Category: World Women’s Championship

Thailand to Host 2019 World Women’s Championship

World Women’s Snooker (WWS) and the World Snooker Federation (WSF) are today delighted to announce that two prestigious women’s snooker tournaments will be contested across seven days at the Hi-End Snooker Club in Bangkok, Thailand this June.

The 38th staging of the iconic World Women’s Snooker Championship, won last year for a third time by Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, will take place from 20-23 June 2019. This will be preceded by the inaugural edition of a new international team competition for women players from across the globe from 17-19 June.

The blue riband event will be held with the full support of the Billiard Sports Association of Thailand and the Hi-End Snooker Club, a world-class facility which boasts 15 snooker tables and is the home of women’s players including 19-year-old Nutcharut Wongharuthai who has reached two WWS finals over the past 12 months.

This year’s World Women’s Championship shall carry a minimum prize fund of £15,000 and the team event a minimum total of £7,000, making this the biggest week of women’s snooker for over a decade.

Mandy Fisher, WWS president said: “We are excited to be heading back to Asia for this year’s World Women’s Championship and are thrilled with the support that we have received from our friends at the Hi-End Snooker Club and BSAT in the organisation of this event.

“We are also looking forward to hosting a major new international team event and to seeing women players from all over the world for what should be a fantastic week of snooker.”

Mr. Borriruk (Gap), general manager at the Hi-End Snooker Club said: “We feel very honoured to have been offered the responsibility to host these prestigious tournaments in our premises. We can now prepare to welcome the world’s best athletes to a fascinating snooker place.”

Suntorn Jarumon, BSAT president said: “We are delighted that World Women’s Snooker will be holding its biggest event of the year at the Hi-End Snooker Club and are looking forward to supporting the event.

“Women’s snooker in Thailand is growing year on year and Thai women players have been making a strong impact on the international stage, as well as at professional events. This year we will stage a women’s national snooker championship for the first time and the staging of a major ranking event in Thailand will surely benefit the game further and boost the popularity of women’s snooker in our country for years to come.”

Players will be nominated for both events by their national federation. Further information, including hotel information and the entry process for national federations to both events will be released as soon as possible.

Key information

Dates

16 June – Opening ceremony / Welcome
17-19 June – Team Event
20-23 June – World Women’s Snooker Championship 2019

Venue

Hi-End Snooker Club, Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Festival of Women’s Snooker to be Rescheduled

Following today’s announcement that this season’s World Women’s Snooker Championship will take place in Dubai from 28-31 March 2019 we can now also confirm that the dates of next year’s Festival of Women’s Snooker event will now change.

Previously announced to run from 29 March – 2 April 2019, the five-day event which sees up to six world titles decided each spring will now be rescheduled.

Further information about the Festival will appear on our website as soon as possible.

World Title Hat-Trick For Ng On Yee

Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee has defeated Maria Catalano 5-0 to complete the successful defence of her WLBS World Women’s Snooker Championship title and claim her third world crown overall on Saturday.

On Yee completed a dominant week in Malta with a convincing victory against world number four Catalano, who earlier in the day had stunned 11-time world champion Reanne Evans with a 4-3 win to progress to her fifth world final and first since 2013.

It was also a fifth final for On Yee, who last month became world number one for the first time in her career and following previous victories against Belgium’s Wendy Jans and third ranked Rebecca Kenna, routed Catalano to seal the title without the loss of a single frame.

The success sees On Yee become only the third player ever to win the title on three or more occasions, joining an elite group comprising Reanne Evans (11), Allison Fisher (7), Kelly Fisher (5) and Karen Corr (3).

The 27-year-old will also extend her lead at the top of the WLBS rankings when they are revised next week, while beaten finalist Catalano will rise one place to number three following her run.

A delighted On Yee later revealed that she came into the tournament carrying an illness, but that this could have actually worked to her advantage.

“I am absolutely over the moon to win my third title,” said On Yee. “I did not have great expectations coming into the tournament as I was coughing and sick so just tried to play every game, every ball. But looking back now I think that this took a lot of pressure off me and I started to play a little better.

“When I saw the knockout draw I thought that was a tough draw, playing Wendy Jans in the first knockout match, but I just tried to focus and to enjoy the games. I would like to say thank you to all of my team, including family and friends, as well as my coaches at the Hong Kong Sports Institute who have supported me even late at night.”

And having enjoyed her time at the tournament in Malta, the Asian star now turns her attention to Sheffield where she will compete at the professional World Championship qualifiers following her latest triumph.

“It has been great to be here in Malta for the first time with very nice weather, a beautiful ocean view for breakfast in the morning and to be surrounded by nice people.

“As well as the title, the most important thing for me is that I have now qualified to player at the professional World Championship in Sheffield which I am really looking forward to.

“The first time there when I played Peter Lines [in 2016] I was so nervous about the atmosphere that I did not play well. Last year against Nigel Bond I had more expectations, but I still didn’t play well, so hopefully this year I can just enjoy the match.”

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return for its final event of the 2017/18 season with the Women’s Festival of Snooker, which runs from 13-16 April 2018. Entries for the event are still being accepted HERE.

World Women’s Snooker Championship: Draw Available

The group stage draw for the 2018 World Women’s Snooker Championship is now available.

Further information including playing format and schedule will be released as soon as possible.

The event will run from 14-17 March 2018 and forms part of the first ever World Snooker Federation Championships in Malta.

Women’s World Snooker Championship – A Potted History

The 37th World Women’s Snooker Championship gets underway this Wednesday at the Dolmen Hotel in Malta and represents the start of a new era for women’s snooker as the tournament will be held as part of the WSF Championships for the first time.

But as the likes of modern day greats such as 11-time champion Reanne Evans and Asian trailblazer Ng On Yee prepare to contest this year’s event, where did it all begin for women’s snooker?

Below we take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of our distinguished past champions…

Vera Selby MBE – our first ever world champion

The Early years

First held back in 1976, the inaugural World Ladies Snooker Championship – as the tournament was originally known – was won by Vera Selby, who defeated Muriel Hazeldine 4-0 in Middlesbrough to claim the title.

Gosforth’s Selby, who in 2016 was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for her services to snooker and billiards, would go on to win a second world crown five years later. In doing so she succeeded Australia’s Lesley McIlrath, who until 2015 remained the sole non-UK winner of the tournament.

Selby’s opponent in the 1981 was Mandy Fisher, who following the tournament was devastated to learn of a risk that the tournament might not be held again, at a time prior to the ‘snooker boom’ that would come within the UK during the 1980s. Aged just 19, she played a key role in the foundation of World Ladies Billiards and Snooker, the body that remains responsible for women’s snooker and billiards to this day with Fisher serving as President.

Through the new body, Fisher was instrumental in ensuring the continuation of the World Championship, which was won by Sue Foster in 1983, before Fisher herself claimed the title the following year with a 4-2 success against Maryann McConnell of Canada.

World champion and President – Mandy Fisher with Steve Davis and Alex Higgins

The Fisher years

As Mandy found herself devoting an increasing amount of her time to the administration of women’s snooker however, it would be another Fisher who would go on to make a name for herself in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Sussex’s Allison Fisher – no relation to Mandy – had started to play snooker at the age of seven and just a decade later would go on to claim the first of a then record seven world titles against Stacey Hillyard in Solihull. She subsequently became the first player to successfully defend the title at the same venue the following year, before securing further titles in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1994, the last in New Delhi, India as the Championship left the UK for the first time.

The perpetual World Championship trophy

Her rivals at the time included Ann-Marie Farren, who reached three consecutive finals between 1987-1989 (winning the first at the age of just 16 years and 48 days) and Northern Ireland’s Karen Corr, who reached six finals during the 1990s, emerging victorious from half of them including her first on the day following her 21st birthday.

It would be a third Fisher however who would go on to become the sport’s dominant player around the turn of the century, as for six years the final stages of the World Women’s Snooker Championship were held alongside its professional equivalent, at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Yorkshire’s Kelly Fisher had rapidly ascended the world ranking list, having taken top spot whilst still a teenager and in 1998 won the title for the first time with a 4-1 victory against 1997 champion Corr. Adding further titles in 1998 and 1999, she became the first player to have won the title on three successive occasions, before she won the title on a further two times either side of victory for Lisa Quick in 2001, to take her total tally to five.

Reanne Evans won a record 11th world title in 2016

The Evans years

As the tournament moved on to what would become its new home for eight of the following nine years in Cambridge in 2005, by now there was another player ready to make her mark on the world stage. Dudley’s Reanne Evans had reached the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time in 2002 as a 16-year-old, before she repeated the feat the following year.

In 2005 though there would be no stopping her, as she would go on to claim the first of an unprecedented ten successive world titles with a 6-1 victory against Scotland’s Lynette Horsburgh. With her attacking style of play, at one point Evans won a record 61 consecutive women’s matches and has since seen her go on to compete on the professional circuit, becoming the first woman to qualify for the venue stages of a full-ranking event at the 2013 Wuxi Classic and become the first woman to win a professional World Championship match against Robin Hull in 2017.

The defending champion – Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee

A rival emerges

Given the dominance of Evans, statistically by far the greatest ever female snooker player, it was therefore a huge shock when she fell at the semi-finals stage of the World Championship to Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee in 2015, the 24-year-old going on to defeat Emma Bonney 6-2 in the final and become the first Asian player to win the tournament.

Although Evans was to win back the crown a year later with a 6-4 success, it was the charismatic On-Yee who would claim a remarkable victory when the tournament was staged in Singapore for the first time in 2017, defeating Evans 5-4 in the semi-finals and then first-time finalist Vidya Pillai from India following another deciding frame 6-5 on the pink.

Having proved that her maiden success was no one-off, On Yee has since gone on to underline her status as a legitimate challenger to Evans, becoming the world’s top ranked player for the first time early in 2018.

To Malta

And so to 2018 as the world’s best women players will descend upon Malta’s Dolmen Hotel to battle it out for a first prize of €6,000 and the chance to add their name to a prestigious roll of honour.

Will Ng On Yee complete a hat-trick of world title victories, can Reanne Evans create history once again by claiming the title for a record 12th time, or will we see a new winner lifting the trophy next Saturday?

Further information, including confirmation of event entries and the round robin draw will be released shortly and you will be able to read regular updates from the tournament here at www.womenssnooker.com

 

Time Running Out to Enter World Women’s Championship

Time is running out to enter next month’s WLBS World Women’s Snooker Championship, to be staged at the Dolmen Hotel, Malta from 14-17 March.

Eligible players

  • The top 30 players on the current WLBS ranking list are eligible to be nominated by their National Federation (NF) to compete.
  • Each NF is able to nominate up to FOUR additional players to compete.
  • Only players representing National Federations who are members of the WSF by the event entry deadline of 1 March 2018 will be eligible to be nominated. This applies to ALL players who wish to compete in the tournament.

The top 30

The top 30 players following the British Open are:

  • Ng On Yee, Reanne Evans, Rebecca Kenna, Maria Catalano, Laura Evans, Katrina Wan, Suzie Opacic, Diana Schuler, Jenny Poulter, Tatjana Vasiljeva, So Man Yan, Aimee Benn, Shannon Metcalf, Stephanie Daughtery, Jaique Ip Wan In, Sharon Kaur, Emma Parker, Claire Edginton, Emma Bonney, Jodie Allen, Paula Judge, Diana Stateczny, Jeong Min Park, Michelle Brown, Ronda Sheldreck, Vicky Shirley, Heidi De Gruchy, Ho Yee Ki, Chu Pui Ying and Chloe White

IMPORTANT: If you are one of these players and wish to compete at the tournament, you MUST contact your NF as soon as possible to confirm your nomination for the tournament.

Additional nominations

In addition to the top 30 players, each NF which is a member of the WSF is eligible to nominate up to a further four players to compete in the tournament.

For the avoidance of doubt, players ranked within the top 30 will not count towards these four players. For example if all 17 English players currently inside the top 30 of the rankings were to play in Malta, England’s NF (EASB) would still be able to nominate a further four players.

If you are currently ranked outside of the top 30 and wish to compete at the tournament, we urge you to contact your NF as soon as possible for further information as to their selection criteria for nomination.

Entry deadline

The event entry deadline for nomination is 1 March 2018.

All entries for this tournament must be submitted through National Federations.

For further information and to download the tournament invitation letter and supporting documents click HERE.

On Yee with Jason Ferguson, Mandy Fisher and Chris Chuah

Malta to Host World Women’s Snooker Championship

The WLBS World Women’s Snooker Championship 2018 will run from 14-17 March at the Dolmen Hotel, Malta.

For the first time, the event will be contested as part of the WSF Championships, staged by snooker’s new International Federation the World Snooker Federation.

The winner of the WLBS World Women’s Snooker Championship this year will receive  a €6,000 first prize and all eight of the quarter-finalists will receive automatic entry into the WSF Championship, a mixed gender event, carrying a first prize of €10,000 and a place on the World Snooker Tour. This will be the first time that international amateur events are creating an equal opportunity for men and women to qualify for the tour.

Last year’s event was won by Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, who defeated both 11-time champion Reanne Evans and India’s Vidya Pillai in deciding frames during a memorable final day to capture the title for a second time in Singapore.

WSF (World Snooker Federation) (Logo)World Snooker Federation

There is currently a significant restructure ongoing in the interests of promoting greater participation and opportunities in snooker and billiards for the future. At the heart of this is the creation of the World Snooker Federation (WSF), a new International Federation for snooker based in Switzerland and supported by a range of bodies including the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, the European Billiards and Snooker Association. WLBS shares the vision of the WSF for global sports governance and earlier this year became a full member body.

The WSF is committed to working closely with National Federations (NF) that share its vision for the future of sports governance. In order to promote the interests of these federations a new selection process has been announced for this year’s WLBS World Women’s Championship as follows:

  • The top 30 players on the WLBS World Ranking list following the 2018 WLBS British Open will be eligible to be nominated by their national federation to compete.
  • In addition to these players, each National Federation (NF) will be able to nominate up to FOUR additional players to compete.
  • Only players representing National Federations who are members of the WSF by the event entry deadline of 1 March 2018 will be eligible to be nominated.
  • ALL players must be nominated to compete by their NF who will enter players into the tournament. We therefore strongly advise all players to contact their NF as soon as possible to confirm their nomination.
  • Any players nominated by their NF who are ranked within the top 30 of the WLBS ranking list will not count towards the four nominations available to each NF.

How to enter

All players must be nominated to play by their National Federations via the following link: http://esnooker.pl/entry_form_wsf/entry_form.php

If you are a player and wish to enter, we strongly advise you to contact your National Federation as soon as possible.

For further information about the WSF Championships please click HERE.

 

British Open 2018

The World Women’s Snooker Tour returns in 2018 with the WLBS British Open, to be played at the Stourbridge Institute from 17-18 February

The event will be the fourth event of the 2017/18 season following success for Reanne Evans at the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic last August and back-to-back titles for Ng On Yee at the UK and Masters tournaments at the end of the year.

Subject to entries, there will also be side-events for Under-21 and Seniors players held during the weekend.

The tournament will also be the final event prior to this season’s World Women’s Snooker Championship, to be held for the first time in Malta as part of the inaugural WSF Championships. With the top 30 players from the WLBS ranking list who are members of National Federations who are full members of the WSF, the event also offers the final chance to gain crucial ranking points ahead of the tournament in March.

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