WOLVERTON cue queen Emma Cunningham regained her World Ladies 8-ball singles title after a six year wait on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old second seed overwhelmed first-time finalist Renata Delahunty 8-2 in the final in Blackpool to pocket the £1,800 top prize.
Both players looked nervous going into final, especially Aussie Delahunty, and the match which followed couldn’t be described as a classic. But that wasn’t the 2005 champion’s concern as she put to rest the ghost of finals lost, after four previous disappointments at the last hurdle all against top seed and pre-tournament favourite Sue Thompson.
“I’m really, really chuffed,” said Cunningham after being reunited with the trophy.
“It was quite a struggle early on as both of us were nervous. All those teenage years when I had no fear are gone,” she laughed.
“People were telling me I was the favourite, but I didn’t see it that way. I knew how well Renata had played throughout the week and the scoreline does not really reflect the match.”
The world number two won five successive frames after 41-year-old Delahunty had pulled the scores back to 3-2.
“I have suffered with nerves throughout my career,” admitted runner-up Delahunty. “Just when you think you’re over them, they come back again.
“I had my opportunities to win it but Emma is a worthy world champion.”
Cunningham’s ladies singles victory has completed a unique treble of World, World Masters and European Championship victories in her career.
“The only one that I haven’t won was the ladies team and we lost 8-7 in the final,” she said.
But Cunningham, an apprentice broadcast engineer, will have little time to celebrate her success as she had to return to university in time to hand in a few outstanding projects.
“I’m doing a degree and have a couple of pieces of work to hand in by next week,” she admitted.
“I brought my books with me to do some studying, but I haven’t done much of that because I kept on winning.
“So it’s back to the real world for me next week.”