Girls’s world quantity 4 Rebecca Kenna is relishing the possibility to check herself towards the game’s prime stars at Betfred World Championship qualifying subsequent month.
The Yorkshire cueist will be a part of girls’s World Champion Reanne Evans within the draw for Crucible qualifying.
Each gamers have already appeared on the Theatre of Goals on the Girls’s Tour Championship in 2019. On that event, Kenna misplaced out to Ng On Yee within the semis, with Evans choosing up the title.
Kenna is stepping up her preparation for the qualifiers in Sheffield and we spoke to her to learn how she acquired into the game and her ambitions for the long run…
Rebecca, congratulations on the place at World Championship qualifying. Initially, how did you initially get into snooker?
“I began fairly late as I used to play soccer as my foremost sport. I used to be a central midfielder taking part in for my native crew Keighley, which had merged with the crew from Riddlesden. I acquired injured in 2015 and wasn’t capable of play anymore. I wanted an operation on my shoulder after fairly a nasty dislocation. I couldn’t do something strenuous for some time. I actually missed competing throughout that point. I used to be nonetheless capable of play snooker over that interval, so I did that with my dad. He handed away in 2015 as properly. It was a really tough time.
“I used the snooker desk to get my stress away. I began taking part in increasingly more. I competed within the snooker league on the time, however was simply a mean membership participant. Snooker was the primary factor I did with my dad, so after I misplaced him I used to be glued to the desk. I acquired to the stage the place I used to be spurred on to search out tournaments and I found the ladies’s tour in 2016. Since then I’ve by no means appeared again.”
You now personal a cue sports activities store in Keighley referred to as Q Sports activities Yorkshire. How did that come about?
“I realised I used to be really fairly good and doing fairly properly on the ladies’s tour. I wished to stand up to the highest. I actually wished my very own desk, I knew that was the important thing. I used to be in search of a method to try this and I realised there wasn’t a store in my native space. I simply thought it will be a good suggestion to get my very own desk and run it as a store providing cues, instances and issues like that. All of it fell into place as I did my WPBSA teaching badges for stage one and two, so I used to be capable of provide teaching out of the store as properly. All of it got here from that.
“After I first joined the ladies’s tour I used to be a self employed private coach. Now I’ve certified as a coach, acquired my store open and have started build up some shoppers for teaching. As soon as I had a couple of of them, I used to be capable of go away my job as a private coach and focus totally on the store, teaching and snooker. It allows me to be round a snooker desk all the time and as a lot as I would like. It’s actually good and a complete drastic change to my profession path and what I need to obtain in life.”
Regardless of shedding out to On Yee, what was it like competing on the Crucible for the Girls’s Tour Championship?
“There have been so many good alternatives since I began taking part in on the tour. I might by no means have thought it will be potential to get there and to play on the Crucible Theatre. It was completely implausible. I actually hope we are able to get there once more and perhaps have an extended format to essentially showcase what we are able to do. I used to be very nervous this time, so hopefully if I can get there once more then I can hold my nerves in verify.
“It was all very surreal. Enjoying on the ladies’s tour we’re used to noise and tables subsequent to one another. As soon as I sat down and we broke off you possibly can hear a pin drop, I might hear my coronary heart beating and it was so silent. I’ve by no means performed in such silence. It was very unusual, however a implausible expertise.”
Evans and On Yee had been just lately awarded two-year playing cards on the World Snooker Tour. How large can that be for the ladies’s recreation as a complete?
“It’s simply completely implausible information. The ladies’s recreation wanted one thing else. It both wanted a money injection to extend participation or to have the carrot of being on the skilled tour to intention at is huge. It’s going to get us all to place extra hours in, it’ll encourage younger ladies to see them on tv and decide up a cue themselves. I believe it’s implausible and really thrilling for the way forward for the ladies’s recreation.
How a lot are you wanting ahead to the expertise of travelling to Sheffield and competing on this yr’s Betfred World Championship and can you be searching for anybody particularly within the draw?
“I didn’t suppose in one million years I’d get the possibility to be within the World Championship. I’ve been a bit lucky with the pandemic that On Yee couldn’t make it over and I’ve acquired in. One other factor with the pandemic is that my store can’t be open at present, so I’ve been capable of actually put the hours in. I’m going to attempt to actually grasp this chance, put the work in and check myself up towards the professionals.
“I’m not going to be too fussed about who it’s and who comes out within the draw. It could be superb to get Hendry, however I don’t suppose we are able to with the way in which the seedings work. I’m certain whoever I get, they are going to be way more terrified of taking part in me than I can be of taking part in them. It’s an excellent alternative regardless and I do know if I take my probabilities then I might win. I simply must deal with my recreation irrespective of who I’m up towards.”