Category: Masters

WLBS 2018/19 Events News

We are today pleased to be able to announce the first details in respect of next season’s WLBS events calendar with three events now confirmed for 2018/19.

Comprising several world ranking events held across the globe, the World Women’s Snooker Tour will continue to provide opportunities for women to play snooker competitively and provide a pathway to prestigious professional events.

The season will begin with the 2018 UK Women’s Championship, which will return to Leeds this September. The Northern Snooker Centre, which has been a loyal supporter of women’s snooker for many years will also once again host the 2019 Festival of Women’s Snooker next March, with the event to be extended to include the return of the World Mixed Pairs Championship, last held in 2017.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will also return to Gloucester’s South West Snooker Academy in November for the 2018 Eden Women’s Masters, which once again will be sponsored by Eden Resources.

Further tournaments

In addition to these three UK events, WLBS is currently in discussions to host up to a further five ranking event competitions, including the 2019 World Women’s Snooker Championship, outside of the UK during the 2018/19 season.

Further information in respect of these events will be released as soon as possible.

Sponsorship opportunities

WLBS can confirm that exciting sponsorship opportunities are currently available in respect of all three UK events, to include title sponsorship for both competitions in Leeds.

If your company would be interested in supporting women’s snooker and taking advantage of the significant exposure that we can offer both locally and online, please contact us using our contact form.

World Women’s Snooker Tour 2018/19 UK Events

On Yee with Masters Trophy

On Yee Masters SWSA

Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee made it a title double in October as she won the Eden Women’s Masters for the first time last weekend in Gloucester.

Having captured the UK Women’s Championship for the third time at the start of the month, On Yee narrowly edged out world number one Reanne Evans 4-3 in the final to add the Masters crown to her growing list of honours at the South West Snooker Academy.

On Yee took two of the first three frames during the final, with four-time defending champion Evans claiming the second with a run of 50. The 11-time world champion had already survived a real scare from Maria Catalano in the semi-finals as she came back from 2-0 down to come through in a decider and she looked on for a repeat in the final as she then won back to back frames to move one from victory at 3-2.

A topsy-turvy final was to have another twist however as On Yee compiled a match high break of 64 to force a deciding frame, which she would eventually win with a clearance to the pink to snatch victory.

Mini Chu with Stuart Barker

The success caps a career-year for the 26-year-old who has now won five ranking titles on the World Women’s Snooker Tour in 2017. Having captured the World Women’s Championship in Singapore back in March, she then added world titles in the six and ten red events in Leeds a month later, before taking back to back crowns in October.

She will now also close the gap to just 1,550 points when the official WLBS ranking list is revised this week and with significantly fewer points to defend during the remainder of this season compared to Evans, now has a strong chance of claiming the top ranking for the first time in her career early in 2018.

Evans would at least finish the event with the high break following her spectacular total clearance of 139 during her last 16 victory against Claire Edginton on Saturday. The break was her third highest ever in competition, having twice previously compiled a break of 140.

Chloe White presented with trophy by Mandy Fisher

Side events

As well as the main competition in Gloucester, the Challenge Cup also saw victory for Hong Kong as Pui Ying Mini Chu defeated compatriot Yee Ki Ho 3-0 in the final to capture her first silverware on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

There were successful title defences in both the Under-21 and Seniors events meanwhile as Chloe White defeated recent UK Under-21 champion Emma Parker 3-2 to claim her second Women’s Masters trophy, while Jenny Poulter ran out a 3-1 winner against WLBS first-timer Jackie Ellis to retain her title.

Photo of South West Snooker Academy

New Venue for Women’s Masters

This season’s Eden Women’s Masters will be staged at Gloucester’s South West Snooker Academy for the first time this October.

The venue, which boasts ten high quality tables and has previously hosted events including World Snooker and World Disability Billiards and Snooker competitions, will play host to the third event of the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour on 28-29 October 2017.

The event marks the first World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) ranking event to be held at the venue and is set to see number one player Reanne Evans launch her bid for a record fifth Masters crown. Her most recent victory came back in January when she claimed the title without the loss of a single frame.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “We are excited to be able to bring the World Women’s Snooker Tour to Gloucester this season and in particular a venue with the facilities of the South West Snooker Academy.

“During the past 12 months we have seen significant growth in women’s snooker with increased prize money, entry for two women players to this month’s IWGA World Games and of course Reanne Evans’ brilliant victory against Robin Hull at the professional World Championship qualifiers earlier this year.

“This event, once again generously supported by regular sponsors Eden Resources will be another important step in our development and I am looking forward to seeing our players in action!”

Further information including the event entry form will be released in due course.

Provisional 2017/2018 Calendar Announced

The provisional calendar for the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour has today been announced by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS).

Following a landmark previous season which saw ranking events held in Germany and Singapore for the first time, the WLBS has confirmed that the World Women’s Championship will return to Asia for a second consecutive year from 12-18 March 2018

As in 2016, the new season will get underway in Germany, with the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic set to be held from 24-27 August 2017. The early stages of the event will be held at the Ballroom Nürnberg venue, with the final rounds to run alongside the professional Paul Hunter Classic tournament at the Stadthalle.

The event will be followed by the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship, which will once again be staged at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on the weekend of 30 September – 1 October 2017.

The same venue will also host the LITEtask Festival of Snooker on 13-17 April 2018, with players competing for a range of world championship titles across a variety of singles and doubles competitions.

Information as to further provisional events, including the Eden Women’s Masters will be released as soon as possible.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “Over the past few years the World Women’s Snooker Tour, under WLBS, has gone from strength to strength, thanks to the support of the WPBSA and our sponsors Eden Resources, LITEtask and the Northern Snooker Centre.

“Once again we will be travelling around the globe and welcoming players from all nationalities to compete in our world ranking events that have no limitations and are open to any women in the world.”

Provisional 2017/18 WLBS Calendar

24-27 August 2017
Paul Hunter Women’s Classic – Furth, Germany.

30 September – 1 October 2017
LITEtask UK Women’s Championship – Leeds, England

October/November 2017
Eden Women’s Masters – Venue TBC

February 2018
Ranking Event TBC

12-18 March 2018
World Women’s Championship – Asia Venue TBC

13-17 April 2018
LITEtask Festival of Women’s Snooker – Leeds, England

June 2018

Updated WLBS Rankings: January 2017

The latest WLBS world rankings have now been updated for a third time this season following victory for Reanne Evans at the first event of 2017, the Eden Women’s Masters in Derby.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2014/15 season to be removed as this season progresses. Following the Eden Women’s Masters last weekend, points earned from the 2015 Eden Masters (Newbury) have been removed in accordance with the already published points drop-off dates.

As following the previous rankings update after the UK Championship in October, Reanne Evans remains at 68,400 as she has successfully defended the points that she earned two years ago with victory in Newbury. She does however still extend her lead at the top of the list as second placed Ng On Yee was only able to reach the quarter-finals, in comparison to making it to the final back in 2015.

Runner-up So Man Yan climbs one place to 15th, which at first glance may come as a surprise following such a strong showing in Derby. However, having made it to the semi-finals of the corresponding event back in 2015, she in fact only makes a net gain of 1,200 points, moving her above Yana Shut in the list. Importantly however, having not competed during the 2015/16 season due to the birth of her child, she has now consolidated her position and has a real chance to make significant gains over the coming months.

As the only player previously ranked inside the top ten not in action at the weekend, Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva drops two places to fifth, but it was another strong week for Laura Evans who by making the semi-finals climbs three to a career-high position of number six. With the top eight generally seeded into the group stages, this is a timely boost for the Welsh player with the Eden World Women’s Snooker Championship drawing closer.

Falling out of the top eight is Seniors champion Jenny Poulter, who reached the quarter-finals of the Masters back in 2015, but this year fell a round earlier to Vicky Shirley who noweapfrogs her in the rankings as a result.

It was a good week for youngsters Shannon Metcalf and Aimee Benn, who both qualified for the knockout stages to continue moving up the list, while Stephanie Daughtery and Claire Edginton also improved their positions. Ireland’s Paula Judge also continued her rapid ascent by climbing 15 places to 31st having reached the last 16 on her second event back on the circuit.

Finally, Singapore duo Charlene Chai and Regina Toh are new entries on the ranking list at 56th and 59th respectively, as they warmed up for the upcoming World Women’s Championship in their home country.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the Connie Gough Trophy which will take place on 18 February 2017 at the Dunstable Snooker Club.

Reanne Evans and So Man Yan with trophies

Evans Claims Fourth Masters Crown

World women’s number one Reanne Evans captured her fourth Eden Masters title yesterday with a dominant 4-0 victory against So Man Yan in the final.

The 11-time world women’s champion made smooth progress through the draw with victories against Aimee Benn, Vicky Shirley and Laura Evans in the knockout stages without the loss of a frame.

Her opponent, Hong Kong’s So, defeated Rebecca Granger, Suzie Opacic and in the semi-finals compatriot Jaique Ip Wan In (who had earlier defeated second seeded Ng On Yee in the last eight), to reach her second WLBS ranking final following the 2012 Agnes Davies Memorial.

Evans, who earlier in the day had made an event high break of 107 during the quarter-finals, would prove too strong for So in the final however, completing the tournament with an unblemished record of 20 frames won from 20 played.

The title represents her second ranking event success during the 2016/17 season, following victory at the UK Ladies Championship last October and is her fourth Eden Masters crown (2013, 2015×2) since the event was first staged four years ago.

“It always feels great to win a title,” said Evans, who with her first title of 2017 has now won at least one WLBS title during each of the last 14 years. “It was a long day but my game was solid all tournament and I was happy with my concentration throughout the day.

Evans also dedicated the victory to long time WLBS player Michelle Brown, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

“This one is for Brownie, we are all thinking about her and can’t wait to see her back fit and playing again soon. It is another big reminder that all women need to remember to check their breasts regularly because it really could save your life.

“Thank you also to our sponsors Eden Resources who continue to play a big part in support women’s snooker with their backing of this event and the upcoming World Championship in Singapore.”

For So Man Yan despite defeat to Evans, her final run represents another strong event following her return to the circuit at the previous event in Leeds, where she claimed the Challenge Cup title. She is now set to climb further up the rankings from her current position of 16th when the list is revised following the tournament.

Side events

The Challenge Cup tournament in Derby saw an all-Singaporean final as former Eden Classic semi-finalist Charlene Chai defeated Regina Toh 3-0 to claim her first WLBS title. She had previously beaten Chrissy Allwood, Sharon Lewis and Diana Schuler to reach the final, before taking victory in the decisive match.

Both Chai and Toh will next be in action at the Eden World Women’s Snooker Championship, which will be held in their home country from 13-19 March 2017.

Portsmouth’s Chloe White claimed her first under-21 title with a 3-2 victory against Shannon Metcalf. White, who competed in her first WLBS tournament at the UK Ladies Championship earlier this season, won a tense deciding frame on the final pink for victory and was presented with her trophy by WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson.

The Seniors competition was won by Jenny Poulter, who won her repeat final with Sharon Kaur following their meeting at the UK Ladies Championship.

The next tournament of the 2016/17 WLBS Women’s World Ranking Series will be the Connie Gough Trophy, which will on 18 February 2017 at the Dunstable Snooker Club.