Neil and Mink win the 2022 World Mixed Doubles
30 September 2022
The 2022 World Mixed Doubles, a recent addition to the calendar and the first professional mixed doubles in 30 years, was played in Milton Keynes on 24 and 25 September 2022.
The top four players in the world, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, and Judd Trump, were paired with the four female professional players, Reanne Evans, Rebecca Kenna, Mink Nutcharut, and On Yee Ng. The format was a round-robin, each match consisting of 4 frames, followed by a best of 7 final between the two “top” pairs.
Neil Robertson and Mink beat Mark Selby and Rebecca Kenna in the final. Judd Trump and On Yee Ng came last in the round-robin,
This is what the winners had to say as reported by WST
“In some ways, Mink carried us through to the final because of her performance in our last group match,” said Robertson. “Then that filled me full of confidence tonight because I knew if I made a mistake then she could take her opportunities. I’m really proud of her and it’s an amazing feeling to win.
“I’m sure there are dads and mums out there now thinking of getting their daughters involved in cue sports. It needed something like this to give it that exposure. If you become one of the best women, this is the occasion you could play in. When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was play a match on TV against one of my heroes. Hopefully, this can help give girls the same kind of dreams.”
Nutcharut said: “This is more exciting for me than winning the World Championship. It’s my first time playing with one of the top guys and my first time at a big tournament. It’s important for women’s snooker because so many people watched it in the venue and on television. It’s great experience for me and I want to keep improving.”
The tournament was extremely well received by the fans.