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World Women’s Rankings – UK Women’s Championship 2019 Update

The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the first time during the 2019/20 season after Reanne Evans made a winning start to the new season with victory at the UK Women’s Snooker Championship 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 Paul Hunter Women’s Classic and 2017 UK Women’s Championship were removed from the ranking list and replaced by those earned at the Northern Snooker Centre this month.

Evans Extends Lead

Reanne Evans has significantly increased her lead at the top of the world women’s ranking list from 16,850 points to a commanding 24,350 points following her record ninth victory at this year’s UK Women’s Championship in Leeds.

With both players defending the same amount of points from the corresponding time period two years ago, victory for Evans combined with On Yee not competing in this year’s event results in a net gain of 7,500 points for the reigning world champion.

From now until the end of the season both players have a similar amount of points to come off their totals after the leading pair dominated the 2017/18 season and so Evans is now well-placed to retain the top ranking for the foreseeable future.

The Top 10

Away from the top two, Laura Evans has leapfrogged Maria Catalano into fifth position, despite Catalano reaching her first ranking final in 18 months last weekend. This is because she was defending 8,550 ranking points from both the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic and UK Women’s Championship events in 2017, while Evans missed the German event in 2017 and so had just 3,750 to be removed from her total this week.

Nevertheless, with the majority of her total points to be removed over the coming season following a difficult period for Catalano off the table, her final run this week is a timely boost as she looks to retain her top eight ranking.

Also on the rise inside the top 10 is Hornchurch youngster Emma Parker, who climbs one place to a career-high eighth position after she reached the quarter-finals of the season-opening event in Leeds. With relatively few points to defend from two years ago compared to those ranked immediately above her, there is every chance that the 20-year-old can make further gains still over the next few months.

On the Rise

Elsewhere, there were gains for Hong Kong’s Jaique Ip Wan In who climbs four places to 13th, while players including Jackie Ellis and Connie Stephens are up to new career-highs of 16th and 21st positions respectively.

Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong is also up four places to 26th after she reached her maiden ranking event semi-final in Leeds and with no points to defend from her total during the remainder of the season will be targeting further gains over the next few months.

There is a new career-high of 35th for 13-year-old Zoe Killington after she reached the last 16 stage for a first time, representing a gain of 10 places, while  Chrissy Allwood jumps to 45th and debutants Jodie Lockett, Mariia Shevchenko and Hind Bennani are all up to tied 64th after reaching the knockout rounds.

Under-21 / Seniors

Victory for Emma Parker sees her successfully retain top spot on the Under-21 ranking list, with runner-up Steph Daughtery remaining on her heels in second position. Former world under-21 champion Nutcharut Wongharuthai climbs one place to third after 2017 runner-up Shannon Metcalf was unable to defend her points last weekend due to a knee injury.

Meanwhile the new Seniors rankings announced earlier this summer reflects the results of last weekend’s side-tournament with Jan Hughes becoming its first number one after her title triumph in Leeds.

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 Australian Women’s Open from 17-20 October 2019.

Cue Sports Yorkshire Supports Women’s Snooker

World Women’s Snooker (WWS) is today pleased to announce that Cue Sports Yorkshire will become our latest tour partner for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Formed in 2017 by our current world number three Rebecca Kenna and her husband Ash, the Keighley-based company offers a wide range of cues, cases and accessories for players of all cue sports across West Yorkshire and beyond.

The store is also the home of one full-size snooker table, allowing customers to try products immediately and is used by Rebecca (who in 2018 qualified as a WPBSA World Snooker Level 2 coach), to deliver coaching lessons and for her own practice in between tournaments.

Cue Sports Yorkshire will be featured on our website as a tour partner and during the season on our social media platforms.

Rebecca Kenna said: “On behalf of Cue Sports Yorkshire I am really happy that we will be able to support the World Women’s Snooker Tour during this season.

“I have always been passionate about cue sports and since joining the WWS circuit in 2016 I have never looked back. I have met some fantastic people and enjoyed competing in events around the world, as well as taking the opportunity to become an accredited coach and of course also being able to provide a high-quality service to all players at Cue Sports Yorkshire.

“The WWS circuit has grown significantly during the past three years, only last month I was able to play at the Crucible Theatre for the first time at the Women’s Tour Championship and therefore I am pleased that Cue Sports Yorkshire is able to support its aim of getting more women and girls on the baize.”

Learn more about Cue Sports Yorkshire online HERE.

View all of our Tour Partners HERE.

UK Women’s Championship 2019: Tournament Information

Tournament information for this weekend’s UK Women’s Snooker Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds is now available:

Please note that due to the significant increase in entries for this weekend, the event will be played under a different format to normal in order to ensure that play on each day can be completed in a timely manner.

  • The top eight seeded players have been seeded straight through to the last 16.
  • The remaining 24 players have been allocated to eight round-robin groups, with one seeded player per group.
  • The top two players from each group will progress and meet in a last 24 round for the right to join the top eight seeds in the last 16.

The UK Women’s Championship is our first ranking event of the 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour season as the competition returns to Leeds for its fifth consecutive year.

With reigning champion Ng On Yee absent this year all eyes will be on eight-time champion Reanne Evans who will be looking to emerge victorious at the event for the first time since 2016 and maintain her 100% undefeated record on the women’s circuit dating back to last October’s Australian Women’s Open.

There is a bumper field for this year’s tournament with 34 individual players set to compete across the weekend, including an impressive nine who are set to make their tour debuts. The draw and format will be released later this week (approx Wednesday).

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

New Women’s Seniors Rankings

World Women’s Snooker (WWS) is today pleased to announce the creation of a new world ranking list for women players over-40 from the start of the 2019/20 season.

To be run alongside the existing main world rankings and under-21 rankings, the decision to introduce a third ranking list follows a significant increase in entries to the seniors tournaments held at WWS events during the past 12 months.

Mandy Fisher, WWS President said: “It has been fantastic to the growth of our seniors competitions at tournaments in recent times, with old friends like Jan Hughes and Jane O’Neill picking up their cues again after some time away, as well as newcomers joining the tour for the first time.

“It was therefore an easy decision to establish a new ranking list for our over-40s to sit alongside our junior rankings and I am sure that the competition to become number one will be fierce over the months and years to come!”

The first WWS Seniors Rankings will be published following next month’s UK Women’s Snooker Championship and will be based upon results during the Seniors competition to be contested during the weekend.

Entries for the event are still open here: https://www.womenssnooker.com/tournament-entry/uk-womens-championship-2019-leeds-england/

Women’s Snooker to Return to Australia

The Australian Women’s Snooker Open will return to Sydney from 17-20 October 2019 following its successful first staging last season.

Organised by the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) and World Women’s Snooker (WWS), the event will again be staged at the Mt Pritchard District and Community Club, known as ‘Mounties’ in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

Won last year by Ng On Yee of Hong Kong, the event will be recognised as the second ranking event of the 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour season and carry full ranking status. The tournament will be sponsored by Mounties and the ABSC, with a total prize fund of AUD$10000, to include a top prize of AUD$4000 for the champion.

Last year’s event was well-supported as 24 women from five countries competed, including the world’s top two ranked players Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee. In addition to claiming the inaugural event title with victory against compatriot Katrina Wan, On Yee also marked the occasion by compiling a high-break of 139 – her highest ever in competition and one of seven century breaks across the event in total.

As well as international players, the event also proved popular with women players from across Australia, with Jessica Woods progressing furthest as she reached the quarter-finals at her first WWS event in over two years. At the time of writing Woods is one of an impressive 17 Australian players on the current world ranking list, a total bettered only by England (31) demonstrating the important role that the region has to play in the future of women’s snooker.

Mandy Fisher, WWS President said: “I am delighted that the World Women’s Snooker Tour is to return to Australia following the success of last year’s inaugural tournament. Once again I would like to express our thanks to Frank Dewens and his team at the ABSC and hope that players from Australia and beyond will continue to support this fantastic event.”

Frank Dewens, ABSC President said: “Once again it is a great pleasure in hosting this prestigious event and seeing the best women snooker players in the world. We in Australia are excited to have the opportunity to put our women players up against the world’s best and allow them to test their skills and further their careers. We are opening up our country not only to women players but considering staging other events such as seniors, juniors and one day hopefully returning the Goldfields Open. I look forward on this occasion to seeing the world’s best women players and inviting them to enjoy the hospitality we put on offer.”

The event will be available to enter soon at the ABSC website: absc.com.au/online-entries

For more information about Mounties visit their website: www.mounties.com.au

View our latest confirmed events for the 2019/20 season: www.womenssnooker.com/events

UK Women’s Championship – Entry Open

We are now accepting entries for the 2019 UK Women’s Snooker Championship, to be held at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, England from 14-15 September.

Won last year by Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, the event will include a main tournament, as well as side-events for Under-21 and Seniors players should sufficient entries be received. 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.

The closing date for entries and payment of entry fees is 4:30pm BST on Friday 6 September 2019.

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

Home Leisure Direct to Partner World Women’s Snooker Tour

World Women’s Snooker (WWS) is today pleased to announce that Home Leisure Direct will become a tour partner from the start of the 2019/20 season.

The agreement will see the Home Leisure Direct logo appear on our Tour Partners section and featured on our social media feeds during the course of next season.

Established in 2007, Home Leisure Direct has established itself as the UK’s premier Games Room Specialist and offers the world’s finest games room products at market-leading prices. Based in South Gloucestershire, the company offers multi-award-winning customer service from a specialist team, covering both domestic customers and also commercial premises with the very latest products, including contactless payment pool tables.

Matt Huart, WWS director said: “We are delighted to welcome Home Leisure Direct as a tour partner for the 2019/20 season. The last 12 months have seen unprecedented growth for women’s snooker with new events staged in Belgium, Australia and last month our biggest World Championship for a generation in Thailand. Further support such as this will only help us to continue providing new opportunities for women and girls across the world to be able to play snooker.”

A spokesman for Home Leisure Direct said: “At Home Leisure Direct we are passionate about cue sports and support many different facets of the game. When the opportunity arose to be involved the Women’s Snooker Tour we jumped at the chance. We are excited to see the tour grow and develop in the coming year.”

Learn more about Home Leisure Direct online HERE.

World Women’s Snooker Rankings Review 2018/19

Following her record 12th world title success last week at the Hi-End Snooker Club in Bangkok, England’s Reanne Evans consolidated her grip on top spot in the world ranking list following her incredible six-title season.

But what have been the other significant movements during a season which has seen the total number of ranked players grow from 87 to 129, with an incredible 22 nationalities now represented?

Like the professional World Snooker Tour, the WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2016/17 replaced by those from this season over the past 12 months.

Number one

The big move during the campaign came at April’s Festival of Women’s Snooker in Leeds when Evans reclaimed top spot on the world ranking list for the first time since February 2018 following her double title success at the event.

In fact it is a measure of how strong a season Evans enjoyed that having begun the season some 5,850 points behind Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, she has now ended it with a significant lead of 16,850 points.

With both players having banked a similar amount of points during the 2017/18 season and those points due to be deducted from their respective totals over the course of the coming 12 months, Evans looks well-placed to retain the top ranking for some time to come.

Following her victories at the UK Women’s Championship and the Australian Women’s Open however, On Yee does continue to hold a comfortable second position, the top two having now locked out all of the ranking titles for a second successive season.

The top eight

Behind the top two Keighley’s Rebecca Kenna is up one place to third from her season-start position after she reached two ranking finals before Christmas.

Hot on her heels is World Championship runner-up Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who is the sole new entrant to the top eight from the start of the season, having surged up the list from 17th place a year ago. The 19-year-old now has a real chance to close the gap to the top three with no points to be removed from her total until 2020 because she did not compete during the opening half of the 2017/18 campaign.

Down two is Maria Catalano following a difficult campaign undoubtedly affected by off-table issues including the passing of her father last year, with Wales’ Laura Evans a place behind with quarter-final runs at the Women’s Masters and Belgian Women’s Open her best performances.

Suzie Opacic remains in seventh position with a semi-final run at the Women’s Masters representing her best performance, while Australian Women’s Open Katrina Wan is down two to eighth having not competed since her run in Sydney.

On the rise

Poised to join the elite top eight next season is Hornchurch youngster Emma Parker, up six places to ninth following a career-best season and now well within striking distance of Wan above her who is not currently competing on the Tour.

Also moving up is Wakefield’s Steph Daughtery who claimed back-to-back Challenge Cup victories mid-season, while Thailand’s Waratthanun Sukritthanes finished the campaign up in 15th position despite only competing at the Festival and World Championship events at the end of the season.

In fact it was quite a year for Thai players as both Ploychompoo Laokiatphong and Baipat Siripaporn both soared up the list, Laokiatphong up into the top 30 having only made her Tour debut last September, with Siripaporn right behind her in 31st after reaching the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time.

Belgium’s Wendy Jans also became an increasingly familiar face, competing in three ranking events and reaching the semi-finals of each to vault 19 places up the list into the top 16.

The future

While Reanne Evans will take some stopping at the top of the rankings, behind her there are a number of players with positive momentum who have fewer points to defend than those around them.

Already mentioned above, Nutcharut Wongharuthai will have her sights set on the top three while others placed higher on the unofficial one-year list for the 2018/19 campaign, than their positions on the official two-year ranking list include Emma Parker (5th), Wendy Jans (7th), Steph Daughtery (8th) and Jaique Ip Wan In (10th).

Conversely, players who could face a drop down the ranking list having earned significantly fewer points than the previous season having missed out on events include Maria Catalano (19th), Diana Schuler (16th), Aimee Benn (26th) and Jenny Poulter (27th).

The 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour is set to begin with the all-new Women’s Tour Championship invitational event at the Crucible Theatre on 17th August, prior to the first ranking event, the UK Women’s Championship a month later in Leeds. Further details of additional events will be announced soon.

World Women’s Rankings – Festival of Women’s Snooker 2019 Update

Reanne Evans has returned to the top of the official world women’s rankings following this season’s latest update after the Festival of Women’s Snooker earlier this month.

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 Festival of Women’s Snooker were removed from the ranking list and replaced by those earned at this year’s corresponding event held in Leeds.

Evans back on top

Reanne Evans has leapfrogged Ng On Yee to return to the top of the world women’s ranking list for the first time in 14 months following her title double at the Festival of Women’s Snooker in Leeds.

By winning both the World Women’s 10-Red and 6-Red titles for a second consecutive year, 33-year-old Evans secured the maximum 10,000 ranking points from the weekend. Combined with the removal of points from the Festival in 2017 at which it was On Yee who claimed both titles, it is now Evans who leads the way by 6,750 points with the opportunity to potentially extend her lead further at the upcoming World Women’s Championship in June.

The top 10

The other big mover inside the top 10 is Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who climbs four places to a new career-high of fourth position after she reached her third career ranking final, losing out to Reanne Evans in the title match of the World Women’s 6-Red Championship in Leeds.

Having not competed in the event two years ago, ‘Mink’ had no ranking points to defend at this revision and took full advantage to move above Maria Catalano, Katrina Wan, Laura Evans and Suzie Opacic.

With only Evans, On Yee and Keighley’s Rebecca Kenna above her, it will now be interesting to see whether the 19-year-old can gain ground on the top three over the coming months.

On the move

Elsewhere there are new career-high positions for Wakefield’s Steph Daughtery (11) and Waratthanun Sukritthanes (12) of Thailand just outside of the top 10, while Jackie Ellis is also up into the top 20 for the first time in 19th position.

Other players to have broken new ground are Hong Kong duo Pui Ying Mini Chu (17) and Yeeting Cheung (21), while Connie Stephens rises five places to 27th and Thailand’s Baipat Siripaporn is also up into the top 30 for the first time.

Another Thai player to make a significant move is 16-year-old Ploychompoo Laokiatphong, up 16 places to 42nd following a weekend which also saw the rising star claim the World Women’s Under-21 Championship title and finish as runner-up in the pairs tournament alongside Siripaporn.

Under-21

Hornchurch star Emma Parker remains at the head of the Under-21 ranking list after she reached the semi-finals of this year’s World Women’s Under-21 Championship in Leeds.

There is however a change behind Parker as Steph Daughtery has overtaken above Leeds-based Shannon Metcalf (who was defending final points from the same event in 2017), to move into second position.

Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong rises five places to eighth following her maiden junior title success at the Northern Snooker Centre, with room to gain further ground having only competed in two events so far during her short career.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return with the invitational Women’s Snooker World Cup and ranking World Women’s Snooker Championship tournaments from 17-23 June 2019.