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Reanne Evans handed Crucible chance
03 Mar 2015 12:12
The women's world champion, Reanne Evans, has been given a place in the qualifying round's of this year's World Championship, World Snooker has announced.
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The 29-year-old - the dominant player of the women's game with 10 successive world titles to her name - will head to Sheffield's Ponds Forge in April in a bid to qualify for the main event at the Crucible.
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Evans will be one of 128 players to bid to join the game's top 16 in the tournament and she will need to win three matches in order to do so.
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She would become the first women to compete in the World Championship if successful, having become the first woman to qualify for any ranking event last season when she got through to the main stage of the Wuxi Classic in China.
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A new infrastructure introduced by the sport's governing body means that all players seeded outside the top 16 will join the 128, while invitations have been extended to former world champions no longer on the tour and amateur players.
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As such, Evans has been invited to qualify, as have former champions Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis, while James Wattana has also been invited.
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