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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

On Yee with UK Trophy

On Yee Regains UK Crown

Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee has defeated Reanne Evans 4-1 to win the LITEtask UK Championship for a third time this evening in Leeds.

The reigning world women’s champion made a fast start to take the opening frame with a run of 44, before snatching the second on the black to double her advantage.

Evans was bidding to claim a record ninth UK crown in Leeds and responded by taking the third frame to halve the deficit, but it was not to be her day as On Yee added the next to win her first silverware of the 2017/18 season.

The scoreline is a reverse of Evans’ 4-1 success in the final of the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic last month and means that On Yee has successfully defended the ranking points from her previous victory two years ago that were due to lapse after this event.

“I am absolutely over the moon,” said a delighted Ng On Yee. “Last week I played in the Asian Indoor Games and I didn’t really play very well so I did not have any expectations, but since I arrived I have been been able to practice and have been getting better.

“In the final I played well in the beginning but Reanne was a bit unlucky with some shots. I am really happy to win back the title because last year I lost in the semi-finals to Reanne.

“I would like to thank our event sponsors LITEtask, whose support helps to make these tournaments bigger and to attract more and more women to play the sport and to improve. The venue here at the Northern Snooker Centre is a nice club with good tables and some great regular players including Peter Lines and Daniel Womersley to practice with.”

Mark Pears of title sponsor LITEtask added: “It has been another excellent tournament, LITEtask is delighted to be helping women’s snooker. On Yee and Reanne continue to set the benchmark for the other players to aspire to and it is great to see a number of new faces involved and continuing to grow women’s snooker.”

Under-21 players Leeds

Side events

The Challenge Cup event for players who did not qualify for the quarter-finals was won by another player from Hong Kong, Ho Yee Ki who defeated Emma Parker 2-1 in the final match of the day.

Parker, however, was able to emerge victorious in the under-21 competition, defeating Shannon Metcalf 2-0 in the final earlier in the day.

The Seniors event saw defending champion Jenny Poulter successfully retain her title with a 2-0 victory against Maureen Rowland.

To Gloucester

The next stop on the World Women’s Snooker Tour will be the Eden Women’s Masters which will be staged on the weekend of 28-29 October 2017 at Gloucester’s South West Snooker Academy.

Entries are still open for the event – visit www.wlbsl.com to learn more.

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.

Evans Claims Women’s Classic in Germany

Reanne Evans has won the 2017 WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic in Germany, defeating Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee 4-1 in the final.

The pair met in what was a repeat of last year’s final at the Stadthalle, having both survived close semi-finals on Saturday evening.

11-time world champion Evans was bidding to claim her her first WLBS ranking title since January and made the stronger start, a break of 59 giving her the opening frame before she won a scrappy second frame to double her advantage.

On Yee however, has earned a reputation on the women’s circuit in recent years for her comebacks in matches and hit back by taking the third to halve the deficit. The defending champion looked all set to level the scoreline at 2-2, only for Evans to force a snooker on the pink and eventually snatch a frame that she never looked like winning with a piece of good fortune on the black ball.

Evans went on to dominate the final frame to complete a 4-1 victory and win her latest WLBS title.

Reanne Evans wins in Germany

“I am happy to win in Germany,” said Dudley’s Evans. “I have always liked going there as the crowds are fantastic. This year it was great to experience the atmosphere at the Stadthalle with having both the the semi-finals and final there, which is good to help promote women’s snooker.

“I felt that I was struggling with my game so to come out as the winner was satisfying. Hopefully there is more of the same to come for the rest of the season!”

The next event on the World Women’s Snooker Tour will be the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship, to be held in Leeds on 30 September – 1 October 2017. Evans will be the defending champion, having captured a record eighth UK crown at the event in 2016. Entries for the event are still open here.

Last 16 Results

Ng On Yee 4-0 Inese Lukasevsaka
Diana Schuler 0-4 Diana Stateczny
Dong Mei Mei 4-3 Linda Erben
So Man Yan 4-0 Manon Melief
Rebecca Kenna 4-0 Aimee Benn
Wan Ka Kai 4-0 Christina Schneider
Maria Catalano 4-0 Stephanie Daughtery
Reanne Evans 4-0 Ramona Kirchner

Quarter-final Results

Ng On Yee 4-0 Diana Stateczny
Fong Mei Mei 2-4 So Man Yan
Rebecca Kenna 4-0 Wan Ka Kai
Maria Catalano 1-4 Reanne Evans

Semi-final Results

Ng On Yee 4-3 So Man Yan
Reanne Evans 4-2 Rebecca Kenna

Final

Reanne Evans 4-1 Ng On Yee

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Paul Hunter Women’s Classic: Enter Now

Entry is now open for the WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic as the World Women’s Snooker Tour returns to Germany for the start of the 2017/18 season.

Won by Ng On Yee last season, the early rounds of the tournament will again be held at the nearby Ballroom Nürnberg, with the semi-finals and final provisionally set to be held alongside the World Snooker Paul Hunter Classic at the Stadthalle, Fürth.

For the first time, following successful negotiations with the promoter Dragonstars of the World Snooker Paul Hunter Classic, all players who enter the WLBS event will be able to watch the professional event for FREE! The event will be a fantastic opportunity to compete against world’s best women players and when not in action, to watch the professionals in play at one of the most popular venues on the World Snooker Tour.

Further information, including online entry and the full entry pack for the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic are available at www.wlbsl.com. The entry deadline for the event is Monday 17 July with payment of all entry fees to be made by 4:30pm on Tuesday 18 July.

Players will note that for the season World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) has introduced Standard Conditions of Entry, which shall apply in full to all WLBS events unless otherwise stated within the entry pack. We urge all players to read this document carefully and to contact us if you are unsure as to its contents.

Last month WLBS announced its provisional calendar for the 2017/18 season, with further information to be confirmed as soon as possible.

Updated WLBS Rankings: April 2017

The official WLBS world women’s ranking list has now been updated following the concluding event of the season, the LITEtask Festival of Women’s Snooker in Leeds, England.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2014/15 season having been removed during the course of this season. With no remaining points to be deducted however, no points have been removed from the ranking list following the Festival, which has seen points added to the total.

It has been the perfect week for second-ranked Ng On Yee, who with victories in both the 6-Red and 10-Red competitions in Leeds has slashed the advantage of world number one Reanne Evans by more than half.

With the 11-time world champion in competition at the professional Betfred World Championship and so unable to compete at the Festival, On Yee has reduced Evans’ lead from 15,300 points to just 5,300.

Elsewhere, there is just one further change within the top 10, with the newly married Rebecca Kenna (née Granger), achieving a new career-high of sixth position, switching places with Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva.

Not involved in either competition carrying ranking points in Leeds, Vicky Shirley drops three places to 15th, but it was a strong week for Emma Bonney who has climbed 11 places to break into the top 20 at 19th.

Season changes

Comparing the rankings to the start of the season, the biggest winners are Laura Evans and Rebecca Kenna, who have climbed from 12th and 21st positions, to fourth and sixth respectively.

Junior players Shannon Metcalf (13th), Jeong Min Park (18th) and Aimee Benn (20th) have also seen significant rises to climb into the top 20, while Claire Edginton is close behind in 22nd.

Paula Judge, Heidi de Gruchy and World Championship runner-up Vidya Pillai have all finished the campaign inside of the top 30, despite having not competed during the previous season.

Among those to have dropped places, Jaique Ip Wan In has fallen six places from third to ninth, while Jenny Poulter and Vicky Shirley have both dropped out of the top 10 since the start of the campaign.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the opening event of the 2017/18 season.

Ng On Yee with trophy

On Yee Reigns at Festival of Snooker

Two-time world women’s snooker champion Ng On Yee added two further titles to her collection at the LITEtask Festival of Snooker in Leeds.

The event, which was hosted by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) over five days at the Northern Snooker Centre saw six titles decided, including two carrying ranking points won by the Hong Kong star.

She defeated Emma Bonney 4-2 in the final of the Six Red competition on the opening day of the tournament, before adding the 10 Red title, overcoming Welsh number one Laura Evans by the same scoreline on Monday.

The women’s pairs event was won for the first time by 11-time world billiards champion Emma Bonney and Vicky Shirley, after the duo came back from 2-0 down to defeat Laura Evans and Suzie Opacic 3-2 in the final.

The world mixed event also saw new winners crowned as professional player Sanderson Lam and WLBS number five Katrina Wan edged out Rebecca Kenna and Dylan Mitchell in the final. Wan is the second player from Hong Kong to claim the title in succession, after her compatriot Jaique Ip Wan won the event last year.

The final day of the Festival saw both Seniors and U-21 competitions staged, with Emma Bonney claiming her second title of the weekend in the Seniors event with a 3-2 success against Jenny Poulter, while Emma Parker whitewashed Shannon Metcalf 3-0 to claim the junior tournament.

The event brought the curtain down on a landmark season on the World Women’s Snooker Tour, which has seen WLBS ranking competitions held in Germany and Singapore for the first time with the support of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

It was another successful year for world number one Reanne Evans (absent from the Festival due to her involvement in the professional World Championship qualifiers), who claimed victories at the UK Ladies Championship and Eden Women’s Masters on home soil. Overseas however it was Ng On Yee who took silverware in Germany and Singapore, before adding titles in Leeds this week to complete the season having earned more ranking points than any other player during 2016/17.

Draw Available: Eden World Women’s Snooker Championship 2017

The draw for the group stage of the 2017 Eden Women’s World Championship to be held at the Lagoon Billiard Room in Toa Payoh, Singapore on 13-19 March 2017 has now been made.

Of the 32 entrants, the top eight players in accordance with the updated ranking list following February’s Connie Gough Trophy have been seeded and kept apart during the group stage. In a draw carried out by tournament hosts Cuesports Singapore, the remaining players have been drawn into the eight groups, with players of the same nationality drawn apart.

Two players will progress from each of the groups and will be seeded into the knock-out draw in accordance with their results during the group stages.

Eleven-time world women’s champion Reanne Evans has been drawn in Group C and will open her latest title defence against international opposition in the form of Suniti Damani (India), Hoe Shu Wah (Singapore) and Nutcharut Wongharuthai (Thailand).

Asian number one and 2015 world champion Ng On Yee will face India’s Chitra Magimairaj, winner of the seniors competition at the 2016 World Women’s Championship, as well as Singaporean number one Charlene Chai and Ireland’s Ronda Sheldreck.

In total players from 10 different countries, including a mix of WLBS newcomers and some more familiar faces, will compete to claim the most prestigious prize in world women’s snooker this year.

The event will be formally launched on Sunday 12 March 2017 with a pre-tournament reception at the iconic Marina Bay Sands building, ahead of the start of play the following day.

You will be able to follow the latest results and group standings via MySnookerStats

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.”