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