Category: Paul Hunter Women’s Classic

Reanne Evans wins in Germany

Updated WLBS Rankings: August 2017

The official WLBS world women’s ranking list has now been updated following Reanne Evans’ victory at the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic last weekend.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2015/16 season to be removed during the course of this season. With no corresponding event played in 2015, no points have been removed for this cut-off, with points gained in Germany now added to player’s totals.

Evans consolidates

Following a hat-trick of victories for Ng On Yee towards the end of last season at the World Championship and Festival of Women’s Snooker, the Hong Kong star had closed to within 5,300 points of long-time number one Reanne Evans at the top of the ranking list.

Victory for Evans in Germany however sees her extend her advantage by 1,500 points, with the gap possibly set to widen further following next month’s UK Women’s Championship where On Yee will be defending maximum points following her Leeds victory in 2015.

Rebecca Kenna plays snooker

Top six pull clear

With five of the top six in action at the quarter-finals stages in Fuerth, there is now a gap of some 4,525 points from sixth placed Wan Ka Kai, to the likes of Tatjana Vasiljeva, Suzie Opacic and Jaique Ip Wan In, the trio having not competed in Germany.

There is a new career-high ranking for semi-finalist Rebecca Kenna, who rises one place to fifth position and with no points to defend for the remainder of the year will have fourth placed Laura Evans in her cross hairs over the coming months.

So Man Yan in action

On the rise

One player who looks well-placed to make significant progress up the ranking list over the coming months is Hong Kong’s So Man Yan, now up to 12th following her semi-final run in Germany. With no ranking points to defend during the remainder of the season, it will be all gain for her over the coming months and she is now within striking distance of the top 10.

The newest entry to the top 10 is Germany’s Diana Schuler, who breaks into the group for the first time at the expense of Sharon Kaur following her last 16 run at the weekend. Fellow German Diana Stateczny also made significant progress at the weekend by reaching the quarter-finals, meaning that she climbs six places to number 21.

Junior players Stephanie Daughtery and Aimee Benn both gain one position each to rise to 16th and 19th respectively, while there are three new entries to the ranking list, Sangeeta Hemchand, Anita Seidel and Linda Erben having entered a WLBS event for the first time during the current counting period.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for next month’s LITEtask UK Women’s Snooker Championship.

Evans Claims Women’s Classic in Germany

Reanne Evans has won the 2017 WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic in Germany, defeating Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee 4-1 in the final.

The pair met in what was a repeat of last year’s final at the Stadthalle, having both survived close semi-finals on Saturday evening.

11-time world champion Evans was bidding to claim her her first WLBS ranking title since January and made the stronger start, a break of 59 giving her the opening frame before she won a scrappy second frame to double her advantage.

On Yee however, has earned a reputation on the women’s circuit in recent years for her comebacks in matches and hit back by taking the third to halve the deficit. The defending champion looked all set to level the scoreline at 2-2, only for Evans to force a snooker on the pink and eventually snatch a frame that she never looked like winning with a piece of good fortune on the black ball.

Evans went on to dominate the final frame to complete a 4-1 victory and win her latest WLBS title.

Reanne Evans wins in Germany

“I am happy to win in Germany,” said Dudley’s Evans. “I have always liked going there as the crowds are fantastic. This year it was great to experience the atmosphere at the Stadthalle with having both the the semi-finals and final there, which is good to help promote women’s snooker.

“I felt that I was struggling with my game so to come out as the winner was satisfying. Hopefully there is more of the same to come for the rest of the season!”

The next event on the World Women’s Snooker Tour will be the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship, to be held in Leeds on 30 September – 1 October 2017. Evans will be the defending champion, having captured a record eighth UK crown at the event in 2016. Entries for the event are still open here.

Last 16 Results

Ng On Yee 4-0 Inese Lukasevsaka
Diana Schuler 0-4 Diana Stateczny
Dong Mei Mei 4-3 Linda Erben
So Man Yan 4-0 Manon Melief
Rebecca Kenna 4-0 Aimee Benn
Wan Ka Kai 4-0 Christina Schneider
Maria Catalano 4-0 Stephanie Daughtery
Reanne Evans 4-0 Ramona Kirchner

Quarter-final Results

Ng On Yee 4-0 Diana Stateczny
Fong Mei Mei 2-4 So Man Yan
Rebecca Kenna 4-0 Wan Ka Kai
Maria Catalano 1-4 Reanne Evans

Semi-final Results

Ng On Yee 4-3 So Man Yan
Reanne Evans 4-2 Rebecca Kenna

Final

Reanne Evans 4-1 Ng On Yee

Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee

Eurosport to Broadcast Women’s Classic Final

The final of the WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic will be broadcast live via the Eurosport Player for the first time this Sunday.

Won last year by reigning world women’s champion Ng On Yee, the event marks the start of the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour and sees the best women players in the sport return to Fuerth, Germany hoping to capture the title.

In a landmark move for Eurosport and women’s snooker, Sunday’s climax to the event will be available to watch live on the Eurosport Player from 1:00pm CET, with full commentary provided by former professional world number 3 Neal Foulds.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “This is fantastic news for women’s snooker and another significant step in the development of our sport. Eurosport have made a huge contribution to snooker in recent years and I am delighted that snooker fans will now have the opportunity to watch this year’s final in Germany using their Player service.”

The group stages (view latest results) of the tournament are already underway, with 14 qualifiers set to join the top two seeds Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee in the knockout rounds.

Live coverage of the final will also be available to watch via the WLBS Facebook page.

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Group Stage Draw Released for Paul Hunter Women’s Classic

The draw for the group stages of the 2017 WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic is now available.

The tournament returns to Furth, Germany for a second year from 24-27 August with top stars including Reanne Evans, Ng On Yee and Maria Catalano aiming to lift the silverware at the end of the week.

The trio will be among an international field which includes five of the world’s top six players, including ranking event winners and several of the most promising up and coming juniors on the Tour. In total, nine different countries will be represented, including Germany, the UK, Hong Kong and India.

In a change to the event format this year, the top two seeded players (Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee) have been seeded straight through to the knockout rounds. The remaining 25 players have been drawn into seven round robin groups, from which the top two finishers will qualify for the last 16 stage.

The group stage draw was carried out by World Snooker referee Maike Kessler and tournament director Jurgen Kessler on 12 August 2017, with the top seven ranked players (excluding Evans and On Yee), seeded and kept apart in the draw.

As in 2016, the early rounds will take place at the Ballroom Nurnberg, with the semi-finals and final set to be contested alongside the professional Paul Hunter Classic event by World Snooker at the Stadthalle in Furth.

The tournament is the first event of the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour, organised by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker under the auspices of the WPBSA, snooker’s world governing body.

Stephanie Daughtery

Next Generation Geared For German Trip

As the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic returns to the city of Fürth, Germany later this month, a number of the Tour’s younger players are preparing for their first taste of snooker action outside of the UK.

The tournament will be the first event of the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour and as in 2016, will be headlined by familiar faces including multiple world champions Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee, as well as fellow top 10 players Maria Catalano, Wan Ka Kai and Rebecca Kenna who will all be eyeing a title tilt.

As well as the big names however, the event will also see no fewer than six players aged 18 or under representing the next generation of women’s snooker, five of whom will be travelling from the UK to play in their first ever overseas competition.

Leading the charge will be Wakefield’s Stephanie Daughtery, two-time defending UK Women’s under-21 champion and WLBS world number 17. Set to be among the seeded players at a ranking event for the first-time, Daughtery first began to play at the age of 12 and was introduced to the World Women’s Snooker Tour by her coach Anthony Hebblethwaite back in 2014.

Now 16, Daughtery is already looking forward to her first overseas competition and the chance to gain crucial experience as she looks to achieve her ultimate goal in the sport.

“I am very excited to be able to compete in Germany for the first time!” said Daughtery. “My aim is to one day become world women’s snooker champion and this will be a great opportunity to be able to learn from the top players.

“I hope that being able to experience playing in a different environment will help me to improve my game and am looking forward to being able to watch and compete against some outstanding players during the week.”

Daughtery is looking forward to being joined by players including Aimee Benn and Claire Edginton, both also regular faces at UK based events who will be competing overseas for the first time.

“The social aspect of these events is really important,” continued Daughtery. “Aimee and Claire are my closest friends on the tour so it is great that we will all be able to make the trip together.

Players aged 18 or under at the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic (age in brackets)

  • Lily Dobson (14)
  • Aimee Benn (15)
  • Stephanie Daughtery (16)
  • Emma Parker (17)
  • Linda Erben (17)
  • Claire Edginton (18)

Another of the younger generation who will be making the trip is 17-year-old Emma Parker, who in April claimed victory at the LITEtask World Under-21 Championship for the first time. Unlike Daughtery and her other contemporaries, Parker is a relative newcomer to the Tour having entered her first event at the Connie Gough Trophy back in February.

“I played pool with my dad when I was little,” said Parker. “Where we played there was a snooker table and I always wanted to play but I was too small. Eventually when I was able to play snooker I loved it and became hooked. I have been playing competitively for two years now.

While this will be her first playing experience overseas, the tournament will not mark Parker’s first visit to Germany, following a unique experience back in 2006 when she was lucky enough to play a special role at the FIFA World Cup.

“I went to Germany in 2006 for the football World Cup,” explained Parker. “I went as a mascot for the England team after winning a competition sponsored by McDonalds. I walked out on the pitch with John Terry and I will never forget the feeling when the crowd cheered. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget.

“So I am really looking forward to the trip this time. I love snooker and watching the professionals, it encourages me to play as well as them one day. My Nan and grandad both love snooker too and they will be coming along with me.”

Like Daughtery, Parker hopes to be able to learn from the tournament so that she can fight for titles, not only against other women but one day against the men as the likes of Reanne Evans, Ng On Yee and Tatjana Vasiljeva have recently demonstrated in professional competition.

“My snooker goal is obviously to win as many tournaments as I can,” said Parker. “I would love to play competitively against the men as well. To be able to achieve this I need to practice hard, have commitment and put all my effort into the sport.

“I can learn a lot playing against players like Reanne and On Yee. Their experience can show me how important it is to practice and learn how to play the game as it should be played. I have the good fortune to play and practice with Ronnie O’Sullivan. I have learnt so much watching and playing him and it really drives me to improve. He is my idol in the game and I am very lucky to be close to him.”

The Paul Hunter Women’s Classic 2017 will be played on 24-27 August.

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Paul Hunter Women’s Classic: Enter Now

Entry is now open for the WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic as the World Women’s Snooker Tour returns to Germany for the start of the 2017/18 season.

Won by Ng On Yee last season, the early rounds of the tournament will again be held at the nearby Ballroom Nürnberg, with the semi-finals and final provisionally set to be held alongside the World Snooker Paul Hunter Classic at the Stadthalle, Fürth.

For the first time, following successful negotiations with the promoter Dragonstars of the World Snooker Paul Hunter Classic, all players who enter the WLBS event will be able to watch the professional event for FREE! The event will be a fantastic opportunity to compete against world’s best women players and when not in action, to watch the professionals in play at one of the most popular venues on the World Snooker Tour.

Further information, including online entry and the full entry pack for the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic are available at www.wlbsl.com. The entry deadline for the event is Monday 17 July with payment of all entry fees to be made by 4:30pm on Tuesday 18 July.

Players will note that for the season World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) has introduced Standard Conditions of Entry, which shall apply in full to all WLBS events unless otherwise stated within the entry pack. We urge all players to read this document carefully and to contact us if you are unsure as to its contents.

Last month WLBS announced its provisional calendar for the 2017/18 season, with further information to be confirmed as soon as possible.

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
WLBS Event TBC

Updated WLBS Rankings: August 2016

The WLBS world rankings have been updated for the first time during the 2016/17 season following Ng On Yee’s victory at the Paul Hunter Ladies Classic last weekend.

By securing her third career WLBS ranking title in Germany, the 25-year-old has closed the gap to beaten finalist Reanne Evans, although the world number one still retains a comfortable lead of 15,900 points.

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. With no points to be removed at this update however (see points drop-off dates), unsurprisingly there have been gains for many of the players who competed in Germany.

With their runs to the semi-finals, bronze medallists Maria Catalano and Tatjana Vasiljeva both climb one place to third and sixth respectively, while Vicky Shirley breaks into the top eight for the first time since April 2015.

Quarter-finalist So Man Yee, competing in her first WLBS event since the 2015 World Ladies Championship is up two places, as is Russia’s Irina Gorbataya, who came within a frame of shocking eventual champion On Yee at the last 16 stage in Germany.

Further down the list, one of the biggest movers is Ireland’s Ronda Sheldreck, up 14 places following her run to the knock-out stages. Germany’s Diana Stateczny also continues her rapid rise up the rankings, another quarter-final following her run at the World Ladies Championship earlier this year enough to see her climb 10 places to 23rd.

Finally, Belgium’s Wendy Jans is a notable new entry at 46th, having reached the quarter-finals at what was her first WLBS event during the counting period.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship which will take place on 8-9 October 2016 at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.

On Yee Claims Ladies Classic

Ng On Yee won the first ever Paul Hunter Ladies Classic last weekend with a 4-1 victory against world number one Reanne Evans at the Stadthalle, Germany.

The pair met in the final of a WLBS event for the third time in 2016, Evans having come out at the Classic and World Championship events at the end of last season.

It was On Yee however who made the stronger start on this occasion, claiming the opening two frames to take an early lead, before Evans closed the gap by taking the third. The next two frames both came down to the colours, but a double on the brown helped On Yee to go two clear again at 3-1, before she set up what would prove to be the match-winning clearance with a snooker on the brown in the fifth.

The success is On Yee’s third career WLBS title to date and her first since the 2015 UK Championship last September. Earlier in the tournament she had found herself 3-1 down to Irina Gorbataya before winning the last three frames to reach the quarter-finals. From there the former world champion never really looked back, dropping just one frame in defeating Wendy Jans, Maria Catalano and Evans to take the title.

The 25-year-old, who remains ranked second in the WLBS ranking list, also hit the tournament high break during the third frame of her quarter-final victory against Jans, a clearance of 104 to the pink enough to secure the prize sponsored by Fracht.com & KSS Events.

“I was struggling a bit from the beginning with my form and some of the shots yesterday,” said a delighted On Yee. “After winning my last 16 match however, I was able to take a short break and regroup. I wasn’t really focusing on the century, but rather trying to play each shot individually and making the best of it.”

The Hong Kong ace described herself as ‘over the moon’ to have won the title and was pleased by how the event had unfolded as a whole, in particular praising the quality of the field, which included the top seven players on the WLBS world ranking list:

“It feels great to be here in Germany for the first ever Paul Hunter Ladies Classic. This is my very first time here in Germany and I enjoyed the good food, very nice people and the weather.

“It was a great venue and it was good to see so many players competing in the event. It had also been a while since I had played together with both Reanne and Wendy in the same tournament so that was a nice experience too.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to play with so many friends around and I hope to continue to see more doors opening up for ladies snooker in the future. I am really looking forward to this season’s Eden World Championship which will be held in Asia for the very first time. Hopefully this will attract new faces to the game and create more opportunities for ladies snooker.”

The Paul Hunter Ladies Classic was the first event to be held outside of the UK in over a decade and the first of a new co-operation between the WLBS and the WPBSA, the world governing body for snooker and billiards.

For the first time, the final of the event was played alongside the quarter-finals of the professional competition staged by World Snooker at the Stadthalle venue and was enjoyed by a large number of spectators in attendance.

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Home Hopes

With just two days to go before the start of the 2016 Paul Hunter Ladies Classic in Germany, today we profile some of the eight players who will be competing in a WLBS event on home soil for the first time in their careers…

Diana Stateczny

Bochum-based Diana Stateczny is perhaps the best known and certainly the most decorated German female snooker player, having won the German Championship on five occasions and made a tournament high break of 78.

Also a finalist at the European Championship in 2010, the 36-year-old enjoyed a strong performance at this year’s WLBS World Ladies Championship. Having progressed through her group with four wins from four, she then shocked fourth seed Maria Catalano with a 3-1 win to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Christina Schneider

A talented American pool player, Christina Schneider will be competing in her first snooker tournament in Furth as she looks to take herself out of her comfort zone.

On the pool circuit she notably reached the semi-finals of the 2014 9-ball German Championship and plays regularly for BC Ludwigsburg. This week however snooker will be the challenge and she has stated that she is looking forward to meeting her fellow players from across the globe and seeing how her game matches up against them.

Ramona Kirchner

Something of a local hero at the Paul Hunter Ladies Classic, Ramona Kirchner plays for 1.BC Lechbruck and has a competition high break of 50.

Winner of the German Championship back in 2005, like Schneider she is looking forward to mixing with international players and to seeing how her standard compares to the other players in action in Fuerth.

Diana Schuler

Following a two-year stint based in England, Diana Schuler has recently moved back to Germany and perhaps has reason to look forward to the Paul Hunter Ladies Classic more than most.

Alongside her playing career, which has seen her compile a competition high break of 53 and reach the semi final of the European Team Championship 2013, the 35-year-old also acts as Marketing Director for the WLBS and has been instrumental in the organisation of the event.

At local level she plays for 1.SC Schwalbach and has the distinction of being included on the professional game’s 147 list, as she was the opponent when two-time world champion Mark Williams made his second career maximum in Rüsselsheim six years ago.

Completing the field

Completing the German contingent in Fuerth will be four relative newcomers to the scene:

Dorothee Rapp (Bielefeld)

Ingird Kuna (Berlin)
Tanja Ender (Fürth)
Steffi Henze (Stuttgart)