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Group Stage Draw Released for Paul Hunter Women’s Classic

The draw for the group stages of the 2017 WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic is now available.

The tournament returns to Furth, Germany for a second year from 24-27 August with top stars including Reanne Evans, Ng On Yee and Maria Catalano aiming to lift the silverware at the end of the week.

The trio will be among an international field which includes five of the world’s top six players, including ranking event winners and several of the most promising up and coming juniors on the Tour. In total, nine different countries will be represented, including Germany, the UK, Hong Kong and India.

In a change to the event format this year, the top two seeded players (Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee) have been seeded straight through to the knockout rounds. The remaining 25 players have been drawn into seven round robin groups, from which the top two finishers will qualify for the last 16 stage.

The group stage draw was carried out by World Snooker referee Maike Kessler and tournament director Jurgen Kessler on 12 August 2017, with the top seven ranked players (excluding Evans and On Yee), seeded and kept apart in the draw.

As in 2016, the early rounds will take place at the Ballroom Nurnberg, with the semi-finals and final set to be contested alongside the professional Paul Hunter Classic event by World Snooker at the Stadthalle in Furth.

The tournament is the first event of the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour, organised by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker under the auspices of the WPBSA, snooker’s world governing body.

Updated WLBS Rankings: October 2016

The updated WLBS world rankings have now been published following victory for Reanne Evans at the recent LITEtask UK Ladies Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

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. Following the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship, the points from the 2014 Eden Classic have been removed in accordance with the already published points drop-off dates.

This means that although world number one Evans retains a comfortable lead at the top of the rankings following her eighth LITEtask UK Ladies Championship victory, her points total remains at 68,400 as she has effectively defended the points that she won at the Classic two years ago. In fact, second placed Ng On Yee actually closes the gap slightly to 14,850 points, as her semi-final run in Leeds was an improvement upon her quarter-final exit in 2014.

One of the big movers unsurprisingly is Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva, who reached her first WLBS final before losing out 5-1 to Evans. Her run, combined with the fact that she had no points to be removed from her ranking means that she climbs from sixth to third in the list ahead of Maria Catalano and Hong Kong duo Jaique Ip Wan In and Wan Ka Kai.

Another player making progress up the ranking list is Laura Evans, who climbs into the top ten for the first time since her tour return at number nine following her run to the semi-finals at the Northern Snooker Centre. With no points to defend during the next 12 months following her return to the circuit at the 2015 Masters, the Welsh number one is on course to rise further still.

Hot on her heels is Keighley’s Rebecca Granger, who is up seven places to 14th after narrowly losing out to world number two Ng On Yee at the quarter-final stages in Leeds. Like Evans, the tour newcomer has no points to defend for the foreseeable future and will be eyeing a place in the world’s top ten, while Challenge Cup winner So Man Yan is also up a place to 16th.

Finally, it was also a successful weekend for Ireland’s Paula Judge, who comes straight into the list at number 46 by making it through to the quarter-finals at her début WLBS event. With plans to continue playing for the remainder of the season, she could be another one to watch over the coming months.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the Eden Ladies Open Championship which will take place on 14-15 January 2017 at the Cueball, Derby.