Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan joined an elite group of players to lift the Mandy Fisher Trophy and become world champion in 2023.
Also known as Baipat, the talented 23-year-old defeated China’s Bai Yulu 6-3 in the final to achieve the biggest success of her career to date and secure a place on the professional World Snooker Tour for the first time from the start of the 2023/24 season.
Victory saw her become the second player from Thailand to become world champion, just a year after compatriot Mink Nutcharut lifted the title in England. She also joined the world’s top 10 ranked players for the first time in her career.
Success against Yulu crowned a week that had seen her top a round robin group that featured five-time finalist Maria Catalano, before she overcame world number five Jamie Hunter, Bayarsaikhan Narantuya of Mongolia and defending champion Nutcharut 5-2 to reach the title match.
The victory followed her run to the final of the Asia-Pacific Women’s Snooker Championship a month earlier, which saw her lose out to another Thai player in Ploychompoo Laokiatphong.
Prior to her 2023 breakthrough, Baipat had previously lifted the 2019 Women’s Snooker World Cup alongside compatriot Waratthanun Sukritthanes and had reached the semi-finals of the World Championship during the same year.
Baipat also captured the national women’s title in Thailand with victory against Sukritthanes in the final, as well as sensationally reaching the final of the mixed gender equivalent competition, becoming the first woman to do so.
Baipat made her debut on the circuit back at the 2017 World Championship in Singapore, recording a succession of impressive wins against established players Suzie Opacic, So Man Yan and Laura Evans to reach the quarter-finals before losing to defending champion Reanne Evans.
It was not until 2022 that she would become a full-time competitor on tour, reaching quarter-finals at both the Winchester Open and Eden Women’s Masters.