World Women’s Snooker (WWS) and the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) have announced the cancellation of this year’s Australian Women’s Open due to the continued challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Planned to be held from 2-5 October 2021, the tournament was set to return to the Mounties venue in Sydney which previously saw ranking victories for Ng On Yee (2018) and Nutcharut Wongharuthai (2019).
However, with Sydney currently subject to a stay at home lockdown until at least the end of August in response to a surge of cases of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19, the ongoing uncertainty means that it is difficult for both the ABSC and players to make necessary arrangements for the event in advance.
As a result, in the interests of all parties including the players and sponsors, the difficult decision has been taken to cancel this year’s event. In line with the previously announced amendments to the ranking system, all ranking points earned by players at the 2018 event will be retained for a further two years, or until the next staging of the tournament, whichever is the soonest.
Both WWS and the ABSC will continue to work together with the clear intention of staging a ranking event in 2022.