Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai achieved her snooker dream in 2022 as she became the 13th player to win the World Women’s Snooker Championship.
Her thrilling 6-5 victory against multiple European Championship winner Wendy Jans saw the 22-year-year-old become only the 13th different champion and the first new winner of the tournament since 2015.
The title also ensured that she would join the professional World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2022/23 season, with the WWS Tour having become an official qualification pathway to the main circuit.
Her talent was evident from the very beginning as she made the event-high break of 90 at the World Women’s Championship in Singapore as a 17-year-old.
During the following two years she would reach four ranking event finals, most notably at the 2019 World Championship in her home country, ultimately losing out to leading star Reanne Evans on each occasion.
Her maiden title would come at the 2019 Australian Women’s Open however as following a 4-2 victory against Ng On Yee in the final, she became the first player other than Evans or Ng to win a world ranking event in over two and a half years.
Her success was enough to see her climb to a career-high ranking of number three. In 2018 she became World Women’s Under-21 champion in Leeds.
In 2022 she claimed her second ranking event title at the British Open, with victories against Jasmine Bolsover, Jamie Hunter, Rebecca Kenna and most notably, world number one Evans, for the first time in her career.
Nutcharut is also known for becoming the first female player to make a verified 147 break during a practice match against Waratthanun Sukritthanes at the Hi-End Snooker Club in March 2019.