Rochelle Woods (billiards player)

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Rochelle Woods
Born1999 (age 2021)
Sport countryFlag of England.svg  England
NicknameRochy Woods
Best ranking finishRunner up 2015 World Women's Billiards Championship

Rochelle Woods (born 1999), also known as Rochy Woods, is an English player of English billiards. She was runner-up in the 2015 World Women's Billiards Championship.

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Early life

Woods took her GCSEs at Litcham School [1] before going to study for a BTEC award in sports coaching. [2] She has a twin sister called Tiffany [1] and prefers to be known as Rochy rather than Rochelle. [2]

Woods started playing billiards at the age of ten, having been introduced to the sport by her coach Phillip Welham at a taster day. [3] [1] She entered the English Under 16 Billiards Championship in 2013 and lost to the eventual champion James Eyre by 10 points. [4] She prefers to be known as Rochy rather than Rochelle. [2]

Career

In 2015, Woods beat Hannah Green to win the English Girls' Billiards event, [5] and later in the year qualified from the round-robin stage for the final of the World Women's Billiards Championship, held at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds. Emma Bonney won the title for the tenth time, defeating Woods 334–119 in the final. Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds [6]

Woods won the 2016 English Girls' Billiards title by beating Green in the final again. She was also a semi-finalist in the open Junior championship, losing 108–113 to Nathan Boughren. [7] At the 2016 World Women's Billiards Championship, Woods lost all four of her matches, to Bonney, Revanna Umadevi, Gaye Jones and Eva Palmius. [8]

The following year, aged 18 in 2017, Woods gained her fourth national title after defeating Brittany Chambers 152-48 in the final, and was also a semi-finalist in the (open) National Junior Billiards championship. [9] At the 2017 Women's World Championship, she failed to qualify despite recording a 178–166 win over eventual champion Emma Bonney. [10] [11]

Woods was believed to be the youngest ever qualified snooker coach when she qualified in 2015 at the age of 16. [12] [13]

Notable achievements

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponentScoreRef.
Runner-up12015 World Ladies Billiards Championship Emma Bonney 119–334 [6]
Winner22015English Girls' Billiards ChampionHannah Green [5]
Winner32016English Girls' Billiards ChampionHannah Green [7]
Winner42017English Girls' Billiards ChampionBrittany Chambers152-48 [9]

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