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Seeds Set for Singapore

The final seeding list for the 2017 Eden World Women’s Snooker Championship has now been set following the recent Connie Gough Trophy.

This year’s World Women’s Championship will be held at the Lagoon Billiard Room, in Toa Payoh, Singapore on 13-19 March 2017, the first time that the event will be staged outside of the UK in over 20 years. The tournament carries a total prize fund of £15,000, with £5,000 going to the eventual champion.

The provisional format for the main event will see group stage matches played over the opening three days, with 16 players progressing to the knock-out stages. The top eight entered players will be seeded into eight groups, in accordance with the updated world ranking list following the Connie Gough Trophy earlier this month. These players will be guaranteed not to meet during the group stages.

The top eight seeds are:

Reanne Evans (England)

Ng On Yee (Hong Kong)

Maria Catalano (England)

Laura Evans (Wales)

Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia)

Suzie Opacic (England)

Katrina Wan (Hong Kong)

Rebecca Granger (England)

The remaining players will be drawn into the groups at random, with the draw to be carried out by representatives from tournament hosts Cuesports Singapore during the week commencing 6th March 2017.

Photo of Reanne Evans with UK Trophy

Evans Above

It has been another record-breaking year on the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) circuit for Dudley’s Reanne Evans, who claimed four of the five ranking events held in 2016 to remain the undisputed world number one in women’s snooker.

The highlight came at the Eden Resources World Championship in April, where she won a landmark 11th world title with a 6-4 success against Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, winner of the event in 2015.

Further victories came against her closest rival came in the final of the Eden Classic in March and most recently at the semi-final stages of the LITEtask UK Championship in October on her way to a record eighth title, while she also successfully defended the Connie Gough Memorial Trophy in February.

Evans would not enjoy a clean sweep in 2016 however, as world number two On Yee defeated her 4-1 in the final of the inaugural Paul Hunter Ladies Classic in Fuerth, Germany.

On the rise

Few would dispute the status of Evans and On Yee as the leading players on the WLBS tour, but which players have impressed behind them in 2016?

Ending the year third in the rankings is Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva, whose highlights this year included a first WLBS ranking event final at the UK Ladies Championship, as well as a run to the semi-finals of April’s Eden World Championship. The 33-year-old also came to the attention of the wider snooker world at the professional Riga Masters in June, where she lost out to Marco Fu 4-1 in a deceptively tight encounter, two of the frames decided on the final black.

Fourth placed Maria Catalano has enjoyed another solid year, reaching the final of the Connie Gough Memorial Trophy and the last four of the Paul Hunter Classic to stand behind only Evans and On Yee in terms of points earned during 2016.

Next up on that criteria are Laura Evans and Rebecca Granger, who have both made significant moves up the ranking list during the year. Welsh number one Evans returned to the tour with a bang at the final event of 2015, reaching the final of the Eden Masters and has taken that form into this year, consistently reaching the latter stages of events. She ends the year ranked up inside the top 10, with the scope to climb higher if she can maintain that level of performance.

Close behind her is Keighley’s Granger, who having reached the semi-finals of the Eden World Ladies Championship at her first attempt, is already up to 14th in the list and eyeing a place inside of the top ten.

Finally, German national champion Diana Stateczny has also impressed in 2016, reaching the quarter-final stages of each of the two events that she has entered, enough to see her climb to 23rd in the list.

Young Talent

The calendar year has also seen three under-21 events staged in support of the main Women’s World Ranking Series competitions.

The first was held at Derby in support of the Eden Classic, with 19-year-old Yana Shut defeating Claire Edginton to take the title to Belarus.

There was also an overseas winner at the Eden World Ladies Championship as India’s Varshaa Sanjeev defeated South Korea’s Jeong Min Park 3-0 in the final. It was a particularly memorable event for the 19-year-old, as she completed a title double having already won the Plate competition with victory against Suzie Opacic the previous evening.

Most recently, Wakefield’s Stephanie Daughtery claimed the U-21 competition at the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship in Leeds, completing a successful defence of the title that she first won 12 months earlier.

To Singapore

The action continues in 2017 with the Eden Women’s Masters at the Cueball, Derby in January, before the players will fight to win the Connie Gough Trophy in Dunstable a month later.

From there, the tour will head east for the 2017 Eden World Women’s Championship, which for the first time will be held in Singapore at the Lagoon Billiard Room on 13-19 March 2017 with the support of Cuesports Singapore and their chairman Christopher Chuah.

“Earlier this year I was contacted by Mandy, who asked whether Singapore would be keen to host next year’s WLBS World Championship,” said Chuah. “We were only too happy to do so and are now extremely excited by the prospect of hosting the WLBS Eden World Championship next year here in Singapore.”

The event will mark the first time since 1995 that the biggest WLBS tournament will be staged outside of the UK, as the circuit continues to expand globally.

WPBSA supports WLBS

It has been also been a significant year in the development of the WLBS off the baize, as it became a subsidiary body of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), in December 2015.

The following year has seen new events staged with the support of the WPBSA, including the Paul Hunter Ladies Classic, which saw the WLBS hold an event outside of the UK for the first time this decade.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “As world governing body, the WPBSA must demonstrate equality and diversity in our development plans. The World Professional Snooker Tour is open to anyone who is good enough, however we are now making a conscious effort to encourage more women to take up our sport through their own organisation. We are delighted with the progress made by the WLBS and there is no doubt that in the future we will see more women competing at the top level.”

Updated WLBS Rankings: August 2016

The WLBS world rankings have been updated for the first time during the 2016/17 season following Ng On Yee’s victory at the Paul Hunter Ladies Classic last weekend.

By securing her third career WLBS ranking title in Germany, the 25-year-old has closed the gap to beaten finalist Reanne Evans, although the world number one still retains a comfortable lead of 15,900 points.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2014/15 season to be removed as this season progresses. With no points to be removed at this update however (see points drop-off dates), unsurprisingly there have been gains for many of the players who competed in Germany.

With their runs to the semi-finals, bronze medallists Maria Catalano and Tatjana Vasiljeva both climb one place to third and sixth respectively, while Vicky Shirley breaks into the top eight for the first time since April 2015.

Quarter-finalist So Man Yee, competing in her first WLBS event since the 2015 World Ladies Championship is up two places, as is Russia’s Irina Gorbataya, who came within a frame of shocking eventual champion On Yee at the last 16 stage in Germany.

Further down the list, one of the biggest movers is Ireland’s Ronda Sheldreck, up 14 places following her run to the knock-out stages. Germany’s Diana Stateczny also continues her rapid rise up the rankings, another quarter-final following her run at the World Ladies Championship earlier this year enough to see her climb 10 places to 23rd.

Finally, Belgium’s Wendy Jans is a notable new entry at 46th, having reached the quarter-finals at what was her first WLBS event during the counting period.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship which will take place on 8-9 October 2016 at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.

On Yee Claims Ladies Classic

Ng On Yee won the first ever Paul Hunter Ladies Classic last weekend with a 4-1 victory against world number one Reanne Evans at the Stadthalle, Germany.

The pair met in the final of a WLBS event for the third time in 2016, Evans having come out at the Classic and World Championship events at the end of last season.

It was On Yee however who made the stronger start on this occasion, claiming the opening two frames to take an early lead, before Evans closed the gap by taking the third. The next two frames both came down to the colours, but a double on the brown helped On Yee to go two clear again at 3-1, before she set up what would prove to be the match-winning clearance with a snooker on the brown in the fifth.

The success is On Yee’s third career WLBS title to date and her first since the 2015 UK Championship last September. Earlier in the tournament she had found herself 3-1 down to Irina Gorbataya before winning the last three frames to reach the quarter-finals. From there the former world champion never really looked back, dropping just one frame in defeating Wendy Jans, Maria Catalano and Evans to take the title.

The 25-year-old, who remains ranked second in the WLBS ranking list, also hit the tournament high break during the third frame of her quarter-final victory against Jans, a clearance of 104 to the pink enough to secure the prize sponsored by Fracht.com & KSS Events.

“I was struggling a bit from the beginning with my form and some of the shots yesterday,” said a delighted On Yee. “After winning my last 16 match however, I was able to take a short break and regroup. I wasn’t really focusing on the century, but rather trying to play each shot individually and making the best of it.”

The Hong Kong ace described herself as ‘over the moon’ to have won the title and was pleased by how the event had unfolded as a whole, in particular praising the quality of the field, which included the top seven players on the WLBS world ranking list:

“It feels great to be here in Germany for the first ever Paul Hunter Ladies Classic. This is my very first time here in Germany and I enjoyed the good food, very nice people and the weather.

“It was a great venue and it was good to see so many players competing in the event. It had also been a while since I had played together with both Reanne and Wendy in the same tournament so that was a nice experience too.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to play with so many friends around and I hope to continue to see more doors opening up for ladies snooker in the future. I am really looking forward to this season’s Eden World Championship which will be held in Asia for the very first time. Hopefully this will attract new faces to the game and create more opportunities for ladies snooker.”

The Paul Hunter Ladies Classic was the first event to be held outside of the UK in over a decade and the first of a new co-operation between the WLBS and the WPBSA, the world governing body for snooker and billiards.

For the first time, the final of the event was played alongside the quarter-finals of the professional competition staged by World Snooker at the Stadthalle venue and was enjoyed by a large number of spectators in attendance.

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Evans Regains Ladies Crown

Reanne Evans won the WLBS Eden Resources World Championship for the 11th time by beating Ng On Yee 6-4 in the final in Leeds.

Evans won the tournament ten consecutive times from 2005 to 2014, until her run ended last year when she lost to Hong Kong’s On Yee in the semi-finals. The 30-year-old from Dudley has now regained the crown.

Defending champion On Yee led the final 3-1 after a break of 72 in frame four, but Evans hit back to 3-3. On Yee took the seventh frame but Evans finished strongly by winning three in a row to capture the trophy.

World number one Evans, who has now won the last four WLBS ranking events, said: “I am over the moon. I am glad to win the title back and now the trophy is back in England where it belongs. There was more pressure on On Yee than me this year. I know how difficult it is being defending champion, but I just wanted to play alright.

“I struggled a little bit, kept fighting and thought that if I stuck in there my safety would let me have a few chances. When it went 4-4 I thought if I could get in front, it would get me going and I wouldn’t fancy losing after that. In the end I felt like I was cueing alright and I enjoyed it. I am really pleased to come away with the trophy.”

On Yee, who dropped just one frame on her way to a third consecutive final, said: “It was a good game, she played well today. I was a bit nervous as defending champion but I enjoyed the game. I am now focused on my match against Peter Lines in Sheffield and looking forward to the challenge.”

On Yee now heads to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to take part in the Betfred World Championship qualifiers – she starts her opening match against Lines at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

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Here come the girls

The 2016 Eden Resources World Ladies Championship in Association with Northern Snooker Centre will be held between 31st March and 5th April in Leeds.

Staged by the sport’s newly restructured governing body, World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS), the event is arguably the most eagerly anticipated edition of the sport’s biggest tournament in recent years.

For the last decade it has been Dudley’s Reanne Evans who has reigned supreme over the ladies game, winning the tournament on a record ten successive occasions from 2005-2014.

Last year however saw the world number one suffer a shock defeat at the World Championship, falling 4-2 to Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee at the semi-final stage, the 24-year-old going on to defeat Emma Bonney and win the biggest tournament of her career to date.

Following her big win, On Yee repeated her victory against Evans to win the UK Championship last September and prove that her world title success was no accident, although it is Evans who has now won the three most recent events (Eden Masters, Connie Gough Memorial and Eden Classic), as she prepares to try and win back the world crown in Leeds.

In a change to the format for 2016, the top eight seeded players will be automatically seeded through to the knockout stages, with the remaining players required to come through a two-day round robin phase to complete the last 16.

This means that the likes of Evans and On Yee, as well as other top ranked players including four-time World Championship runner-up Maria Catalano, 2015 finalist Emma Bonney and Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva can focus on the final two days of the main event.

The main World Championship tournament is however just one of the competitions that will be staged over the course of a six day World Festival of Ladies snooker.

During the first two days of the event there will be a ladies pairs event (won last year by Reanne Evans and Jasmin Bolsover) and a mixed pairs event (won by Reanne Evans and Michael Holt).

In tandem with the round robin matches there will also be seniors (won by Jenny Poulter last year), and under-21 competitions (won by Jasmine Bolsover) played at the Northern Snooker Centre, with a plate event, also won in 2015 by Woking’s Bolsover.

Members of the public are welcome to come and watch all events, while live updates will be posted via the website www.WLBS.com, Twitter and Facebook.

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Please contact WLBS Marketing Officer Diana Schuler for any questions you might have

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On Yee Named ‘Best of the Best’

Reigning WLBS world ladies champion Ng On Yee was named ‘Best of the Best’ at the prestigious Hong Kong Sports Star Awards on Monday evening.

On Yee, who became world champion for the first time in her career last April, emerged victorious at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, from an initial field of 34 candidates who had been nominated by their respective associations. The 25-year-old became the first non-cyclist to win the prestigious award for seven years, ending the three-year reign of Sarah Lee Wai-sze.

She told the South China Morning Post: “I am very happy to have had a lot people supporting me so that I can overcome hurdle after hurdle to achieve the many good results on the international stage.

“As a player, I enjoy a lot of benefits in training and competitions but this could not have happened without the hard work and contributions of many former snooker players in Hong Kong. I owe them a lot.

“I will be spending a lot more time in England this year and the road ahead will be much more difficult against many top professionals, but I will keep learning to become a better player.”

The world number two is currently preparing for the defence of her world title with the 2016 Eden Resources World Championship due to begin on 31st March 2016 at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

She has also been invited to participate in the 2016 Betfred World Championship, with the qualifying tournament to run from 6-13 April 2016 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. The draw is to be made after the seeding revision following the conclusion of the China Open.

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On Yee To Play In Betfred World Championship

Reigning world ladies snooker champion Ng On Yee has qualified to take up a place in the qualifying rounds of this year’s Betfred World Snooker Championship.

On-Yee, 25, from Hong Kong, became the first non-British winner of the World Ladies Snooker Championship last year and is now set to play in the sport’s biggest event at Ponds Forge International Centre in Sheffield in April. She will need to win three qualifying matches to reach the televised stages at the Crucible Theatre.

On-Yee, who ended the ten-year reign of Reanne Evans in the semi-finals of the ladies event, is coached by Terry Griffiths’ son Wayne and also went on to win the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship for a second time last September.

Last year, Evans played 1997 world champion Ken Doherty at the Betfred World Championship qualifiers in a tightly contested match, eventually won 10-8 by the Irishman.

“I am very excited by the prospect of competing in the best competition in the world,” said On-Yee. “It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the differences between the ladies game and the professional tour.

“Playing at the very top level is a dream come true for me. I am excited to see new doors being opened in snooker, with more opportunities for ladies to participate in different competitions.

“After such a good year of results in 2015, I want to build on that and try to become even stronger in 2016. This added opportunity to compete with and learn from some of the best players in the world is a chance I am very grateful for. I will work very hard to represent myself, Hong Kong and ladies snooker in the best possible way. My goal will be to make the most of this opportunity as I look to improve in the future.”

The WPBSA, snooker’s world governing body, recently announced a restructure of ladies snooker whereby World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association (WLBSA) became World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS), after becoming a subsidiary company of the WPBSA.

“On-Yee’s success at the 2015 World Ladies Championship was an incredible achievement and she thoroughly deserves the opportunity to now play in the World Championship in Sheffield,” said Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA.

“Snooker is a sport with no boundaries and as the first non-British winner of the World Ladies Championship, On Yee is a tremendous example to all who aspire to compete in our sport at the highest level.

“Following the recent restructure of the WLBS we are hugely excited by the future of the ladies game and looking forward to continuing its growth globally as we continue to promote the core values of the Olympic movement.”

The qualifiers for the 2016 Betfred World Championship will run from 6-13 April 2016, with the draw to be made after the seeding revision following the conclusion of the China Open.