McManus level with women's world number one Ng


Before the match, Alan McManus said he would treat Ng On-yee “like any other very good player”

Scotland’s Alan McManus edged past women’s world number one Ng On-yee in the first round of the World Snooker Championship qualifiers.

McManus, 48, a two-time Crucible semi-finalist, trailed 2-0 before the morning session finished tied 4-4.

Hong Kong’s Ng, 28, has won the women’s world title for the past two years and edged ahead again, but McManus pulled clear to win 10-6 in Sheffield.

England’s Reanne Evans, the only other woman playing, lost 10-2 to Zhang Yong.

McManus’ compatriot Ross Muir was beaten 10-3 by England’s Tom Ford.

The World Championship at the Crucible runs from 20 April to 6 May.

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