Reanne Evans v Lee Walker: World Championship Qualifier 2017 Preview
Reanne Evans will be looking to claim another huge victory when she faces Lee Walker in the second qualifying round for the 2017 World Championship at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on Sunday.
The 11-time World Ladies' champion caused one of the biggest shocks in snooker history with a remarkable 10-8 victory over three-time qualifier Robin Hull on Wednesday.
Despite falling 4-2 behind, Evans, who narrowly lost 10-8 to Ken Doherty on her previous appearance in 2015, held her own against the Finnish cueist to only trail 8-7 in a very tight affair.
However, she then snatched a close 16th frame on the colours, before dominating the final two frames to claim her first win in the sport's blue-riband event.
Having claimed what she described as the best victory of her career, the 31-year-old now needs just two more in order to become the first woman ever to appear at the Crucible. Standing in her way of a place in the final qualifying round is veteran Walker, who also claimed a surprise win after defeating two-time finalist Matthew Stevens by the same scoreline.
Exactly two decades on from his run to the quarter-finals in Sheffield - his best-ever performance in a ranking event to date - the 41-year-old raced into a commanding 6-1 lead over Stevens, which soon became 7-2. Although he lost the next five frames to be pegged back to 7-7 by the former UK and Masters champion, Walker regained his composure by winning three of the last four to progress.
The world number 91, who last appeared at the Crucible in 2004, is currently in the first season of his two-year card and, therefore, without the pressure of tour survival on his mind, will be feeling fairly relaxed in his bid to end the 13-year wait.
Play at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield gets underway at 2.30pm BST on Sunday, with the opening nine frames of the best-of-19 showdown.