Category: Eden Women’s Masters

WWS Celebrates Eden Resources Partnership

This November should have seen the eighth staging of the Eden Women’s Masters, a tournament which since its first edition in 2013 has become an established competition held as part of the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Eden Resources (Logo)Although the coronavirus pandemic has forced the postponement of this season’s event until a later date, today we celebrate not only the history of the Eden Masters, but our unbroken seven-year partnership with Singapore-based organisation Eden Resources, led by Chris Chuah.

Without the support of Eden – and Chuah in particular – the staging of several major events during that time would not have been possible. But where did it all begin?

Chuah’s Contribution

Chuah (who is also the President of national governing body Cuesports Singapore), has spoken previously of having been “personally inspired” by the likes of Mandy Fisher, Stacey Hillyard and Allison Fisher during the 1980s and of his subsequent desire to help to raise the profile of women’s snooker through event sponsorship.

An initial agreement saw Eden Resources become the title sponsor of two events during the 2013/14 season, with the Masters and World Championship both receiving significant backing by the company. This was subsequently extended to three events during the following season with the addition of the Eden Classic to the calendar, as well as separate sponsorship provided to individual players.

As of 2020, Eden has now sponsored 13 individual events, most notably the Eden Masters which has been held on no fewer than seven occasions since its inaugural staging in November 2013. The competition has been a particularly happy hunting ground for Reanne Evans who claimed the title for a sixth time most recently at Frames Sports Bar last year, while Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee is the only other name on the trophy having edged out Evans 4-3 in 2017.

Going Global

Eden’s sponsorship of the World Championship continued in 2015 – as On Yee ended the record 10-year winning streak of Evans – and the following year as Evans regained the title, but it was perhaps the staging of the 2017 event which marked a true watershed moment for the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Having been held exclusively within the UK for over 20 years prior, with the support of Chris Chuah, Eden Resources and CueSports Singapore, the decision was taken to stage the tournament at the Lagoon Billiard Room in Singapore for the first time. The event began with the hosting of a once in a lifetime opening ceremony at the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and saw several notable players including world number three Nutcharut Wongharuthai and World Cup winning duo Waratthanun Sukritthanes and Baipat Siripaporn compete on the World Women’s Snooker Tour for the first time.

Following its dramatic conclusion as Ng On Yee defeated Vidya Pillai 6-5 on the pink to claim her second world crown, the event proved to be an overwhelming success and truly demonstrated the international potential of women’s snooker. The Tour has since maintained a strong presence in Asia and Oceania with further events held in Thailand and Australia as the 2017 event laid the foundations upon which we are continuing to build today.

Extended Support

The current climate is without doubt a challenging one as we continue to prepare for a return to competition as the world reacts to the coronavirus pandemic, but we are delighted to confirm that Eden Resources remains committed to sponsoring the Eden Masters when the tournament can be safely held later this season.

With a strong field of entries from 12 different countries having contested last year’s edition, the Eden Masters continues to go from strength to strength and has found a new home at Frames Sports Bar in Coulsdon.

All of us at World Women’s Snooker remain grateful for Eden’s support and we look forward to our continued cooperation in the future to stage more prestigious tournaments for women and girls everywhere.

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 – Eden Women’s Masters 2019 Update

The official world women’s rankings were updated for the final time in 2019 following victory for Reanne Evans at the Eden Women’s Masters 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 2017 Eden Masters were replaced by those earned at this year’s Eden Masters.

Evans Extends Her Advantage

World number one Reanne Evans underlined her status as the number one player in the world by completing the year unbeaten on the World Women’s Snooker Tour with victory in Coulsdon.

Having entered the event with an already commanding lead of 19,100, Evans leads by an impressive 22,850 points after she reversed the final result at this event from two years ago with a 4-2 success last weekend.

With both players set to defend a similar amount of points during the remainder of the season Evans looks virtually certain to remain in top spot for the foreseeable future, while Ng On Yee consolidated second position ahead of Eden quarter-finalist Nutcharut Wongharuthai.

The Top Ten

In fact it was a quiet month in the top ten with no changes of position inside the top eight, the first mover being Germany’s Diana Schuler who returns to the top 10 at the expense of Katrina Wan following her last 16 run in Coulsdon.

The most significant gain was made by Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong, the 17-year-old climbing 11 places to 15th having reached her second semi-final of the season. With no ranking points to defend during the remainder of the season, the talented youngster is well-placed to challenge for a place in the top ten over the coming months.

There are new career-highs for a number of players including Waratthanun Sukritthanes (11), Yee Ting Cheung (17), Connie Stephens (19) and 13-year-old Zoe Killington (34), while debut quarter-finalist Chucky Preston is immediately up to 56th position after her first event.

There are now 145 players currently holding a world ranking, up from 92 just two years ago.

Under-21 / Seniors

Nutcharut Wongharuthai is up to second position in the latest Under-21 rankings after she completed her career ‘triple crown’ of junior titles at the World, UK and Masters events with victory against compatriot Ploychompoo Laokiatphong.

In the new for the season Seniors rankings Jan Hughes retains top spot after she reached the final in Coulsdon, with champion Jenny Poulter moving into second position following yet another success in the over-40s age group.

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 Belgian Women’s Open from 30 January – 2 February 2020. Entries for the event will open shortly.

Evans is the Master in Coulsdon

Reanne Evans won the Eden Women’s Masters title for a record-extending sixth time last weekend following a 4-2 defeat of Ng On Yee in London, England.

Held for the first time at Frames Sports Bar in Coulsdon, the event saw 30 players of 12 nationalities – including each of the world’s top ranked eight players – compete for the third ranking event title of the season following previous competitions in Leeds and Australia.

Current world number one and reigning world champion Evans maintained her 100% record of final appearances at the tournament since its first staging back in 2013 with victories against Wales’ Sharon Lewis, tour debutant Chucky Preston of Northern Ireland and Thai starlet Ploychompoo Laokiatphong in the knockout stages.

Awaiting her in the final was Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, winner of the Eden Masters back in 2017 and who was looking to end a ranking title drought which now dates back to October 2018. She began her campaign with victories against Harriet Haynes, top ranked under-21 star Emma Parker and former world number one Maria Catalano, which notably included a stunning weekend-high total clearance of 135 in the final frame.

It was On Yee who struck first blood in the title match with a break of 50 to take the opening frame before Evans quickly drew level in their race to four.

The following two frames would prove to be significant as both came down to the final black, Evans claiming both to move into a 3-1 lead and one away from yet another ranking event title. On Yee responded with a match-high break of 52 to stay in the match, but Evans was not to be denied her sixth Eden Masters title – also her sixth ranking event success of the 2019 calendar year – as she sealed a 4-2 victory in the following frame.

The win crowns arguably the most successful season of Evans’ career to date which has seen her claim six ranking event titles, including her record 12th world championship crown back in June and the Women’s Tour Championship at the Crucible Theatre in August.

Side-tournaments

Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai claimed her third career Under-21 title with a 3-0 final victory against compatriot Ploychompoo Laokiatphong.

Having previously won both the World and UK Championship titles at junior level the win sees the 20-year-old complete her own personal ‘triple crown’ of Under-21 titles. During the weekend Wongharuthai was also presented with her award for being the WWS Under-21 Player of the Season by Rob Reed of RR Cue Cases, receiving a stunning handmade cue case bearing her name.

In the Seniors tournament it was veteran potter Jenny Poulter who claimed her first silverware of the season following a 2-0 victory against Jan Hughes. Having seen off debutants Annamaria Wilkins and Amanda Cox, the 59-year-old saw off UK winner Hughes to claim glory.

World number seven Suzie Opacic claimed her first WWS title since April 2017 in the Challenge Cup side-event for players who had exited the main competition prior to the quarter-finals following a 2-1 victory against tour debutant Harriet Haynes. Opacic defeated Zoe Killington, Kristina Mladenovic and Jenny Poulter to reach the final before her success against Haynes.

All at World Women’s Snooker would like to thank event title sponsor Eden Resources and our hosts at Frames Sports Bar who have both provided fantastic support for the event.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour returns in 2020 with the Belgian Women’s Open in Bruges from 31 January – 2 February.

Eden Masters 2019: Tournament Information

Tournament information for this weekend’s Eden Women’s Masters to be held at Frames Sports Bar in South London is now available:

The Eden Women’s Masters will be the third ranking event of the 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour season as the circuit moves to Coulsdon for the first time with a field of 30 players set to compete for the final time this calendar year.

It is another strong field comprising 12 nationalities and the world’s top eight players, including defending champion Reanne Evans, who will be looking to win this competition for a record-extending sixth time. The event will also include side-tournaments for our Under-21 and Seniors players. We are also delighted to welcome a further nine players who will be competing in their first WWS event this weekend, taking this season’s total to 28 new players to the tour from just three events.

The top two players from each of the seven round-robin groups will join top seeds Evans and 2017 champion Ng On Yee in Saturday evening’s last 16 stage.

It is anticipated that there will be live streaming of the event from the start of the quarter-finals on Sunday via our Facebook page.

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

World Rankings – Australian Women’s Open 2019 Update

The official world women’s rankings were recently updated for the second time during the 2019/20 season after Nutcharut Wongharuthai claimed her first ranking event title at the Australian Women’s Open last month.

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, no points were removed, with those earned at this year’s Australian Women’s Open added.

Maximum Mink on the Move

Although a number of the world’s top 10 were absent in Sydney, there was a significant move in the top four as Nutcharut Wongharuthai moved above Rebecca Kenna into third place, a new career-high for the Thai youngster. Having entered the event 3,350 points behind Kenna, ‘Mink’ as she is also known more than did enough to break new ground in Australia as she defeated second ranked Ng On Yee in the final to bag the maximum 7,500 points.

With Kenna set to defend semi-final points at this month’s Eden Masters from two years ago, an event which Wongharuthai did not play in, the Thai star is already guaranteed to end the calendar year in at least third position. Next in her sights will be three-time world champion On Yee, with the Hong Kong star mathematically within reach in Coulsdon later this month if Wongharuthai were to go all the way with On Yee losing out early.

While this would appear unlikely, On Yee does have 7,250 more points to defend during the second half of this season than Wongharuthai meaning that we are set for a real battle for the number two spot behind runaway world number one Reanne Evans over the coming months.

Notable Movers

Elsewhere, Jaique Ip Wan In returned to the world’s top 10 for the first time since 2017 after reaching the semi-finals in Sydney to become the second highest ranked player from Hong Kong and with fewer points to defend this season than anyone else inside the top 14 will be hoping to consolidate her position over the coming months. There is also a notable rise for another Hong Kong native as Pui Ying Mini Chu climbed to 18th position after her own run in Sydney.

Of the Australian players competing on home soil Judy Dangerfield consolidated her position as the highest-ranked in 28th, while quarter-finalist Jessica Woods moves up to 31st, a gain of seven places. Also reaching the last eight from Australia was Carlie Tait, who improved upon her last 16 run in Sydney a year previously and climbs 27 places to number 42.

Also breaking new ground is Tani Mina of Japan who moves to 51st position, while South Korea’s Jeong Min Park is up to 39th after she reached the quarter-finals.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return with the Eden Women’s Masters from 23-24 November 2019. Enter online HERE.

Eden Women’s Masters – Entry Open

We are now accepting entries for the 2019 Eden Women’s Masters, to be held at Frames Sports Bar in Coulsdon, England for the first time from 23-24 November.

Won last year for a record fifth time by England’s Reanne Evans, the event will include a main tournament, as well as side-events for Under-21 and Seniors players (subject to entries). There will also be a Challenge Cup competition staged on Sunday for players who have already been knocked out of the main competition prior to the final day.

As was the case last season, to encourage new and returning players to pick up a cue and try the competition, we will continue to offer free entry to the main competition for women who have not competed at a WWS event during the past three seasons i.e. since the start of the 2016/17 season.

Hotel

Courtesy of our hosts at Frames there is a special hotel rate available at Coulsdon Manor Hotel for the duration of the tournament as follows:

  • Friday 22 November – £85.00 per room bed and breakfast (maximum two people)
  • Saturday 23 November – £85.00 per room bed and breakfast (maximum two people)
  • Sunday 24 November – £70.00 per room bed and breakfast (maximum two people)

To claim the discount, please call the hotel on 020 8668 0414 and mention ‘Frames Sports Bar’ when booking.

The closing date for entries and payment of entry fees is 4:30pm BST on Friday 15 November 2019.

Frames Sports Bar to Host Eden Women’s Masters

World Women’s Snooker (WWS) is today pleased to announce that this season’s Eden Women’s Masters will be held at Frames Sports Bar in Coulsdon for the first time.

The prestigious event, won for a fifth time by world number one Reanne Evans last year, will be the third ranking competition of the 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour season and the final WWS event of the calendar year.

Home to several professional main tour players including Jimmy White, Marco Fu and Alexander Ursenbacher, Frames is a member of the 147 Club affiliation scheme by the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards, and boasts an impressive 15 full-size snooker tables, including six match tables. The playing area is fully air-conditioned and all tables are equipped with modern snooker lighting to provide the best conditions possible.

Mandy Fisher, WWS President said: “We are excited to be heading to Frames for this year’s Eden Women’s Masters for the first time. The facilities look to be very impressive and all of us are grateful for the support and hospitality that has been extended to us by Tony and his team already.”

Tony Thompson, owner of Frames Sports Bar said: “We are honoured to be hosting the prestigious Eden Women’s Masters event. The staff and players in the club are all excited to see all the great talent on display. We wish all the competitors the best of luck and may the best player win!”

The full event entry pack will be released soon, with free entry being offered for women and girls who have not competed in an event before, or since before the start of the 2016/17 season.

View this season’s full calendar HERE.

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 – Eden Women’s Masters 2018 Update

The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the final time in 2018 as the season reached its midway point following victory for Reanne Evans at the Eden Women’s Masters last weekend.

The WLBS 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 Eden Women’s Masters (Derby) were removed from the ranking list and replaced by those earned at this year’s event held at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester.

Evans closes the gap

Reanne Evans has closed the gap to Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee to 7,050 points following her record fifth triumph at the Eden Women’s Masters last weekend.

Having entered the event 10,800 points behind her Asian rival, Evans duly maximised her opportunity to home in on the current world number one with On Yee not competing at the tournament.

Interestingly, although she claimed the maximum 7,500 points on offer by taking the title in Gloucester, the gap between the top two has only narrowed by 3,750 points as we head towards the Christmas break. This is because Evans was defending maximum points at the corresponding event in January 2017, while On Yee only reached the quarter-finals of that event in Derby, meaning that she had fewer points to defend at this update.

With 10,400 more points to defend than Evans between now and the end of the season however, On Yee must have a strong finish to the season if she is to retain her number one ranking next summer.

The top 10

Elsewhere there was a new entry to the top 10 as Emma Parker climbs four places to 10th following her maiden semi-final appearance in Gloucester. The 19-year-old replaces Aimee Benn, who herself had a positive weekend reaching only her second quarter-final, but was defending last 16 points from two seasons ago.

With no points to be removed from her total however, having not competed in the corresponding event in January 2017, Parker gains 3,750 points as she continues her rise up the ranking list from 22nd position 12 months ago. In fact only six players have earned more points than her so far this season meaning that if she can maintain her current form then she has a real chance to rise further still.

Otherwise the top 10 remains stable, players including Rebecca Kenna (3), Laura Evans (6) and Suzie Opacic (7) consolidating their positions having all reached the quarter-final stage or better at the Eden Women’s Masters.

Rise and fall

Outside of the top ten, there are career-high positions for Hong Kong trio Ho Yee Ki (12), Fong Mei Mei (17) and Pui Ying Mini Chu (18), who despite not competing in Gloucester have gained positions because they were not defending points from 2017.

Also setting a new high watermark in their respective careers are players including Chloe White (22), who reached her first quarter-final at the weekend and Jackie Ellis (23), after she reached the knockout rounds for the first time.

A little further down the list both Yvette Greenway (39) and Connie Stephens (40) have broken into the top 40 for the first time having also made it through to the last 16, while there are three new entries on the list as the circuit continues to expand.

With players on the rise it is inevitable that others have dropped down the list, most notably So Man Yan (24) who is down seven places following the expiration of her points from reaching the final of the event two years ago.

Others to have slipped down are Jenny Poulter (down four) and notably Vicky Shirley, a quarter-finalist in Derby who has played only one event since which sees her drop to 90th position on the latest list.

Under-21

For the second time in three events there is a change at the head of the under-21 rankings after Shannon Metcalf captured her first Under-21 title to reclaim top spot at the expense of Emma Parker.

Stephanie Daughtery consolidated third position after an impressive win against Parker at the semi-finals stage of Gloucester’s junior event, although she would ultimately finish as tournament runner-up to Metcalf.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return in 2019.