Category: Belgian Open

WWS Retains Key Venues For 2020/21

World Women’s Snooker (WWS) is today pleased to be able to announce the renewal of our agreements with several key venues which will remain a part of the World Women’s Snooker Tour for the 2020/21 season.

Following a successful first half of the current season which has seen five events staged and several new players join the circuit, we can already confirm that we will be returning to each of the venues visited so far this season over the next 12 months.

England

Our two English stops prior to Christmas will therefore see the tour return to the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds and Frames Sports Bar in London for prestigious ranking events.

Home of the UK Women’s Snooker Championship since 2015, the Northern Snooker Centre has provided significant support to women’s snooker for many years and will retain the event in its now traditional September slot.

The tour will also return to the capital and Frames Sports Bar for the Women’s Masters after the event was successfully staged there last November for the first time and received strong support from owner Tony Thompson and his team at the venue.

Australia

Won in previous years by Ng On Yee of Hong Kong and earlier this season by Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai, the Australian Women’s Open will once again be held at the Mounties Club this October in Sydney, Australia.

Providing players in the Oceania region with an opportunity to become a part of the World Women’s Snooker Tour, the event will remain an integral part of our calendar as we continue to develop women’s snooker in Australia and beyond.

Belgium

After our hugely successful visit to The Trickshot Snooker Club in Bruges earlier this month we are also pleased to confirm our return to the venue in February 2021.

Having seen a 50% increase in event entries from 2019 the event has established itself as an easily accessible and popular stop on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Additional events

The full World Women’s Snooker Tour calendar for the 2020/21, to include further events such as the 2021 World Women’s Snooker Championship, will be published in due course.

We are currently inviting interest from new venues to stage events which will form part of the proposed new Women’s Challenge Series of events. For more information about how your club can stage a WWS event and our requirements please click HERE.

2020/21 Provisional Dates So Far:

12-13 September 2020

UK Women’s Snooker Championship – Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England

10-13 October 2020

Australian Women’s Open – Mounties, Sydney, Australia

21-22 November 2020

Women’s Masters – Frames Sports Bar, London, England

5-7 February 2021

Belgian Women’s Open – The Trickshot, Bruges, Belgium

All dates are provisional and subject to change.

World Rankings – Belgian Women’s Open 2020 Update

The official world women’s rankings were updated for the first time this calendar year following Ng On Yee’s triumph at the Belgian Women’s Open last weekend.

The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2017/18 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision points earned at the 2018 British Open were replaced by those earned at this year’s Belgian Women’s Open.

There are now over 150 players from 29 countries currently ranked on the circuit after a further eight new players joined the tour in Bruges.

Evans Retains Advantage

Following her title victory in Bruges, Ng On Yee of Hong Kong, China has closed the gap to England’s Reanne Evans at the top of the world rankings, but it is the 12-time world champion who retains a significant advantage with two events still to be played this season.

Having entered the tournament with a lead of 22,850, runner-up Evans has seen her lead trimmed to 17,900, with the points from her British Open triumph in February 2018 replaced by those earned this week in Belgium.

With On Yee set to defend a significant amount of points over the next six months however, the victory is nevertheless important to her as she looks to keep hold of second position ahead of the ever-improving Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who missed out on the chance to close the gap following her semi-final defeat to On Yee last weekend.

The Top Ten

While the top four remains unchanged, there have been a number of movements elsewhere within the world’s top 10.

Despite her quarter-final defeat to Nutcharut Wongharuthai, five-time former world finalist Maria Catalano rises one place to fifth position ahead of Welsh cueist Laura Evans.

It was also another strong weekend for 20-year-old Emma Parker, who reached the semi-finals of a ranking event for only the second time in her career and is rewarded with a new career-high ranking of number 7 ahead of Suzie Opacic who drops one position to eighth.

Rounding out the top 10, home player Wendy Jans climbs five places to number nine, her last 16 run allied to the fact that she did not compete in the corresponding event two years ago meaning that she gained points relative to a number of players around her on the ranking list. Similarly Thailand’s Waratthanun Sukritthanes also moves up on place into the top 10 for the first time, despite not having competed this weekend in Bruges.

Notable Moves

Outside of the top 10 there were notable gains for a number of players who were competing at the weekend, including Chloe White who moves up three positions to a career-high 21st in the rankings, while Belgium’s Caty Dehaene is up 10 places to 37th after finishing third in her round-robin group.

Also ascending the list are several players who have joined the circuit this season including Chucky Preston (43), Harriet Haynes (48), Bennani Hind (55) and Kate Le Gallez (56). Our most notable new entries are 15-year-old Albina Liashcuk of Belarus and Belgium’s Belinda Focquaert, who are straight in at 74th position after both players progressed to the last 16 on their return to the circuit.

Under-21 / Seniors

Emma Parker remains at the head of the Under-21 ranking list following her sixth career Under-21 victory ahead of Nutcharut Wongharthai, who Parker edged out in the semi-finals. Runner-up Albina Liashcuk is a new entry at 11th following a sensational run which including wins against English pair Steph Daughtery and Chloe White.

In the new for 2019/20 Seniors ranking list, Belgium’s Caty Dehaene moves straight into fourth position after she successfully defended the title that she previously won 12 months ago with victory against third placed Jackie Ellis. Deahene is one of five new additions to the Seniors rankings following the event.

Please note that for this season ranking points in the Under-21 and Seniors rankings will be awarded in accordance with the new side-events points schedule available HERE.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return with the Festival of Women’s Snooker from 3-6 April 2020. Entries for the event will open shortly.

On Yee On Top In Bruges

Ng On Yee has defeated Reanne Evans 4-2 in a reverse of last year’s final claim her first ranking title of the season at the Belgian Women’s Open in Bruges.

The victory represents a first ranking event triumph of the season for Asia’s number one player and ends a ranking title drought that had stretched back to the 2018 Australian Women’s Open.

World number two On Yee progressed to the semi-final stages with comfortable victories against Albina Liashcuk of Belarus and England’s Steph Daughtery, where she would face third seed Nutcharut Wongharuthai. Having lost her previous three encounters against the Thai youngster, On Yee recovered from 1-0 and 2-1 behind to secure a 4-2 victory with top runs of 71, 60 and 58.

Awaiting her was top seed Reanne Evans, who entered the tournament looking to extend an unbeaten run dating back to October 2018 and capture her third title of the season. Following a 3-0 victory against Harriet Haynes on Saturday evening, the 12-time world champion survived a valiant comeback from compatriot Rebecca Kenna in the quarter-finals to win 3-2, before dispatching Emma Parker in the last four to reach the final.

There it was Evans who would make the stronger start as she claimed the opening frame with an impressive clearance of 76, before On Yee turned the tables by taking two close frames to lead with a top break of 41.

Defending champion Evans responded with a green to pink clearance to level again at 2-2, but from there it was On Yee who added the final two frames to secure a confidence-boosting victory.

“It feels really good to win this title,” said On Yee. “The last time was 15 months ago and I have been questioning myself in the last year because I wasn’t doing so well in tournaments. Of course Reanne, Mink and other players are getting better so I have to improve myself too.”

“I didn’t play well in the first two rounds until I played Nutcharut, then I started to play a bit better. There were a few frames in the final where Reanne was 30-40 in front and I came back which were important.”

“There is a lot of negative news in Hong Kong and around the world so hopefully this is good news for Hong Kong!”

The 29-year-old, who also revealed that she has been suffering from a skin allergy during the past few days, added that despite her previous title drought on tour, that she feels that she is continuing to improve a player.

“I do feel like I am improving from last year but it has not shown in the results,” added On Yee. “I have to still try to do the simple things, trust myself, believe in myself and hopefully the results will follow.”

Victory for On Yee represents not only her first win on tour for 15 months but also her first win against top ranked Evans since the 2017 Eden Masters.

Her success sees her join Evans and Nutcharut Wongharuthai as ranking event winners this season and also consolidates her position in second place in the world rankings.

Side-tournaments

Emma Parker claimed her sixth-career junior title with a 2-0 victory against Albina Liashcuk in the final of the Under-21s competition in Bruges. The 20-year-old booked her place in the final with wins against Zoe Killington and Nutcharut Wongharuthai, before seeing off debut finalist Liashcuk who had impressed many at just 15-years-old with wins against Steph Daughtery and Chloe White.

It was a weekend to remember for Belgium’s Caty Dehaene who successfully defended her Seniors title, as well as adding victory in the Challenge Cup side-event to secure a title double.

Her Seniors success came against England’s Jackie Ellis with a 2-0 win, while she won a dramatic contest 2-1 against Northern Ireland’s Chucky Preston to win the Challenge Cup as all three frames were decided by the final black ball.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour returns with this year’s Festival of Women’s Snooker, an event which features five individual tournaments, to be played over four days from 3-6 April 2020 at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England.

Belgian Women’s Open 2020: Tournament Information

Tournament information for this weekend’s Belgian Women’s Open to be held at The Trickshot Snooker Club in Bruges is now available:

The Belgian Women’s Open will be the fourth ranking event of the 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour season and our first in mainland Europe as we return to The Trickshot following our successful first event at the venue last year.

To be held over three days, the event has seen an incredible 50% rise in entries with 36 players set to contest four tournaments, including the main competition and side-events for Under-21 and Seniors players. During a season which has seen a significant interest in new players on the circuit, we are delighted to welcome a further six debutants to the Tour this weekend.

Last year’s final saw world number one Reanne Evans claim the title with a 4-1 win against Ng On Yee in the final, while fellow Englishwoman Steph Daughtery claimed a brace of titles with success in the Under-21 and Challenge Cup tournaments. Belgium’s Caty Dehaene claimed victory in the Seniors competition.

Format

The top two seeds have been seeded straight through to the last 16 stage, with the remaining 33 players drawn in seven round-robin groups of 4/5 players. The top two players from each group will progress to join Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee in the last 16 stage.

There will be live streaming of the event during Saturday and Sunday, available to watch via our Facebook page.

If you have any questions please contact a member of the team via our website or social media.

Belgian Women’s Open 2020: Enter Now

Entries are now being accepted for the Belgian Women’s Open as the World Women’s Snooker Tour returns to Belgium next year.

Won last year by world number one Reanne Evans, the three-day event will take place from 31 January – 2 February 2020 and will once again be played at The Trickshot club, situated in the centre of the historic city of Bruges.

The event will include a full-ranking main tournament contested, as well as side-events staged for under-21 and senior players, won last year by Steph Daughtery and Caty Dehaene respectively. There will also be a Challenge Cup side-event held for players who do not qualify for the knockout stages of the main event.

The closing date for entries and payment of entry fees is 4:30pm GMT on Friday 24 January 2020.

Hotel / Shuttle information

We are pleased to be able to offer a 15% discount on hotel rooms at the Hotel Velotel during the tournament and would like to thank Benoit and his team at the Velotel for their continued support. The discount is only available on bookings made directly through their website and full details can be found within the event entry pack.

We can confirm that a shuttle service will be provided between the Velotel and the venue during the event by club owner Olivier Vandenbohede and his team.

There will also be a shuttle service provided to/from three local airports, again this can be found within the full event entry pack.

Match schedule

As this is a three-day event, where possible we will consider individual requests to schedule group stage matches e.g. late Friday, or Saturday only for players unable to play on Friday.

Please note however that we may not be able to accommodate all scheduling requests and we will not be able to confirm the final format until final entries are known.

World Women’s Snooker Announces 2019/20 Calendar

We are today pleased to announce our provisional calendar of events for the 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour.

As during last season, world ranking tournaments will be held in England, Australia, Belgium and Thailand, with the showpiece World Women’s Snooker Championship set to return to the Hi-End Snooker Club in June 2020.

Crucible return

The season will be launched at the iconic Crucible Theatre in August with the invitational Women’s Tour Championship, as women’s snooker returns to the spiritual home of the sport for the first time in 16 years.

The all-new event will see the top four ranked players including reigning world champion Reanne Evans battle to claim the first silverware of the new season in Sheffield.

Ranking calendar

The ranking event calendar retains a familiar structure to last season with at least seven ranking tournaments to be staged, culminating in the World Women’s Snooker Championship won last month for a record 12th time by England’s Reanne Evans.

Following the hugely successful running of the 2019 event together with our friends at the Hi-End Snooker Club and the Billiard Sports Association of Thailand, we are delighted to be able to already confirm our return to what is a world class venue for next year’s event at this early stage.

We are also pleased to be revisit the Mounties Club with the support of the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council and The Trickshot in Belgium run by Olivier Vandenbohede and his team, following successful competitions for the first time in 2018/19.

Once again, we will also return to the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, England for two events, a venue which has strongly supported women’s snooker for many years.

We hope to be in a position to confirm the venue for the Eden Women’s Masters as soon as possible.

Additional events

In addition to the currently confirmed events we are continuing to evaluate options for the staging of additional ranking events for the upcoming season and would welcome expressions of interest in hosting an event from venues and national federations.

For more information on our requirements to stage a World Women’s Snooker event please contact us.

Partnership opportunities

With the growth of women’s sport including women’s snooker in recent years there has never been a better opportunity for you or your business to be involved with the World Women’s Snooker Tour by supporting one or more events.

Learn more about the opportunities available to become a tour partner HERE.

Provisional 2019/20 calendar

17 August 2019

Women’s Tour Championship – Sheffield, England

14-15 September 2019

UK Women’s Championship – Leeds, England

17-20 October 2019

Australian Women’s Open – Sydney, Australia

23-24 November 2019

Eden Women’s Masters – Venue TBC, England

31 January – 2 February 2020

Belgian Women’s Open – Bruges, Belgium

3-6 April 2020

Festival of Women’s Snooker – Leeds, England

June 2020 TBC

World Women’s Snooker Championship – Bangkok, Thailand

 

Please note that all dates are provisional and subject to change

World Women’s Rankings – Belgian Women’s Open 2019 Update

The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the first time in 2019 as Reanne Evans claimed her third title of the season at the Belgian Women’s Open last weekend.

The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2016/17 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision, points earned at the 2017 Connie Gough Trophy were removed from the ranking list and replaced by those earned at this year’s event held at The Trickshot in Bruges.

On Yee completes year at the top

Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee has completed 12 months at the head of the world women’s ranking list following her run to the final last weekend in Bruges. In fact, despite losing out to closest rival Reanne Evans in the title match, On Yee has actually extended her lead because she was defending no points at this cut-off, while Evans had 3,200 coming off having reached the semi-finals of the Connie Gough Trophy in 2017.

It is not all bad news for 11-time world champion Evans however as her defeat of the top seed has strengthened her position in top spot on this season’s one-year ranking list with 6,000 more points to her name than On Yee.

With On Yee set to lose 20,000 from her total over the next six months following her flawless end to the 2016/17 season, there is a very real prospect that top spot will change hands before the end of the season with Evans due to defend only the 6,400 points earned by her semi-final run at the 2017 World Championship.

The top 10

Despite the removal of points earned two years ago in Dunstable and the addition of those earned in Belgium, there are no changes of position inside the top 10 this week.

Third ranked Rebecca Kenna finds herself on her own some distance behind the top two, but comfortably clear of Maria Catalano who was defending the maximum 5,000 points having triumphed two years ago at the Connie Gough Trophy and did not compete in Belgium

There is in fact a close battle for fourth place with just 2,525 separating Catalano, Katrina Wan and Laura Evans, with all three players defending a similar amount of points between now and the end of the season.

Further back, Suzie Opacic is under increasing pressure from Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who having reached the semi-finals or better for the fourth time in five events so far this season, looks destined to continue her surge up the ranking list over the coming months.

Jans on the rise

Among the biggest movers further down the rankings is Belgium’s Wendy Jans as the 12-time EBSA champion rises nine places to 23rd position following her second semi-final run of the season. A stronger player than her ranking would suggest, she will only continue to climb the ranking list with further tour appearances over the coming months.

Also on the rise is Jackie Ellis who climbs two places to a new career-high of 21st position, as well as Dorothee Rapp and Connie Stephens who are up to career-best positions of 31st and 32nd respectively.

Germany’s Tanja Ender also rises one position to 40th despite not competing in Bruges.

There are six new names on the ranking list this week including Jane O’Neill, who made her first appearance on the circuit since 2003, reaching the last 16. Both Vicky Shirley and Danielle Findlay fall off the list having not competed in over two years now.

Under-21

There is a change at the top of the Under-21 ranking list as with Shannon Metcalf absent from the tournament, a semi-final run from Emma Parker was enough to see the Hornchurch youngster reclaim the number one junior ranking for the second time this season.

Steph Daughtery, who captured the title in Bruges with a brilliant win against Nutcharut Wongharuthai consolidates third position, with her Thai opponent rising into the top four for the first time ahead of Aimee Benn.

Zoe Killington moves up to eighth position after winning her first match at under-21 level against newcomer Anne Kuijpers.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return with the Festival of Women’s Snooker from 12-15 April 2019.

Belgian Double for Evans

England’s Reanne Evans defeated world number one Ng On Yee 4-1 to win the Belgian Women’s Open for the first time last weekend.

The new event was held for the first time at The Trickshot club in Bruges and was the first event of the new year on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Having already enjoyed success in Belgium earlier this season at the European Women’s Masters staged in Neerpelt, Evans was one of the favourites from a strong field which included eight of the world’s top 10 ranked players at the outset.

The 11-time world champion made comfortable progress to the semi-finals with victories against local debutant Vanessa Vermeulen and then world number 7 Suzie Opacic without the loss of a frame.

Awaiting her in the last four was 12-time EBSA champion Wendy Jans, the Belgian star having successfully navigated the group stages with a 100% record and a top break of 60. Meeting for the first time in a WWS competition since the same stage of the 2014 World Women’s Championship, it was Evans who made a fast start with a tournament-high break of 86 to take the opening frame, before Jans won three in a row to move to within a frame of reaching the final on home soil.

Back however came Dudley’s Evans, who capitalised on a missed chance by Jans in frame five and would ultimately win the final three frames, the last with breaks of 49 and 46, to progress to the title match a 4-3 winner.

There she would face top seed Ng On Yee, the Hong Kong player having also made comfortable early progress through the knockout draw before surviving a deciding-frame encounter with rising Thai talent Nutcharut Wongharuthai.

In what was perhaps surprisingly the first encounter of the season between the world’s two highest ranked players, it was On Yee who took the opening frame as she looked to add the title to previous victories at the UK Women’s Championship and Australian Women’s Open earlier this season.

Evans however had other ideas and having levelled the encounter following a close second frame, would ultimately win four in a row with top breaks of 55 and 45 to seal a 4-1 victory.

“I didn’t play great [in the final] but I felt like I had done just enough to win,” said 33-year-old Evans. “I am feeling more comfortable on the table at the moment which is a good sign for upcoming tournaments. It looked like I was going to lose 4-1 to Wendy in the semi-finals but I took my chance to make it 3-2 and after that I think I played quite well to come back, so I was confident going into the final.

“I seem to like playing in Belgium [having already won in Neerpelt earlier this season]. I have been to Bruges before and was looking forward to going back to what is a beautiful place. The people at the club looking after us were great and made us feel welcome. Hopefully we get to go back there in the future.”

The win sees Evans complete a hat-trick of victories this season, adding to her European Women’s Masters and Eden Masters titles in 2018. The win also boosts Evans’ chances of reclaiming the world number one ranking over the coming months, with On Yee set to defend a significant amount of world ranking points this spring.

The event was the fifth ranking event of the 2018/19 season and welcomed a mix of newcomers from the local area, together with returning faces such as Caty Dehaene and Jane O’Neill, the latter competing in her first WWS tournament for 16 years.

WWS would like to express its gratitude to everyone at the Trickshot, in particular owner Olivier Vandenbohede and his team who welcomed the event with open arms and we hope to be able to return in 2020.

Side-events

It was a weekend to remember for Wakefield’s Steph Daughtery after the 17-year-old claimed victory in both the Challenge Cup and Under-21 side-events in Bruges.

Having reached the last 16 of the main event, losing out to Suzie Opacic 3-1 following a close match, she proved to be the scourge of the Belgian players in the Challenge Cup draw as she defeated Milenka Vansteenkiste, Melissa Eens and finally Caty Dehaene without the loss of a frame to secure victory. The win was her second successive Challenge Cup title of the season after she also won the equivalent event at last November’s Women’s Masters.

Perhaps Daughtery’s most impressive performance however was to come in the Under-21s competition as after defeating fellow English junior Zoe Killington in the last four, she then stunned world number 8 Nutcharut Wongharuthai in the final with a 2-0 victory to seal a title double.

The Seniors competition meanwhile saw Belgium’s Caty Dehaene claim her first WWS title following a 2-0 victory against Jane O’Neill of Spain. The veteran player, who last summer finished as runner-up to Wendy Jans at the European Women’s Championship in Bucharest, impressed with a high break of 46 during the weekend and is up into the world’s top 50 following this weekend.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return with the Festival of Women’s Snooker from 12-15 April 2019. The event will see five individual World Championship titles contested across the four days, including Under-21, Seniors, 6-Red, 10-Red and Women’s doubles competitions.

 

Belgian Women’s Open 2019: Draw and Format Released

The draw and format for this weekend’s Belgian Women’s Open is now available:

The event is the fifth event of the 2018/19 World Women’s Snooker Tour season as we return to Belgium following last October’s European Women’s Masters in Neerpelt. The event sees several of the world’s top players including top ranked Ng On Yee, 11-time world champion Reanne Evans and home favourite Wendy Jans among the field.

We are also pleased to welcome six debutants to the event, including five local players who will be competing during the weekend.

Alongside the main tournament there will also be side-events for Under-21 and Seniors players, as well as a Challenge Cup event for players who have been knocked out of the main competition prior to the knockout rounds.

If you have any questions please contact a member of the team via our website.

Belgian Women’s Open 2019: Enter Now

Entries are now being accepted for the Belgian Women’s Open as the World Women’s Snooker Tour heads back to Belgium next February.

The three-day event will take place from 1-3 February 2019 and will be played at The Trickshot club, situated in the centre of the historic city of Bruges.

Following victory for Reanne Evans at the European Women’s Masters back in October, the event marks our second trip to Belgium during the 2018/19 World Women’s Snooker Tour, which once again will see a full-ranking event staged, as well as side-events staged for under-21 and senior players.

The closing date for entries and payment of entry fees is 4:30pm GMT on Friday 25 January 2019.

Hotel / Shuttle information

There is an agreed rate in place with the Velotel Hotel Bruges (although players are free to stay at any hotel) and we are hoping to provide a shuttle service between this hotel and the venue during the event.

There will also be a shuttle service provided to/from three local airports courtesy of club owner Olivier Vandenbohede and his team.

For full hotel/shuttle information download the full event entry pack here.