Reanne Evans will return to the World Snooker Tour for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons after results at the Landywood British Open ensured that she would finish ranked above rival Ng On Yee in the end of season world rankings.
Both relegated from the professional circuit at the end of the current season, the pair entered the British Open needing results to go their way to earn an an immediate return, with Thailand’s Baipat Siripaporn having already claimed the first of two places following her victory at the World Women’s Championship in March.
Evans held a narrow advantage pre-tournament and her position was confirmed after Ng lost 3-2 to China’s Bai Yulu at the quarter-final stage in Landywood. The result meant that Evans – who having reached the final of the British Open will reclaim the world number one ranking following the tournament – would finish ahead of the Hong Kong player in the end of season rankings.
The 12-time world champion will begin her third spell on the professional tour, having last season become the first woman to win a televised match at the Shoot Out against Stuart Bingham in January.