Reanne Evans is two wins away from the Crucible
Evans, who has won the Ladies' World Championship a record 11 times, came from 8-7 down to stun Robin Hull 10-8 in qualifying last night.
The women's World No.1, will play Welshman Lee Walker next.
Evans met 1997 world champion Ken Doherty in qualifying in 2005 but suffered a narrow 10-8 defeat.
This time, however, she went one better.
Robin Hull fell to a 10-8 defeat to Reanne Evans
This is my best win
"This is my best win," said Evans.
"Robin is an amazing player. I felt really good out there. If I had lost I would had felt even more gutted than a couple of years ago against Ken.
"When it went 8-8 I thought 'oh no, not again' but I stuck in well. I felt nervous but I had them under control."
The World Championship starts on April 15 and runs until May 1.