Category: WSF Championships

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 fifth 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.

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:

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.