Over 300 tournaments have been staged by World Women’s Snooker (WWS) since 1981 and below we have set out a number of significant records and milestones achieved during that time.
Reanne Evans has won the World Women’s Snooker Championship on a record 12 occasions, having surpassed the previous benchmark of seven set by Allison Fisher.
Evans also holds the record for the highest number of consecutive title wins, having claimed ten in a row from her first in 2005 until 2014.
As well as Evans, only Allison Fisher (1985-86, 1988-89, 1991-94), Kelly Fisher (1998-2000), Karen Corr (1995-96) and Ng On Yee (2017-18) have successfully defended the title.
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In 2018, Ng On Yee became the first player to win the World Championship without losing a frame, winning each of the 22 frames that she contested.
Stacy Hillyard was the youngest winner of the World Championship (Amateur) in 1984 aged just 15. Ann-Marie Farren was 16 when she won the world title three years later.
Three players from outside of the UK have won the World Championship, Lesley McIlrath (1980), Ng On Yee (three times) and Nutcharut Wongharuthai (2022). The 2017 final between Ng and India’s Vidya Pillai was the first all-Asian world final.
Maria Catalano and Stacey Hillyard share the record for the most number of runner-up appearances, having each lost five separate finals.
Over 320 events have been staged under the World Women’s Snooker banner since 1981, including more than 630 individual tournaments currently recorded.
Allison Fisher holds the record for most overall main titles won (excluding side-events) with an estimated 68* victories (1983-1995), three ahead of closest chaser Reanne Evans on 65 (2003-2022).
A further five players have won ten or more ranking titles: Kelly Fisher (45), Karen Corr (26) Stacey Hillyard (22), Ng On Yee (17) and Maria Catalano (11).
*early records may be incomplete
Hannah Jones won a record 20 Under-21 titles between 2008-2014, including six World Under-21 Championship titles (2008-2011, 2013-14).
Jenny Poulter is the record-holder in the Seniors category, with 23 titles won over a 17-year span, including six World Seniors Championship crowns (2002, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019).
Other than the World Championship, the most regularly staged event WWS event has been the UK Championship, which has taken place 35 times since 1982. The event has been won on a record 11 occasions by Reanne Evans. Other multiple champions include Allison Fisher (six), Kelly Fisher (four) Ng On Yee (four), Tessa Davidson (three) and Karen Corr (two).
First staged in 1983, the British Open has been run 26 times with Reanne Evans having taken six titles, ahead of four time winners Allison Fisher and Kelly Fisher. Karen Corr (three) and Ann-Marie Farren (two) are the only other multiple champions.
The Connie Gough Trophy was held on 24 occasions from 1992-2017 and was dominated by three players. Reanne Evans claimed a record eight titles, ahead of Kelly Fisher (seven) and Maria Catalano (six).
Since its introduction to the calendar in 2013, the Eden Masters has been dominated by Reanne Evans, who has won six titles from eight stagings. She has twice lost 4-3 to Ng On Yee in the other two finals.
Since the introduction of the WWS world ranking system in 1983, 11 players have held the world number one ranking: Sue Foster, Mandy Fisher, Stacey Hillyard, Allison Fisher, Karen Corr, Kelly Fisher, Lynette Horsburgh, Reanne Evans, Emma Bonney, Maria Catalano and Ng On Yee.
Jenny Poulter holds the distinction of having enjoyed the longest unbroken spell in the world rankings, dating back to the inception of the ranking list until present day.
In 2018, Ng On Yee became the first player from outside of the UK to become world number one.
The highest break compiled to date in an official WWS competition is 140, achieved twice by Reanne Evans (2008 South Coast Classic, 2010 British Open).
From a break of 52 by a 13-year-old Stacey Hillyard in 1983, the highest break has risen on several occasions as set out below:
The highest break at the World Women’s Snooker Championship so far was a run of 125 by Kelly Fisher during her last 32 match against Rebecca Corfield in 2003.
There are currently 15 players who have made at least one century break on the WWS Tour:
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Allison Fisher was the first player to compile a century break in a women’s tournament in the final of the B&SCC Women’s Championship at the Charnwood Snooker Centre. Stacey Hillyard had previously made 114 during a Bournemouth league match, having not previously made a century break in practice.
Stacey Hillyard became the first woman to make a century break in a professional ranking event at the 1991 Dubai Duty Free Classic with a clearance of 109.
Reanne Evans holds the record for the most century breaks at WWS tournaments (20) ahead of Allison Fisher (14) and Kelly Fisher (11).
In 1994, Allison Fisher compiled a record break of 133 against Stephen Hendry at the Lowen Sport European League, at the time the highest televised break by a woman and only the third century (Allison also made the previous two).
During the same year, Kelly Fisher made a total clearance of 143 during a best of 13 match at the Wakefield Snooker Club, a record at the time only bettered by Allison Fisher (144) and equalled by Stacey Hillyard.
In 1984, Lynette Horsburgh made a break of 40 when aged just nine, during a mixed gender Under-13 Open tournament.
In May 1991, Allison Fisher, Ann-Marie Farren, Karen Corr, Stacey Hillyard and Georgina Aplin became the first five women to turn professional.
Nine female players have competed at the professional World Championship: Karen Corr, Reanne Evans, Ann-Marie Farren, Allison Fisher, Kelly Fisher, Stacey Hillyard, Maureen McCarthy, Ng On Yee and Rebecca Kenna.
Of these players, six have been able to win at least one match, with Corr, Farren, A.Fisher and Hillyard all claiming at least one victory at the 1992 World Championship.
Kelly Fisher is the only woman to have made a century break at the World Championship, a run of 106 during her match against Ryan Day in 2002.
In July 1991, Allison Fisher became the first female player to win a professional match with a 5-4 victory against Sukhbir Grewal at the Dubai Duty Free Classic.
At the same competition, Stacey Hillyard became the first woman to qualify for a professional event when she defeated Dermot McGlinchey, Paul Hefford (from 3-1 down) and Chris Carpenter (from 4-1 down), before losing to Alex Higgins in the second stage.
In 2013, Reanne Evans defeated Thepchaiya Un-Nooh to become the first woman to reach the final stages of a world ranking event. She would ultimately lose out 5-2 to Zhu Yinghui in the wildcard round in China.
In February 2022, Ng On Yee defeated Wu Yize 4-2 to qualify for the televised stages on the Welsh Open, in doing so becoming the first woman to win a professional match in five years since Reanne Evans defeated Robin Hull 10-8 at the 2017 World Championship.
Later in 2022, Ng repeated the feat at the British Open qualifiers as she scored a sensational 4-3 victory against former professional world champion Ken Doherty.
A number of players have competed at WST Q School since its introduction to the calendar prior to the 2011/12 season.
Reanne Evans has reached the fourth round of an event on six occasions, while Ng On Yee has twice reached the same stage.
Four women players have won a match at Q School to date, with Nutcharut Wongharuthai (2019) and Rebecca Kenna (2021) also having done so.
In January 2022, Nutcharut Wongharuthai defeated five male players to reach the quarter-finals of the third event of the 2021/22 WPBSA Q Tour Series. Her victories included deciding-frame wins against former professionals Billy Castle and Daniel Wells, before she fell to Belgian star Ben Mertens in the last eight.
Reanne Evans holds the record for the greatest number of consecutive WWS Tour match wins, having won 90 matches (and 21 tournaments) following the 2008 Connie Gough Trophy, until her defeat to Maria Catalano at the 2011 Northern Championship.
Her run eclipsed the previous best streak of 69 matches set by Kelly Fisher following her defeat at the 2001 World Championship, until the quarter-finals of the 2003 Scottish Open when she too lost out to Catalano.
Allison Fisher also notably enjoyed a winning run from the 1984 World Championship (Amateur), stretching three years to her semi-final exit at the 1987 World Championship. The exact number of match wins during this streak is unknown.
All information correct according to records held as of 25/10/2022.