World final agony for Sunderland pool ace Emma Wilkinson

Beaten finalist Emma Wilkinson
Beaten finalist Emma Wilkinson
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Sunderland’s Emma Wilkinson suffered a bad case of deja vu at the Hotel Collection World 8-Ball Pool Championships as her bid to land the first English ladies singles title ended in defeat

For a second successive year, the left-hander had to settle for second best as friend and rival Amy Beauchamp lifted the trophy at Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel.

But there were consoling words for the former European champion, also on the losing side in last Monday’s ladies team final against Northern Ireland.

“Emma will be back,” confirmed Beauchamp after pocketing a £2,500 first prize. “She is a great player and will win multiple titles. Thankfully, it was my day.”

Wilkinson, given a lucky break by her opponent to level at 1-1, stormed 4-2 up before the wheels fell-off.

Beauchamp edged the final frame before the mid session interval and then reeled off four without reply to take the title and become the first English girl since cue all-rounder Lisa Quick, in 2001, to claim the title.

* Former England international Mick Hill became only the second player to win three men’s singles titles with a 10-5 victory over first time Blackpool finalist, Nigel Clarke. Hill, champion in 2004 and 2010, received a £6,000 first prize. England beat Scotland 8-3 to regain their men’s team title.