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Ken Doherty is first obstacle to Reanne Evans 'do or die' bid

By Nick Mashiter

Reanne Evans insists her World Championship bid is "do or die" for women in snooker.

The 29-year-old from Dudley is aiming to be the first woman to qualify for the World Championships in Sheffield this month when she faces former champion Ken Doherty in the first qualifying round.

Evans has won 10 women's world titles and plays Irishman Doherty at Pond's Forge in Sheffield on Thursday.

And, while her profile is dwarfed by the men's game, Evans knows she must take her chance.

"As much as it's brilliant, you get the added pressure. I'm do or die for the ladies. You have to accept it, that's the way it is," she said.

"I hope it all goes in the right direction. "It's going to take time and I'm getting old now, all the wrinkles are showing.

"If I don't get to play (in the main draw), I hope (my attempt to qualify will inspire) the young girls because they need to see a future in the game.

"When I first started playing I didn't even know there was a ladies tour. If I didn't know, and I was into it, how are other people going to find out?

"We just need it public."

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