Category: World Snooker

Sheffield to Stage Women’s Snooker Day

Women’s snooker will be showcased during the upcoming Betfred World Snooker Championship on Wednesday 1st May 2019 with activities taking place at the Sheffield Winter Garden across from the iconic Crucible Theatre.

Previously held as Ladies Day, the newly rebranded Women’s Snooker Day aims to encourage women to participate in snooker at all levels, including the World Women’s Snooker Tour which welcomes players of all ages and abilities to compete at its events.

Organised by World Snooker, in partnership with the WPBSA and World Women’s Snooker, the day will see activities staged throughout at the ‘Cue Zone’ with world women’s number 3 and 1st4sport WPBSA Level 2 coach Rebecca Kenna supported by Sarah McManus and Annette Lord. They will be joined by players from the World Women’s Snooker Tour and students from Spire Junior School, encouraging members of the public to pick up a cue and try snooker.

#Cue4All

Once again Women’s Snooker Day will form part of the #Cue4All initiative organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, which aims to promote the inclusive nature of snooker and billiards.

Even if you cannot make it to the Crucible on the day, be part of the celebrations by hosting open days at your club, offering free taster sessions, running snooker challenges, promoting your community snooker sessions and sharing stories on social media about the groups or individuals who access your snooker facilities.

Remember to tag in the hashtag #Cue4All across social media so that we can share your inclusive activities during this year’s Betfred World Championship!

Emma Parker – Shoot Out Is Massive Opportunity

Leading women’s snooker player Emma Parker believes the chance to play in this week’s BetVictor Shoot Out in Watford is a “massive opportunity.”

Parker, Women’s World Under-21 Champion in 2017, is one of two female players in the field  alongside Reanne Evans. It will be the first time that women have competed in televised matches in the final stages of a world ranking event in the UK.

Parker is one of eight players to have been awarded wild card places among the 128-strong field. The tournament, which runs from February 21-24 at the Watford Colosseum, is televised on Eurosport and Quest.

Age 19 from Essex, Parker is currently top of the World Women’s Snooker under-21 rankings and tenth in the overall rankings. She faces India’s Laxman Rawat in the first round in Watford on Friday evening. Match schedule

The Shoot Out has a unique format with all matches played in a single frame and lasting a maximum of ten minutes. There is a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five.

“I will be nervous on Friday but hopefully I can put that to one side and play well,” said Parker, who has practised in the past with top players including Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump. “It is a massive opportunity for myself and Reanne to play on television. Hopefully we can win matches. I would love snooker to be my career, I just have to take it step by step.”

Parker won an amateur tournament in London last weekend, beating several male players. “That has given me confidence,” she added. “I  don’t know much about my first round opponent on Friday but I’ll just be focused on playing my game. I have been practising with a shot clock, my mum has been counting down the seconds for me! It’s not easy, you have to see the shot quickly and then play it.”

Evans, arguably snooker’s best ever female player having won the women’s World Championship 11 times, is up against legend Jimmy White on Thursday evening.

Other top stars in action include Shaun Murphy, Barry Hawkins, Kyren Wilson, Ali Carter, Stuart Bingham, Ken Doherty and defending champion Michael Georgiou.

The eight wildcards are:

Ryan Davies, English Junior Champion

Liam Graham, Scottish Under-16 champion

Liam Davies, Welsh Under-14s number one

Stephan Bateman, Irish Under-21 Champion

Ben Mertens, Belgium. European Under-18 Championship quarter-finalist.

Emma Parker, top of women’s world under-21 rankings

Reanne Evans, multiple Women’s World Champion

Brandon Sargeant, top of the Challenge Tour rankings

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Women to Compete at Snooker Shoot Out

It has today been announced that both Reanne Evans and Emma Parker will compete at the Shoot Out which will be staged at the Watford Colosseum from 21-24 February.

The pair, who both compete regularly on the World Women’s Snooker Tour, have been selected for the professional event among eight wildcard players for the first time and will join 126 other players looking to win the £32,000 top prize.

Dudley’s Evans will face 10-time ranking event winner Jimmy White in a mouth-watering tie during the evening session on Friday 22 February, while former world under-21 champion Parker will play India’s Laxman Rawat a day earlier.

The event will be televised live on Eurosport.

Prior to the event, both players will also be in action at the Belgian Open’s Open in Bruges from 1-3 February. Entries for that event are still being accepted HERE.

Ladies Day Returns to Sheffield

Ladies Day will once again be held during this year’s Betfred World Snooker Championship on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at the Sheffield Winter Garden across from the iconic Crucible Theatre.

Returning for a sixth successive year, the day aims to encourage women to participate in snooker at all levels, including the World Women’s Snooker Tour which welcomes players of all ages and abilities to compete at its events.

Organised by World Snooker, in partnership with the WPBSA and World Ladies Billiards and Snooker, the day will see activities staged throughout at the ‘Cue Zone’ under the guidance of WPBSA World Snooker coaches Steve Mallender and Danielle Findlay. They will be joined by players and officials from the World Women’s Snooker Tour, with both students from Spire Junior School and members of the public also given the opportunity to pick up a cue and try snooker.

As in 2017, the event will also raise money for World Snooker’s official charity Jessie May Children’s Hospice, with players on the day wearing t-shirts in support of the Bristol-based charity.

#Cue4All

For the second consecutive year Ladies Day will form part of the #Cue4All initiative organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, which aims to promote the inclusive nature of snooker and billiards.

Even if you cannot make it to the Crucible on the day, be part of the celebrations by hosting open days at your club, offering free taster sessions, running snooker challenges, promoting your community snooker sessions and sharing stories on social media about the groups or individuals who access your snooker facilities.

Remember to tag in the hashtag #Cue4All across social media so that we can share your inclusive activities during this year’s Betfred World Championship!

Vasiljeva Takes Positives From Fu Encounter

Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva lost 4-1 to Marco Fu today in the opening round of the 2016 Kasperksy Riga Masters.

The 32-year-old received a wildcard to the first event of the 2016/17 professional calendar and was handed a tricky draw against this year’s Crucible semi-finalist Marco Fu.

The WLBS world number five impressed onlookers however, taking the second frame of the match and only narrowly losing the final two frames, both on the last black.

Vasiljeva though was happy with her performance: “I felt strong and not scared. I missed a pink in the 4th frame, maybe I should have played safe instead or trying to play a double. In the next frame I missed a red and it was a frame ball for me.

“But I liked the way I played. It’s an amazing feeling when you are competing with one of the best players in the world and feel competitive. I enjoyed playing Marco, he is a great player with a very good attitude. Not bad for the first time playing in a major event – I definitely want to come back.”

Vasiljeva to Play in Riga Masters

WLBS world number five Tatjana Vasijeva has received a wildcard to the 2016 Kasperksy Riga Masters.

Winner of the European Ladies Championship in 2012, 32-year-old Vasiljeva is Latvia’s most successful ladies player and recently reached the semi-finals of the WLBS World Championship in Leeds.

She has been drawn to play world number 12 Marco Fu in her last 128 match, which will be held over to the venue stages of the event in Riga which will run from 22-24 June 2016.

Her appearance will be the first at the televised stages of a ranking event since Reanne Evans successfully qualified for the 2013 Wuxi Classic.

Having previously formed part of snooker’s European Tour series, for the first time the event in Latvia will become a full-ranking event on the World Snooker Tour.

The total prize money for the tournament will increase from €125,000 to €200,000. The winner’s prize for next season’s Kaspersky Riga Masters will be doubled to €50,000.

Ladies Day Returns to Sheffield

The fourth annual Ladies Day will take place in Sheffield at the Winter Garden on the 26th April 2016 during the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

First introduced by World Snooker’s governing body the WPBSA in 2013, the initiative aims to encourage women to participate in snooker, as players, fans or officials.

Run by WPBSA World Snooker coach Andrew Highfield, activities will include a coaching masterclass, snooker relay event, a trick shot challenge and special doubles competitions featuring world ladies players and members of the public.

There will also be a 60 second challenge event involving girls who currently participate in the WPBSA’s Cue Zone into Schools programme, with coaching from female players on site.

Women of all ages are encouraged to come along and receive coaching, whether they are snooker novices or experienced players.

“It is great that World Snooker is again supporting World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) by staging Ladies Day at the World Championship for a fourth time,” said WLBS director and former ladies world champion Mandy Fisher.

“It is a great opportunity for the general public to see WLBS players in action and for them to see the high level of women’s snooker first hand,” continued Fisher. “We will have a great mixture of nationalities on display on the day and we will be engaging the public to play alongside the WLBS players in various sessions throughout the day.

“These are exciting times as ladies snooker begins its journey under the governance of the WPBSA and we have been working hard on plans for the future. We hope with more exposure we receive from days like Ladies Day, along with support from the WPBSA and World Snooker that WLBS can reach and appeal to a new generation of female snooker players.

“It is also great to be able to support such a great charity as Bluebell Wood Hospice on the day and I encourage everyone to come down and have some fun on the day either watching WLBS players in action or playing alongside them in the Cue Zone area whilst supporting a great cause at the same time.”

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson added: “We are one of the few sports that allows both male and female players to compete on an equal basis. As a sport that is about technique, skill, concentration, hard work and discipline, we operate a world snooker open tour, irrespective of where people come from. Ladies Day is about recognising that and getting that message across.

“We have engaged now formally with the WLBS as an organisation to encourage and increase participation in ladies snooker. We have seen through our Cue Zone into Schools programme that there is a real will from girls to take up the sport. Not everybody wants to play football or tennis or the regular sports that are being played in schools and we want to offer another opportunity to all.

“Ladies day is a celebration and we hope year on year to be able to bring more news about how more and more women have got involved in snooker.”

The event will also raise money for World Snooker’s official charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham. Fans are encouraged to wear purple, the colour of Bluebell Wood’s logo, and a selection of cakes will be on sale with money from every sale going to the hospice.

The following 10 WLBS players will be in action on Ladies Day:

Reanne Evans, 11times World Champion (England)

Jessica Woods, Oceanian Champion 2016 (Australia)

Kathy Howden (Australia)

Irina Gorbataya (Russia)

Sandra Bryan (Ireland)

Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia)

Diana Schuler (Germany)

Vicky Shirley (England)

Suzie Opacic (England)

Jodie Allen (England)

Michelle Brown (England)

On Yee To Play In Betfred World Championship

Reigning world ladies snooker champion Ng On Yee has qualified to take up a place in the qualifying rounds of this year’s Betfred World Snooker Championship.

On-Yee, 25, from Hong Kong, became the first non-British winner of the World Ladies Snooker Championship last year and is now set to play in the sport’s biggest event at Ponds Forge International Centre in Sheffield in April. She will need to win three qualifying matches to reach the televised stages at the Crucible Theatre.

On-Yee, who ended the ten-year reign of Reanne Evans in the semi-finals of the ladies event, is coached by Terry Griffiths’ son Wayne and also went on to win the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship for a second time last September.

Last year, Evans played 1997 world champion Ken Doherty at the Betfred World Championship qualifiers in a tightly contested match, eventually won 10-8 by the Irishman.

“I am very excited by the prospect of competing in the best competition in the world,” said On-Yee. “It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the differences between the ladies game and the professional tour.

“Playing at the very top level is a dream come true for me. I am excited to see new doors being opened in snooker, with more opportunities for ladies to participate in different competitions.

“After such a good year of results in 2015, I want to build on that and try to become even stronger in 2016. This added opportunity to compete with and learn from some of the best players in the world is a chance I am very grateful for. I will work very hard to represent myself, Hong Kong and ladies snooker in the best possible way. My goal will be to make the most of this opportunity as I look to improve in the future.”

The WPBSA, snooker’s world governing body, recently announced a restructure of ladies snooker whereby World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association (WLBSA) became World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS), after becoming a subsidiary company of the WPBSA.

“On-Yee’s success at the 2015 World Ladies Championship was an incredible achievement and she thoroughly deserves the opportunity to now play in the World Championship in Sheffield,” said Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA.

“Snooker is a sport with no boundaries and as the first non-British winner of the World Ladies Championship, On Yee is a tremendous example to all who aspire to compete in our sport at the highest level.

“Following the recent restructure of the WLBS we are hugely excited by the future of the ladies game and looking forward to continuing its growth globally as we continue to promote the core values of the Olympic movement.”

The qualifiers for the 2016 Betfred World Championship will run from 6-13 April 2016, with the draw to be made after the seeding revision following the conclusion of the China Open.