Reanne Evans’ bid to become the first female competitor in the World Championship is over for this year.

Evans, the number one woman player in the world, was two wins away from a place at The Crucible after defeating Robin Hull 10-8.

However, a 10-6 loss to Lee Walker at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge means she will not be making history in 2017.

The 31-year-old, who has won the women’s World Championship a record 11 times, trailed 6-2 overnight and was unable to produce a stirring comeback.

The match finally concluded at the end of the evening session, having been taken off the table early at 9-4 in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, 1997 champion Ken Doherty lost 10-4 to Ben Woollaston, ending his qualification hopes and meaning, more significantly, that he follows another fans’ favourite in Jimmy White in losing his tour card for next season.

Dechawat Poomjaeng’s 10-4 defeat to 2006 world champion Graeme Dott also saw the Thai player relegated from the tour.