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World Rankings – Eden Women’s Masters 2019 Update

The official world women’s rankings were updated for the final time in 2019 following victory for Reanne Evans at the Eden Women’s Masters last weekend.

The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2017/18 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision points earned at the 2017 Eden Masters were replaced by those earned at this year’s Eden Masters.

Evans Extends Her Advantage

World number one Reanne Evans underlined her status as the number one player in the world by completing the year unbeaten on the World Women’s Snooker Tour with victory in Coulsdon.

Having entered the event with an already commanding lead of 19,100, Evans leads by an impressive 22,850 points after she reversed the final result at this event from two years ago with a 4-2 success last weekend.

With both players set to defend a similar amount of points during the remainder of the season Evans looks virtually certain to remain in top spot for the foreseeable future, while Ng On Yee consolidated second position ahead of Eden quarter-finalist Nutcharut Wongharuthai.

The Top Ten

In fact it was a quiet month in the top ten with no changes of position inside the top eight, the first mover being Germany’s Diana Schuler who returns to the top 10 at the expense of Katrina Wan following her last 16 run in Coulsdon.

The most significant gain was made by Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong, the 17-year-old climbing 11 places to 15th having reached her second semi-final of the season. With no ranking points to defend during the remainder of the season, the talented youngster is well-placed to challenge for a place in the top ten over the coming months.

There are new career-highs for a number of players including Waratthanun Sukritthanes (11), Yee Ting Cheung (17), Connie Stephens (19) and 13-year-old Zoe Killington (34), while debut quarter-finalist Chucky Preston is immediately up to 56th position after her first event.

There are now 145 players currently holding a world ranking, up from 92 just two years ago.

Under-21 / Seniors

Nutcharut Wongharuthai is up to second position in the latest Under-21 rankings after she completed her career ‘triple crown’ of junior titles at the World, UK and Masters events with victory against compatriot Ploychompoo Laokiatphong.

In the new for the season Seniors rankings Jan Hughes retains top spot after she reached the final in Coulsdon, with champion Jenny Poulter moving into second position following yet another success in the over-40s age group.

Please note that for this season ranking points in the Under-21 and Seniors rankings will be awarded in accordance with the new side-events points schedule available HERE.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return with the Belgian Women’s Open from 30 January – 2 February 2020. Entries for the event will open shortly.

World Women’s Snooker Rankings Review 2018/19

Following her record 12th world title success last week at the Hi-End Snooker Club in Bangkok, England’s Reanne Evans consolidated her grip on top spot in the world ranking list following her incredible six-title season.

But what have been the other significant movements during a season which has seen the total number of ranked players grow from 87 to 129, with an incredible 22 nationalities now represented?

Like the professional World Snooker Tour, the WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2016/17 replaced by those from this season over the past 12 months.

Number one

The big move during the campaign came at April’s Festival of Women’s Snooker in Leeds when Evans reclaimed top spot on the world ranking list for the first time since February 2018 following her double title success at the event.

In fact it is a measure of how strong a season Evans enjoyed that having begun the season some 5,850 points behind Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, she has now ended it with a significant lead of 16,850 points.

With both players having banked a similar amount of points during the 2017/18 season and those points due to be deducted from their respective totals over the course of the coming 12 months, Evans looks well-placed to retain the top ranking for some time to come.

Following her victories at the UK Women’s Championship and the Australian Women’s Open however, On Yee does continue to hold a comfortable second position, the top two having now locked out all of the ranking titles for a second successive season.

The top eight

Behind the top two Keighley’s Rebecca Kenna is up one place to third from her season-start position after she reached two ranking finals before Christmas.

Hot on her heels is World Championship runner-up Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who is the sole new entrant to the top eight from the start of the season, having surged up the list from 17th place a year ago. The 19-year-old now has a real chance to close the gap to the top three with no points to be removed from her total until 2020 because she did not compete during the opening half of the 2017/18 campaign.

Down two is Maria Catalano following a difficult campaign undoubtedly affected by off-table issues including the passing of her father last year, with Wales’ Laura Evans a place behind with quarter-final runs at the Women’s Masters and Belgian Women’s Open her best performances.

Suzie Opacic remains in seventh position with a semi-final run at the Women’s Masters representing her best performance, while Australian Women’s Open Katrina Wan is down two to eighth having not competed since her run in Sydney.

On the rise

Poised to join the elite top eight next season is Hornchurch youngster Emma Parker, up six places to ninth following a career-best season and now well within striking distance of Wan above her who is not currently competing on the Tour.

Also moving up is Wakefield’s Steph Daughtery who claimed back-to-back Challenge Cup victories mid-season, while Thailand’s Waratthanun Sukritthanes finished the campaign up in 15th position despite only competing at the Festival and World Championship events at the end of the season.

In fact it was quite a year for Thai players as both Ploychompoo Laokiatphong and Baipat Siripaporn both soared up the list, Laokiatphong up into the top 30 having only made her Tour debut last September, with Siripaporn right behind her in 31st after reaching the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time.

Belgium’s Wendy Jans also became an increasingly familiar face, competing in three ranking events and reaching the semi-finals of each to vault 19 places up the list into the top 16.

The future

While Reanne Evans will take some stopping at the top of the rankings, behind her there are a number of players with positive momentum who have fewer points to defend than those around them.

Already mentioned above, Nutcharut Wongharuthai will have her sights set on the top three while others placed higher on the unofficial one-year list for the 2018/19 campaign, than their positions on the official two-year ranking list include Emma Parker (5th), Wendy Jans (7th), Steph Daughtery (8th) and Jaique Ip Wan In (10th).

Conversely, players who could face a drop down the ranking list having earned significantly fewer points than the previous season having missed out on events include Maria Catalano (19th), Diana Schuler (16th), Aimee Benn (26th) and Jenny Poulter (27th).

The 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour is set to begin with the all-new Women’s Tour Championship invitational event at the Crucible Theatre on 17th August, prior to the first ranking event, the UK Women’s Championship a month later in Leeds. Further details of additional events will be announced soon.

LITEtask UK Women’s Snooker Championship: Tournament Preview

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return this weekend with the LITEtask UK Women’s Snooker Championship in Leeds and with the draws for the tournament now out, today we take a look at a few of the key themes to follow throughout the event.

The top two

Having shared last season’s silverware between them, current world number one Ng On Yee and 11-time world champion Reanne Evans will once again head into the tournament as the players to beat.

On Yee, who last season won the event for a third time with a 4-1 victory against Evans in the final, will be looking to extend her advantage at the top of the current world rankings with the gap currently standing at 5,850 points at the close of last season. In fact, with Evans defending maximum points from the corresponding event two years ago when she defeated On Yee in the semi-finals, the Hong Kong player will only need to complete her first match to guarantee retaining top spot following the event.

Record eight-time UK champion Evans however comes into the event having won three of the past four singles competitions on the tour and with 5,450 fewer points to be removed from her total during the course of this season will be keen to start closing the gap this weekend in Leeds.

Group draw

With the top two seeded through to the knockout rounds the remaining 26 players will contest Saturday’s group stage with the top two guaranteed to progress from each of the seven groups.

There is a real feeling of variety to this event with nine of the world’s top ten joined by five players who will be making their first appearances on the women’s circuit in Leeds, including players from the USA and Thailand.

Group A is headed by two-time UK Championship semi-finalist Suzie Opacic who will be aiming to go one match further this weekend and reach the final for the first time. The current world number seven will be joined by Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai, fresh from her appearance at last week’s SangSom 6-Red World Championship in Thailand, as well as Elizabeth Black and Heidi De Gruchy.

Grimsby’s De Gruchy will be making her return following a year off the tour since the corresponding event in 2017 at which she qualified for the knockout stages for the first time before losing out to Reanne Evans.

Over in Group B we have a real mix of youth and experience with top seed Aimee Benn joined by fellow junior Steph Daughtery and seniors competitor Dorothée Rapp of Germany. The group is completed by Hull’s Kate Longworth, the first of five debutants at the Northern Snooker Centre.

On paper one of the most eye-catching groups is Group C which will see world number four Rebecca Kenna looking to progress beyond the quarter-final stages of this event for the first time.

She will be up against former world women’s under-21 champion Emma Parker, Claire Edginton and Thai debutant Ploychompoo Laokiatphong. Coached by professional player Mike Dunn, the Thai youngster is well-regarded as a player and like each of the newcomers this weekend, a welcome addition to the circuit.

Two players from Hong Kong have found themselves paired in Group D with world number six Katrina Wan paired with compatriot Ho Yi Kee. Joining them will be two-time under-21 event winner Chloe White and 13th ranked Shannon Metcalf.

The final four-woman group is Group E with 2012 champion Maria Catalano its seeded star. Winner of the Connie Gough Trophy in 2017, Catalano is the last player other than Ng On Yee or Reanne Evans to claim silverware on the circuit and will of course look a little different this weekend following the completion of her ‘brave the shave’ challenge on Friday evening.

Set to challenge her on the baize will be Maureen Rowland together with two more newcomers to the circuit in the form of Jessica Connolly and Frances Eames Noland, the latter becoming our first active player from the United States of America.

There is also an international flavour to Group F with Germany’s top ranked player Diana Schuler set to be joined by former world number three Jaique Ip Wan In of Hong Kong and England’s Jackie Ellis.

Lastly, Group G is headed by the experienced Jenny Poulter, who will take on Connie Stephens and our final newcomer for this event, Michelle Baker. The wife of World Disability Billiards and Snooker player David Baker, Michelle has caught the snooker bug and will be looking to make a name for herself starting in Leeds.

Side events

The weekend will also see side-events played across both days of snooker.

The under-21s competition will see eight players begin at the quarter-finals stage in a straight knockout draw with Shannon Metcalf and Emma Parker kept apart as the top two seeds based upon their positions on the current Under-21 ranking list.

First up for home player Metcalf will be a clash with Claire Edginton with either Chloe White or two-time UK under-21s champion Steph Daughtery awaiting in the semi-finals. In the bottom half of the draw Parker will begin her defence of the title that she claimed a year ago against Aimee Benn, while there will also be an all-Thai clash between Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Ploychompoo Laokiatphong.

With six entries received into the seniors competition, both Jenny Poulter and Jackie Ellis have been randomly drawn straight through to the semi-finals and will each await the winner of a preliminary round match. Playing for the right to face two-time defending champion Poulter will be last year’s runner-up Maureen Rowland and Germany’s Dorothée Rapp, while Yvette Greenway faces newcomer Michelle Baker in the bottom half of the draw.

In addition to these two side-events there will also be a Challenge Cup tournament held for players who have not qualified to play during Sunday’s final stages.

Tournament updates

As always, the latest results and draws from the 2018 LITEtask UK Women’s Snooker Championship will be available to view throughout the weekend at MySnookerStats, with regular updates and photos to be posted at our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Belgium to Host First European Women’s Masters

World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) is today delighted to announce the first staging of the European Women’s Masters.

To be held at the De Maxx club in Neerpelt, Belgium, the tournament will take place over three days from 5-7 October 2018 and feature the world’s best women players, each vying for ranking points and looking to take home the coveted title.

The event will run alongside the final stages of the professional D88.com European Masters tournament won last season by Judd Trump in nearby Lommel, allowing players the opportunity to watch the world’s top professionals in action when not competing.

Owned by 12-time European champion Wendy Jans, the modern De Maxx club is situated in the picturesque town of Neerpelt and boasts 10 snooker tables, each featuring its own electronic scoring system.

Diana Schuler, WLBS director said: “We are very excited to be able to announce this prestigious new event in mainland Europe this season. It remains a key objective for us to take the World Women’s Snooker Tour to new territories and we have seen in recent years how interest in snooker has grown in Belgium with Luca Brecel winning his first ranking event last season.

“De Maxx provides the perfect setting for what promises to be a very competitive tournament and I would like to thank Wendy Jans and her team at the club for their support in the organisation of the event.”

Wendy Jans said: “We are pleased to welcome WLBS to De Maxx for the first time this October and are looking forward to what should be a fantastic event. It will be fun to be able to compete on home soil and hopefully this will be another positive step in the development of the women’s tour.”

The European Women’s Masters will be the second event of the 2018/19 World Women’s Snooker Tour. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event and you can contact us HERE for more information.

Further information, including the full event entry pack will be published soon.

On Yee poses next to balls shaped as 1

WLBS Rankings Review 2018

The 2017/18 season was another to remember for Ng On Yee as the Hong Kong player rose to the summit of the WLBS world ranking list for the first time, but who were the other movers and shakers during the season-long campaign?

Like the professional World Snooker Tour, the WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2015/16 replaced by those from this season over the past 12 months.

Number one

As mentioned above, this year has seen a change at the top of the rankings for the first time in nearly four years as Ng On Yee claimed top spot from Reanne Evans following the British Open back in February, maintaining the position through to the end of the season.

With victories at the UK Women’s Championship, Women’s Masters and of course the World Women’s Championship in Malta, it was another strong season for the 27-year-old, although after Evans won three of the campaign’s final four events no doubt the pair will enjoy another season-long battle for top spot next season.

The top eight

Away from the top two it was another successful season for Rebecca Kenna who broke into the world’s top three for the first time earlier this year, eventually finishing in fourth behind Malta finalist Maria Catalano.

The Keighley player enjoyed her most consistent run on the World Women’s Snooker Tour to date, reaching four semi-finals including her third successive World Women’s Championship last four appearance to improve upon her starting position of number six.

The top eight as a whole remained relatively stable with seven of the players who began the season inside the elite bracket remaining there at the end of the campaign. The exception to the rule was Germany’s Diana Schuler, who following a consistent season which saw her regularly qualify for the knockout rounds of competitions, was able to break into the world’s top eight for the first time to become the current highest ranked player from mainland Europe.

Junior progress

It was another strong season for the tour’s junior players who continue to gain valuable experience, including West Yorkshire’s Aimee Benn who also achieved a top ten position for the first time by virtue of reaching the last 16 of each of the six events that she competed in.

As well as Benn, there were new highs for British juniors Stephanie Daughtery (12), Shannon Metcalf (13), Emma Parker (15), Claire Edginton (18) and Chloe White (26) during the course of the season, Parker also climbing to second position in the WLBS Under-21 rankings behind Metcalf following her two victories during the season.

Asian talent

The World Women’s Snooker Tour continued to see an influx of new talent from Asia during last season with no fewer than 10 players from Hong Kong, Thailand and South Korea finishing inside of the top 30.

Without doubt the most successful newcomers were Thai duo Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Waratthanun Sukritthanes, who both earned top 20 places despite not playing a full calendar of events. Both made their debuts at the 2017 World Women’s Championship in Singapore, but it was during 2018/19 that the pair really rose to prominence.

Wongharuthai was first to announce herself as the 18-year-old stunned newly-crowned world number one Ng On Yee in the semi-finals of the British Open to contest her maiden final, before she proceeded to capture the 2018 World Women’s Under-21 Championship in Leeds last month. Sukritthanes meanwhile reached the last eight of the World Women’s Championship in Malta for a second successive year, subsequently going one better at both the World Women’s 6-Red and 10-Red World Championship competitions by reaching the semi-finals.

From Hong Kong we saw three victories at Challenge Cup events as newcomers Ho Yee Ki, Pui Ying Mini Chu and Yee Ting Cheung all claimed silverware, while we also were treated to a memorable semi-final encounter between Ng On Yee and So Man Yan at the Paul Hunter Classic at the start of the season, eventually won by On Yee following a deciding frame.

The future

While the future of course is still to be written, by looking at which players had a strong start to the 2016/17 season or otherwise we can make some deductions as to who may be in a position to climb the ranking list over the first half of the new campaign.

At the head of the list On Yee looks to have a strong grip on top spot as it is Evans who has more points to defend during the first half of the campaign including winner’s points from two of the first three events played during that season. Evans however will then have significantly fewer points to come off compared to her Asian rival as she looks to reclaim the world number one ranking over the following months once again.

With no points to defend over the next six months, top 20 trio Emma Parker, Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Waratthanun Sukritthanes are among those best placed to continue making strides up what is becoming an increasingly competitive ranking list if they can maintain their current form.

The 2018/19 World Women’s Snooker Tour is set to begin with the UK Women’s Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds this September. Further details of the tournament and additional events still to be announced will be confirmed in due course.

On Yee playing snooker

Rankings Update: October 2017

The official WLBS world women’s rankings have been updated for the second time this season following victory for Ng On Yee at the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship last weekend.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2015/16 to be removed during the course of this season. At this update, points earned during the 2015 UK Women’s Championship have been removed from player’s totals and replaced with those earned during this year’s corresponding event in Leeds.

On Yee defends points

With her third career victory at the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship at the weekend, Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee was able to successfully consolidate her position behind beaten finalist Evans in the world rankings.

In fact neither player sees a change to their points totals as the final was a repeat of their 2015 meeting also won by On Yee, therefore the reigning world champion remains 6,800 points behind Dudley’s Evans.

Suzie Opacic playing shot

The top 10

Behind the top two, Maria Catalano who was a semi-finalist in Leeds remains in third position, while Laura Evans and Rebecca Kenna have narrowed the gap behind with quarter-final runs, with neither losing points this weekend having not played in the event two years ago. Evans will however be defending big points at the upcoming Eden Masters having reached the final of that event two years ago on her return to the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Suzie Opacic moves up a place to 7th above the absent Tatjana Vasiljeva following her quarter-final run, while Germany’s Diana Schuler rises to a new career high of number nine following her last 16 run.

Finally, Seniors event winner Jenny Poulter reclaims a top 10 position at the expense of Jaique Ip Wan In, who has missed the first two events of the 2017/18 season and drops two to 11th.

Emma Parker playing snooker

 

The chasing pack

Outside of the top 10 notable movers include Ireland’s Paula Judge, up six to 21st following her last eight run in Leeds, while U21 winner Emma Parker has also gained six positions to climb into the top 30 after she reached the last 16 of the main competition on Saturday.

Heidi De Gruchy was also a big mover having reached the last 16 at a 15-red WLBS event for the first time, moving up to 23rd position from her starting position of 29th.

Teenage duo Stephanie Daughtery and Aimee Benn have also gained positions inside the top 20 having successfully qualified for the knockout stages, while Challenge Cup winner Ho Yee Ki moves up 12 places to 31st after she also reached the last 16 of the main event.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the Eden Women’s Masters later this month – enter the event now at www.wlbsl.com

Reanne Evans wins in Germany

Updated WLBS Rankings: August 2017

The official WLBS world women’s ranking list has now been updated following Reanne Evans’ victory at the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic last weekend.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2015/16 season to be removed during the course of this season. With no corresponding event played in 2015, no points have been removed for this cut-off, with points gained in Germany now added to player’s totals.

Evans consolidates

Following a hat-trick of victories for Ng On Yee towards the end of last season at the World Championship and Festival of Women’s Snooker, the Hong Kong star had closed to within 5,300 points of long-time number one Reanne Evans at the top of the ranking list.

Victory for Evans in Germany however sees her extend her advantage by 1,500 points, with the gap possibly set to widen further following next month’s UK Women’s Championship where On Yee will be defending maximum points following her Leeds victory in 2015.

Rebecca Kenna plays snooker

Top six pull clear

With five of the top six in action at the quarter-finals stages in Fuerth, there is now a gap of some 4,525 points from sixth placed Wan Ka Kai, to the likes of Tatjana Vasiljeva, Suzie Opacic and Jaique Ip Wan In, the trio having not competed in Germany.

There is a new career-high ranking for semi-finalist Rebecca Kenna, who rises one place to fifth position and with no points to defend for the remainder of the year will have fourth placed Laura Evans in her cross hairs over the coming months.

So Man Yan in action

On the rise

One player who looks well-placed to make significant progress up the ranking list over the coming months is Hong Kong’s So Man Yan, now up to 12th following her semi-final run in Germany. With no ranking points to defend during the remainder of the season, it will be all gain for her over the coming months and she is now within striking distance of the top 10.

The newest entry to the top 10 is Germany’s Diana Schuler, who breaks into the group for the first time at the expense of Sharon Kaur following her last 16 run at the weekend. Fellow German Diana Stateczny also made significant progress at the weekend by reaching the quarter-finals, meaning that she climbs six places to number 21.

Junior players Stephanie Daughtery and Aimee Benn both gain one position each to rise to 16th and 19th respectively, while there are three new entries to the ranking list, Sangeeta Hemchand, Anita Seidel and Linda Erben having entered a WLBS event for the first time during the current counting period.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for next month’s LITEtask UK Women’s Snooker Championship.

Home Hopes

With just two days to go before the start of the 2016 Paul Hunter Ladies Classic in Germany, today we profile some of the eight players who will be competing in a WLBS event on home soil for the first time in their careers…

Diana Stateczny

Bochum-based Diana Stateczny is perhaps the best known and certainly the most decorated German female snooker player, having won the German Championship on five occasions and made a tournament high break of 78.

Also a finalist at the European Championship in 2010, the 36-year-old enjoyed a strong performance at this year’s WLBS World Ladies Championship. Having progressed through her group with four wins from four, she then shocked fourth seed Maria Catalano with a 3-1 win to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Christina Schneider

A talented American pool player, Christina Schneider will be competing in her first snooker tournament in Furth as she looks to take herself out of her comfort zone.

On the pool circuit she notably reached the semi-finals of the 2014 9-ball German Championship and plays regularly for BC Ludwigsburg. This week however snooker will be the challenge and she has stated that she is looking forward to meeting her fellow players from across the globe and seeing how her game matches up against them.

Ramona Kirchner

Something of a local hero at the Paul Hunter Ladies Classic, Ramona Kirchner plays for 1.BC Lechbruck and has a competition high break of 50.

Winner of the German Championship back in 2005, like Schneider she is looking forward to mixing with international players and to seeing how her standard compares to the other players in action in Fuerth.

Diana Schuler

Following a two-year stint based in England, Diana Schuler has recently moved back to Germany and perhaps has reason to look forward to the Paul Hunter Ladies Classic more than most.

Alongside her playing career, which has seen her compile a competition high break of 53 and reach the semi final of the European Team Championship 2013, the 35-year-old also acts as Marketing Director for the WLBS and has been instrumental in the organisation of the event.

At local level she plays for 1.SC Schwalbach and has the distinction of being included on the professional game’s 147 list, as she was the opponent when two-time world champion Mark Williams made his second career maximum in Rüsselsheim six years ago.

Completing the field

Completing the German contingent in Fuerth will be four relative newcomers to the scene:

Dorothee Rapp (Bielefeld)

Ingird Kuna (Berlin)
Tanja Ender (Fürth)
Steffi Henze (Stuttgart)

Entries Open for Paul Hunter Ladies Classic

Entries are now open for the 2016 Paul Hunter Ladies Classic which will take place from 25-28 August 2016.

The tournament will be the first event of the 2016/17 WLBS Women’s World Ranking Series and the first ranking event to be held outside of the UK this decade.

The group stage and quarter-finals will be held at the Ballroom Nurnberg, before the semi-finals and final are played alongside the World Snooker Paul Hunter Classic at the Stadthalle in Fuerth.

Full details and the entry pack are now available here. The closing date for entries is the 21st July 2016.

WLBS Director Diana Schuler said: “The staging of a women’s world ranking event in mainland Europe this season is a significant milestone for the WLBS and I am delighted that our first tour stop will be in my home country Germany.

“It is fantastic to be able to give the many women players in Germany and mainland Europe the chance to be able to play on the WLBS tour and also to showcase their talent to the fans in Germany.

“We would like to thank the WPBSA and Thomas Cesal as the promoter of Paul Hunter Classic for this great opportunity to play alongside the sport’s top professional players.”

Earlier this month the WLBS announced its full calendar for the 2016/17 season including events in the UK, Germany and Singapore.

Restructure For World Ladies Snooker

The World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association (WLBSA) has become World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) after becoming a subsidiary company of the WPBSA.

As part of a rebrand the WLBS is looking to restructure ladies snooker to ensure events and governance falls in line with WPBSA processes. The WLBS is looking to develop its events into a global calendar and is looking to work with National Governing Bodies to provide a fuller calendar of events and give opportunity for a fair rankings system for female players across the globe.

The former WLBSA board all retain their positions within WLBS, joined by WPBSA vice chairman Nigel Mawer who will be responsible for Discipline and Governance. WPBSA chairman and World Snooker director Jason Ferguson will also assist the board in an advisory role.

WLBS Board members:

President: Mandy Fisher

Vice President and Sports Development Director: Sharon Kaur

Company Secretary: Vicky Shirley

Marketing Director: Diana Schuler

Finance Director/Tournament Director: Clive Brown

Discipline and Governance: Nigel Mawer

Advisor to the board: Jason Ferguson

The WLBS board is currently working on development plans to increase female uptake of participation, refereeing and coaching.

WLBS President Many Fisher said: “I am looking forward to a bright future for Ladies Billiards & Snooker. These are two of the few sports where gender is no barrier and there is no reason why women can’t compete at the highest level, alongside men.”

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “There should be no boundaries to participate in sport. As Snooker’s World Governing Body we have a responsibility to provide opportunity for all. There is a demand for ladies snooker and there is no reason why ladies can’t compete at the highest standard. I am delighted to see this latest development coming together.”

The WLBS is looking to launch its new calendar for the 2016/17 season at the World Championship in Sheffield in April 2016.

More information on 2015/16 events can be found at www.WLBSL.com